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Old 12-22-2008, 08:25 AM   #1
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Motard Clip Ons?

As the title says, what are the disadvantages if I put clip ons on my motard? Will it affect handling or suspension?

I like how it makes space available in the center for gps/misc accessories to attach better than handlebars. Space like this on the ninja:

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Or why not like this?

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I'm still a . Whether or not this is a bad idea, I barely have a clue. Helps pleeaassee.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:30 AM   #2
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Oh, and comfort ain't a big deal as well as clearance, it's a 'tard -- it can make a 180 3ft over.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:36 AM   #3
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I never even thought about it. I think if you are planning to stay on asphalt then it's probably no big deal. But if you plan to go off road at all or hit jumps on a real motard track then I think it would be big problem.
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the bike in the 2nd pic looks cool, guess you gotta find the right size clipons for your forks. do it but yea, as long as you don't plan on going offroad then you should be ok.
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Old 12-22-2008, 09:54 AM   #5
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I wouldnt do it but if you can find some clipons to put on it I can help you put them on.
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get some aftermarket rearsets too, turn that 'tard into a hypertard!
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get some aftermarket rearsets too, turn that 'tard into a hypertard!
Motards and dirt bikes dont have rearsets they have foot pegs only.
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I might just have a friend fabricate an "adapter" like the ninja650 sport bars so clip ons-like will attach on top (not on the forks).

It will just ruin the meaning of a dual-sport w regular clip ons, wouldn't it.
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One of the things often quoted as enhancing the handling of motards is the wide spaced bars giving so much leverage.
I would think that clipons being narrower would reduce that, but maybe with long bars it would'nt change too much.
Just a thought.
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One of the things often quoted as enhancing the handling of motards is the wide spaced bars giving so much leverage.
I would think that clipons being narrower would reduce that, but maybe with long bars it would'nt change too much.
Just a thought.
why would you wanna do that?

just change up the bend. they sell bars in all different bends. maybe some drag bars with just a little bit of pull back would work for you. plenty of room and u dont have to change it up much.
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why would you wanna do that?

just change up the bend. they sell bars in all different bends. maybe some drag bars with just a little bit of pull back would work for you. plenty of room and u dont have to change it up much.
Why would you want to do what?

I was just saying that clip ons might reduce your leverage so making them a little longer than normal could give the racer tuck and still provide good leverage.
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I don't really think you need to worry about the leverage if you're not using it as a real motard with tight turns and dirt. These bikes are so lite running them on a regular track doesn't take much leverage.
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I don't really think you need to worry about the leverage if you're not using it as a real motard with tight turns and dirt. These bikes are so lite running them on a regular track doesn't take much leverage.
I gotcha. No, right now it's just a commuter and weekend warrior -- no track yet. When I do, I'll just switch back to bars. Thanks!
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Try the Kawasaki 250 / 500 bars and top triple clamp. They mount flush on the triple and are as high as regular dirt bars.

I'd just stick with what you have and let someone fab up a GPS tray to go on top of what you have.

Do you have regular bars or oversize? For $150 you could get oversize bars and clamps to hold them and free up the space normally taken by the cross bar on regular bars. You could mount stuff in the space...
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Here's a pic of a big bar conversion:

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It seems to have the same end effect you are looking for, and you don't lose the adjustments that come with having tubular bars.

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They sell the fat bars in sizes for minis, meaning 1.5 inches narrower than full size bars, and they fit smaller shoulders better and allow you to move around more on the bike when riding on the road.
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They sell the fat bars in sizes for minis, meaning 1.5 inches narrower than full size bars, and they fit smaller shoulders better and allow you to move around more on the bike when riding on the road.
I have to look into these.

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