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Old 11-30-2012, 11:12 AM
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Yes, lowering. I know, most of the threads that I can find are trying to raise the bars and move them back. Well, I've always been in the difficult to handle group and have been considered odd in almost everything I do. Not wanting to disturb the general image that I've worked so hard to create, I'd decided to try lowering my bars for a more sporty feel to the riding position.

Yes, I understand all the ergonomics and how they may affect the handling of the bike but I wanted to expand the cockpit a little by placing the handlebars further away from me. I have ordered these from the Motorcycle-Super store. I figure that the price is less than $20 so I'm only out the 20 and the time to test my configuration.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:40 AM
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I coulda saved you the $20 if you'd only requested my sage advice before you charged ahead to a timid half-measue solution.

You could just flip the stock handlebars so they hang down awesomely low.

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Old 11-30-2012, 11:55 AM
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I coulda saved you the $20 if you'd only requested my sage advice before you charged ahead to a timid half-measue solution.

You could just flip the stock handlebars so they hang down awesomely low.

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I remember doing that to bicycle handlebars as a kid. Gave the bike the cool racer look without the $. Worked great until you had to make a sharp turn or u-turn.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:17 PM
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Actually, I thought of that and you guys are too funny. It won't work because the rise would be too much dip. No turns...as you said.
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Actually, I thought of that and you guys are too funny. It won't work because the rise would be too much dip. No turns...as you said.
You want sporty, lose tha fairing.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:15 PM
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Not sure how those MX bars will lower your hands compared to the stock bars on the Strom.

I did buy those exact bars to try to make my SV650s into a Pre-Strom.
The project included changing the upper tripletree, adding the blocks and bars, changing the brake cables and rerouting the throttle, clutch cable other wiring. The seat was leveled, and I scrounged up an old six-pack rack from the front of a quad and reworked it into a usable tailrack.

Then, after staying off the lithium for a week, I welded up a new fairing mount that raised the fairing three inches and forward one inch. The original mirrors were frame mounted on the SV. The new ones are meant for a mountain bike. They had a built-in shock absorber, so they were very good on the bar ends and they cost $14 each if I remember correctly.

My first real motorcycle mod, other than farkling.

When I sold the bike, it was to a blonde, twenty year old college co-ed, with a 38 inch inseam and Daisy Dukes.
She swung her leg over the seat and turned to give me a big smile.
That image is forever burned into my memory, lithium notwithstanding.






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Same general goal I had when I cut apart a spare set of stock bars and rewelded them (less rise, less pullback).
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Same general goal I had when I cut apart a spare set of stock bars and rewelded them (less rise, less pullback).
I followed that project and you hit the nail right on the head. Very nice job.
I have finally determined the sweep of the oem bars is what is causing my left wrist to hurt. The Vee is the only bike I have that issue with; all the others have less sweep. I spent a couple of hours last night trying to get an idea of what I want, and I will be contacting Renthal tomorrow. Getting the sweep I want is going to be a boogger when it comes to clearing the windscreen.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:23 AM
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New bars just arrived. They're white, like my Wee, and the rise is a little more that I thought it would be, but that's probably good, so I can manage to clear the tank at full lock. Both the sweep and the rise seem about half of the stock bars and I will try to mount them today at lunch (I rode to work) just to see if they will allow the fork to turn lock-to-lock without contact. I remain optimistic about the more sporty outcome.

StrominNormin: I did evaluate loosing the fairing and may yet go that route, but the price of the pieces and parts for the modified headlight mount are out of range for my wallet right now. Stay tuned...

It took me a little over an hour to install the Fly Racing bars. I was working slow and taking my time, but they fit and the levers clear the fairing nicely, which was my biggest worry. I had to clip the nubs off of the controls on each side, instead of drilling into the bar, to re-attach but I don't anticipate any problems. The levers re-attached without issue and I even get room for my RAM mounts at the riser. No time over lunch for a test ride, so I don't know how they feel except for sitting on seat and adjusting the mirror...gosh, I wonder if I remember to plug in the clutch lock out wires? Hummm....
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:35 PM
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Keep posting on this. I've been waffling about changing out the bars for lower less-sweepy bars. My goal is to get a little closer to the fairing, hoping to get just ahead of the turbulent air. Issues I will have will include the Kaoko throttle lock and OEM heated grips.

For the price you can't go wrong trying it out.
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