Join Date: May 2015
Location: Maastricht, Netherlands, Europe
You could do that. I replaced my handlebars when I still had the 1300, and I was very pleased with that, but risers is an option, and relatively simple to apply.
One thing that is important to realize though, from my experience with separate risers, is that it is fairly easy to get them out of alignment, which means that the handlebar gets into a skewed position. If you look at the Yamaha service manual, you'll see that the original risers are 3 pieces, one piece at the back which is a single piece over the full width between connection points to the upper steering head, and two to hold the handlebars in place at the front. The single back piece makes it sturdy. The moment you add two risers, it becomes less stable. Should be ok under normal conditions, but a simple fall may offset the handlebars.
So I'd suggest you either go for the RSTD handlebars, or a 2 or 3 piece set of risers, IOW, similar to the original, just higher, and not a 4 piece set. The Strat/Liner version consists of 2 pieces only, and that is even more sturdy. I just had a new riser set machined, also 2 pieces only, just to give it that extra sturdiness.
HTH, kind regards, Wim
Own: 2006 Yamaha XV1900A Midnight Star, Black Cherry, with all the Strat S trims ( (2015-)
Owned: AMF Harley 350SS (1976-1977); Yamaha XS650 (1977-1979); 2012 Yamaha XVS1300A Midnight Star, Dark Grey Metallic G (2014-2015)