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Old 11-03-2008, 09:25 PM   #1
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What's your take on handlebar risers/clip ons with a rise?

What's up everybody?
I was reading about the ZX-14's riding position in motorcyclist mag. It says that "the riding position is on the relaxed side of sporting" because the bars clip on above the top triple clamp. Although bars are set low, they do not heave your weight to your wrists.
That got me thinking about making a mod to my bike to do the same through risers or clip-ons that have a rise due to the fact that so far all of my riding is on the street (commute, saturday/sunday ride). I'd like to do some track days next year, but still most of my riding will be on the street.
What's y'alls feedback / recommendations?
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Old 11-03-2008, 09:28 PM   #2
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Honestly, will kill the ride handling on the bike.

That's the sacrifice for a SS bike. Its the seat-to-bar level that makes the big difference.
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Old 11-03-2008, 09:49 PM   #3
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How would it kill the handling?
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Old 11-03-2008, 09:55 PM   #4
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If you move them on top of the triple, you must drop the forks about 3/4 inches to give the bars room to clamp onto. This is what a lot of guys do to "tighten" the front end to get faster turn in on the track. It's a tradeoff. You'll be 1-2 inches higher, the bike 3/4 of an inch lower in front. It really should not have any impact on your perception of handling till you begin to ride at over 95%. And many fast riders like the bike dropped in front anyway to shorten rake and move weight onto the front wheel.

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How would it kill the handling?
raising you bars transfers more weight to the rear tire. suspension will have to be totally reset to make it stable.

another thing to consider is clearance in you fairing. there might not be room to move bars without hitting hands or reservoirs.
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I like my weight on the rear when Im corning lol...

but by swapping the the bars to the top of the upper triple you're only gaining an inch... and potentially weakening the clamp for the fork on the upper.
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They make aftermarket risers so you don't have to move the forks. So far as changing the weight balance, all you have to do is bend the elbows a bit more to put the weight back on the front. Plus, proper riding position you shouldn't be weighting the bars anyhow. At any point other than WFO you should be able to open your hands or take them off the grips without any ill effects.

Anything you can do to make the bike more comfortable will always translate to a better ride for YOU. If you are not comfy on the bike, you will be more tense and not giving the correct inputs.
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hmmm.... every time I play with handlebar height on the busa I have to change suspension setting on the front.
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hmmm.... every time I play with handlebar height on the busa I have to change suspension setting on the front.
If you aren't moving the forks, it shouldn't affect it "that" much. Unless you are heavy on the bars and not using your stomach muscles for support.
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Judging from your avatar pic, you need to get a helmet that fits better. I would concentrate on that before raising anything on your bike.
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IDK... every thing I do that change ride height or the way I sit makes the bike feel different. even shaving the seat forced me to make a slight correction. when I was playing with handle bar risers and getting a set up I liked every little change I made forced me to adjust suspension accordingly. maybe it a busa thing. I would think a smaller lighter bike would be more more sensative than a heavier bike would.
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get some clip on , my lsl clip ons put me about 3/4 in up, much better!
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Look into Convertibars......... You can drop them for track days and hard running, then raise them for the day to day cruise.
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