Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
I prefer my Genmar up-n-back risers, but I've ridden for a week on Moto-Caribe's stock strom with no discomfort. we really need a photo of Dom riding.
Start with adjusting the rotation angle of the bars. Loosen the clamps and find the position that feels good. go for a ride and take the tools along...you might need more adjusting.
Sit with your back straight, normal slight concave arch in your lower back. Relax and drop your shoulders. Relax and drop your elbows. Relax your hands and wrists. With your back straight, lean forward slightly from the hip joints (not by curving your back) so your weight is supported by the wind as you ride.
Gripping the tank with my knees doesn't work for me. It is tiring and doesn't allow the bike to move around a bit under my stable upper body. I do like to have the balls of my feet on the pegs and my knees lightly against the tank for a more connected feeling with the bike.
All this said, some people do benefit from adjusting the bike to fit them with risers or a change of bars. Try different riding positions first, then make a posting to find other strommers in your area with the bar mods so you can sit on their bike and check the fit before you spend any money.
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