There are many modifications that can be done to your snowmobile. Some modifications are justified by the increased performance they add to your snowmobile and others by the increase in comfort they add for you, the rider. A snowmobile handlebar riser is a modification to your snowmobile that is relatively affordable as compared to other snowmobile modifications which can rack up rapidly. If you are a snowmobiler, you are definitely aware of this.
What is a Snowmobile Handlebar Riser?
A snowmobile handlebar riser is exactly what it sounds like. It literally raises the height of your handlebars. There are many options when it comes to handlebar risers allowing you to raise the height of your handlebars anywhere from 1.25 inches to 10 inches. There are also adjustable handlebar risers that provide a range of heights that you can adjust your bars between if you are unsure of what height you want them at or if you have an exact height you want your handlebars at that is not offered in a single height option snowmobile handlebar riser. An example of this would be a 4 inch to 6 inch adjustable handlebar riser which allows an infinite number of height options between 4 and 6 inches.
Advantages of a Snowmobile Handlebar Riser
The main advantage to adding a snowmobile handlebar riser to your snowmobile is the opportunity to improve your riding posture and comfortability. Handlebar risers allow you to stand in a more upright position, which slows your fatigue while riding as you avoid a bent over position. They also give you more leverage over your sled making it easier to turn your sled in powder and also put it on its side if you plan on doing any side hilling.
Snowmobile Handlebar risers are for the riders who are more of an active rider that stands a lot. If you are a trail rider and sit most of the time you are on your sled, handlebar risers really are not all that necessary. They were designed for the more technical riders with very active riding styles.
What to be aware of when buying a Snowmobile Handlebar Riser
If you have decided that you would like to get handlebar risers for your snowmobile there are a couple things you should be aware of. The first being the length of the cables on your snowmobile’s current handlebar setup. If you put a taller handlebar riser on your sled you may need to extend your cables. Cables that are too short for your handlebars after the addition of your new handlebar riser will keep your snowmobile from operating properly. The second item to keep in mind is the style steering post your snowmobile has. Your snowmobile may have a flat steering post or a pivot steering post. Knowing this is vital to selecting a handlebar riser that will work with your snowmobile. Most handlebar risers on the market have an adapter that will make the riser work with sleds that do not have the steering post required for the handlebar riser, so do not worry too much, but keep in mind you may need that adapter.