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Here are Ron Kerlin's notes from the Yahoo Group, Thanks Ron:

For those wishing their handlebars were slightly further forward or backward, there is a very easy way to do this. I discovered it by accident after I got my 2nd Majesty. I noticed that the handlebars
were much further forward on the first one.

Most bikes with handlebar covers have very limited, if any, adjustment
fore and aft, but not so the Majesty.

By removing the top cover, (4 hex-head screws hold it on. 2 on the
bottom, near the handgrips, and 2 near the steering head.

Note that the screws are 2 different lengths, the longest ones go in
near the handgrips.

When the top cover is removed, you will see 4 large hex-head bolts
securing the handlebars to the steering head. Just loosen these
slightly and you can adjust the tilt of the bars to suit your
size/preference. Just make sure that you don't move them so far
forward that the mirrors hit the windshield in a full-lock turn.

There is about a total of 6-8" of adjustment possible.

Total time for the mechanically-challenged: about 15 minutes!

Ride safe!
Ron Kerlin

Here are Curtis Rock's notes from the Yahoo Group, Thanks Curtis:

I just adjusted my handlebars and considered it a simple 30 minute
process, thanks to the posts here. I adjusted so that the mirror stalks
were about 1/4" from the windshield edge at full rotate positions. Sad thing was that I couldn't get much adjustment out of the position it was at
previously. My knees are about 1 inch from the parking brake on tight turns, with my boots on. I am 6' 0" tall.

For your reference, I sat on my friend's Burgman 650 the other
day, and there is at least 6 inches from the lowest part of his handlebars
to my knees.

Following are a few notes on getting the handlebars to their
highest position. You need a 4mm allen wrench and a 6mm allen wrench. I have the allen wrench kit with rubber handgrip. It provides a nice support for hand torquing and doesn't get in the way, too much, when
removing/installing screws. The 4 mm wrench is for the 4 screws holding the top and bottom handlebar covers together.

As you remove the screws at the handgrip area, note the angle that the screw comes out at, so you know how to quickly align it on the way back in. The angle happens to be exactly 90 deg to the line made by the handgrip part of the handlebar.

Once you get the 4 screws off, unsnap the top and bottom covers
from each other and remove the top cover only.

Use the 6mm allen wrench to break loose the 4 handlebar screws.
While breaking loose, note the level of torque required to loosen them
so you know how to torque them later. For you purists, the service manual says 17 ft-lb torque on these screws.

Slightly loosen, but don't remove, the 4 screws, and the handlebar
will fall to its low position, which is ridiculously low. While keeping the
handlebar horizontally centered in the mounting clamp, turn the wheel to
it's far position and adjust the handlebar rotation so that the mirror
stalk comes close to, but doesn't touch, the windshield. Slightly tighten one of the clamp screws to hold the handlebar in position, and turn the wheel to the far opposite position and check mirror interference.

Note that the screws have an arrow pointing forward (to front of
bike). The arrow must point forward. There is no gap on the front part of
the mount, but there is supposed to be a gap on the back side of the mount. Tighten the front screws to 17 ft-lb., then tighten the back screws
(closest to seat) to 17 ft-lb.

Before snapping the top cover back on, not the alignment of the
bottom cover to the tab on the handlebar at the handgrip area. You will see it requires some pushing of the bottom cover to get the holes aligned. Decide how you need to push the bottom cover when installing that screw later.

Snap the covers together, then install the 4 remaining screws.

The next two steps can be done in any order. Have a beer to
celebrate, and test ride bike.

After my beer, I took a test ride. I noticed a
significant improvement in handlebar height, and eliminated any knee
hitting problems. I did several tight left U-turns in the
neighborhood and had zero problems hitting my knees. This
adjustment was definitely worth it. I think I'll take my allen
wrenches and adjust that Majesty I'm buying in Tulsa before I ride
it down to Dallas this weekend.

Curtis Rock/Dallas TX

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Thanks for posting the directions! I'd like to play with that when I get His Majesty put back together.

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Thanks for the posting, guys, I just finished raising mine in the hopes that it will remove some of the nails which develop in my lower back during long rides.

One comment, though. I have mirror extenders on mine, and it appears impossible to raise the bars high enough to hit the windshield. If you need to raise yours a little more, and don't already have mirror extenders, you might think about adding them to see if they improve your handlebar adjustment.

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When i lifted mine up, it stop them hitting my knees, which was great, but i did out them back a little bit as it made the reach to far.
Once you get it right for your size, it makes the Maj a lot more stable at low speeds (IMO) :roll:

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:D I'm very glad this handle bar adjustment was posted. I'm 6' 2" and the handlebar was next to my knees, expecially left knee. I always thought of this as a safetly hazzard. I even contacted Yamaha customer relations about it but they had no resolution. I ajusted exactly as described and I'm very happy about the results. I can now make a normal turn withoug moving my legs. This has made a big difference in the way I make turn. And I feel a lot safer!
When making the adjustment, note that the hand brake/mirror assembly can also be ajusted forward giving even more allowance to move the handle bar up. Thanks again!

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What's cool is that it's been here for three years! :D It's one of the best kept secrets of our Majesties.

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I am 6 ft 1 and before I did this adjustment I would sonetimes hit my knee, especially when using a crampbuster, throttle assist. Now I gave 3 or so inches clear and the arm position feeels better too. Thanks for great tip

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And fundamentally, this the preeminent reason forums exist.
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