It is very important when fitting the handlebars that any sharp edges are removed from the handlebar mounts where they come in contact with the handlebar (see illustration 1). Failure to remove these sharp edges could lead to a fatigue failure.
To make sure that the handlebar is aligned centrally use the laser marked positioning grid for centre and rotational location (see illustration 3).
The positioning grid also allows you to replace the handlebars in exactly the same position should you need to remove the handlebar from the bike for any reason.
In the event of any crash, it is a wise precaution to make sure that the handlebars have not been damaged. Check also that none of the controls have come loose and that the handlebar has not moved in the triple top clamps.
In the event of a severe crash the handlebar must be replaced. This is because in a crash the handlebar is the most stressed component on the motorcycle.
Do not attempt to straighten the handlebar
Do not modify the handlebars.
Do not centre punch or in any way mark the handlebar. Physical marking of the handlebar can lead to stress raisers.
Do not clean the handlebar with any form of metal polish or concentrated cleaning fluids.
The use of these products could damage the anodised finish of the handlebars.
Note that now even Silver 7/8" handlebars are anodised.