1960 To 1959 Handlebar and risers.

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1960 To 1959 Handlebar and risers.

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Post by conrod60 » Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:25 am

I had a new 1959 FL back in the day. Recently I purchased a 1960 FL. It is stock except the previous owner put pre 1960 headlights, driving lights and sheet metal on it. To complete the transformation into a 1959 clone I need to replace the handlebars and risers. The BIG QUESTION I want to put to the group is whether or not a 1959 handlebar and riser setup will work on the 1960 bike? Bike still has a 6 volt generator system and stock FL exhaust.
Dean

PS Got the 1959 from Sodies in Bloomington, Illinois. The Prince of Peoria! National #77



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Re: 1960 To 1959 Handlebar and risers.

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Post by RUBONE » Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:37 am

Top triple tree is different. '59 risers have internal rubber mounts. '60 has rubber mounts in the top tree. The spacing also differs. But a '59 type tree is a direct belt on to the '60 fork, so a relatively easy swap.

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Re: 1960 To 1959 Handlebar and risers.

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Post by conrod60 » Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:59 am

Thanks Rubone! Any idea how available the Harley 1959 upper tree is? And for what it is worth the availability of risers and handlebar? Have never changed an upper tree. Pinch bolts and retaining nut?

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Re: 1960 To 1959 Handlebar and risers.

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Post by Bigincher » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:37 am

Just yesterday I was looking for something in my attic and came across a couple sets of trees. I may have what you need, and will post photos tomorrow if interested. Let me know.

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Re: 1960 To 1959 Handlebar and risers.

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Post by RUBONE » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:15 am

Conrod60,
The trees, risers, and handlebars are all fairly readily available. Tom Faber makes superb reproduction bars, or used ones with age show up on sites like Ebay regularly. You will need a tree with a slight bevel on the bearing seat area for the correct stem alignment on Duo-Glide forks. The risers use a riser link to stabilize them so you would need it along with the risers and caps. The existing control parts from your 2 piece bars will interchange with the one piece bars.
The swap is simple. Remove the top screw in caps on the fork legs along with the top stem nut and all will come apart. You will need to set the head bearing pre-load upon assembly but otherwise all is a simple bolt together.
Robbie

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Post by Bigincher » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:29 am

Oh yeah, risers and the link!
Conrod60, I have all that stuff, OEM, good shape, NOT eBay prices.
Sorry I forgot about the photos today. I got busy on my '52 and it slipped my mind.
If you think you might be interested, send me a PM. Id be glad to work out a deal with you on that stuff.

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Re: 1960 To 1959 Handlebar and risers.

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Post by Bigincher » Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:14 pm

Conrod60,
It sounds like you need just the top clamp ("triple tree"). I have a set, both upper and lower fork clamps, and I'm not interested in breaking up the set.
I have risers and links. If interested, PM. Otherwise, you can find them out there, they show up. Just watch out for bad threads in the top of the risers for the cap studs.

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Re: 1960 To 1959 Handlebar and risers.

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Post by conrod60 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:51 am

Bigincher: Will send PM.

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Post by conrod60 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:51 am

Bigincher: Will send PM.

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Re: 1960 To 1959 Handlebar and risers.

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Post by Bigincher » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:21 am

conrod60 wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:51 am
Bigincher: Will send PM.
Got your message, Conrod. We'll talk tomorrow.

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Re: 1960 To 1959 Handlebar and risers.

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Post by cruzin55+ » Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:22 am

Until a couple of days ago, Nov '17, I thought the riser spacing on the top tree was 3 1/2". Then read this thread and the fact that the pre nacelle spacing was different, as confirmed by RUBONE. I have a '59 FL (Elizabeth) and have had her for in excess of 40 years. In the process of getting her as period correct as possible, within reason, and although this new change or fix I will have to complete amounts to diddly in the grand scheme of things, it is never the less something that needs to be addressed. So, to those of you who have this info at the ready, my 3 1/2 inch riser spacing on my top tree has to go, as well as my two piece bars, correct? I have stock risers but have yet to acquire the tin wear that goes around the trees, which includes the riser cap, piece of tin for the top tree and the plastic piece the wires and throttle/spark advance cables goes through. And, of course now one piece bars and top tree with 5 1/2 inch spacing. So, am I correct, now, finally :roll:
Funny thing, what one assumes, after all these years. Speaks truth the phrase relating to the spelling break down of that key word "assume".
Thanks in advance,
cruzin55+

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