I recently ordered a new set of handlebars from BellaCorse. I wanted to try a pair slightly lower and wider than my current Western bars. The main reason is that I have suspected that the distance from the end of the bar to where the bar starts to bend is a bit too short for my stock Triumph Bonneville throttle control. It actually binds the throttle a bit because it is clamping down at a slight angle. By going a little wider, I hoped to free this up.
Along with the sports bars I ordered a set of Joker Machine 2-piece handlebar clamps in black.
Well, the handlebar switch went fine. The Joker Machine clamp switch did not. I discovered that the Joker Machine clamps hit the D9 Bracket that I installed last month. So, I had to keep the stock bracket on for now. I removed the Western bars by removing the Joker Machine folding bar-end mirrors, left side handle bar grip and clutch lever assembly, right side brake lever assembly and center handlebar clamp.
I am happy to report that the bars do in fact free up my throttle because there is no binding now. When I release the throttle, it quickly goes back to idle position with no delay.
I am going to have to think about what to do for the clamps. I could try to find an alternate pair of black clamps that are a bit narrower or I could modify the Joker Machine ones with a little grinding and filing, to fit my bike. More on that to come.
April 26, 2014 Update
I decided to try to make the Joker Machine clamps work by grinding away one corner where they hit the D9 bracket. It worked quite well using a bench grinder. Once I had the corners ground down, I smoothed it out with a file, then masked and sprayed the raw aluminum with black paint. Then I installed the clamps after removing the stock OEM clamp.