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post #1 of 20 Old 06-20-2012, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Bar/riser combo that puts no weight or wrists?

One of the problems I was having with my wee was i'd get sore wrists/shoulders/and neck from the slight forward lean to the bars. I had The stock bars but added 1" risers. This helped but did not fix the problem.

I was riding my klr and noticed there was no pain at all. The klrs bars are tall enough and wide enough that my hands rest on the bars with no lean and no weight.

I'm wondering if anyone here has found a bar/ riser combo that allows this straight up and down seating position with no weight on the bars?
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post #2 of 20 Old 06-20-2012, 04:51 PM
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i think that is a pretty tall order on this bike. especially since the relationship to the bars will vary with every rider.

i'm pretty short and i went with pro taper contour in KX High along with adjustable Rox Risers. not the best picture, but here's what the setup looks like.

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post #3 of 20 Old 06-20-2012, 05:07 PM
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TeeVee... what mirrors are those?? i like the looks.

I wonder if you need a bar with more sweep to it as well as height... have you considered that option?
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post #4 of 20 Old 06-20-2012, 08:39 PM
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You might be able to figure it out yourself using this site as a guide: Motorcycle Ergonomics

Add the bike that you found to be very comfortable (the KLR) and your measurements. That will show you your position on the bike and your relationship to the bars. Then add the Wee and any changes you have made, such as a taller seat, position on the seat, etc. That will give you the relationship on that bike. Then you can chage the parameters of the Wee (rise, pullback, etc.) until your relationships on both bikes match (more or less). It may not be perfect, but it should get you in the ballpark. Then you just need to find the bars, or combination of risers and bars that match the diagram (taking the measurements of the stock Wee bars into account).

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post #5 of 20 Old 06-20-2012, 10:45 PM
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Have u considered gloves with padded palms?? I thought about that on my man bike ride tonight. I used to get numbness before I got some better gloves... Maybe that would also translate on the motorcycle. Just a thought
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post #6 of 20 Old 06-20-2012, 10:49 PM
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I just went with a Renthal Raptor 700 bar w/o risers and it pretty much fits me well. I am 6 foot with a 32" inseam.

I finally figured out what bar dimensions were critical to me. I have been through a few combinations and this one pretty much nailed it for me.

Dimensions C, D, E, F were what was critical for me. I had found that the overall height was not as important as the rise that occurs after the first bend near the clamp area.

I ran into some trouble with dimension F on some bars that did not leave enough room to mount all the controls and the sweep (dim E) begins to bind my wrist if it gets much over 120mm.

Before this bar I was running the Renthal SUZUKI LT-R450 06-09 with Genmar 1" up and 1 3/8" back risers. While this gave me the height I was looking for it also pushed me too far back on the seat. With the angle of the triple tree on the Strom the Genmar risers put the bar more back than up.

The Renthal page has all this info available:

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Rox Risers solved my problem in this area 100% - spendier than simple lift risers but worth it for the range of adjustment.

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Originally Posted by RockyMtnScotsman View Post
Rox Risers solved my problem in this area 100% - spendier than simple lift risers but worth it for the range of adjustment.

Yep.....ROX....ROCKS.... Got them on my STrom with the stock bars.

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You may want back more than up. Can't you loosen and pull the whole assembly toward you? Also, if you consciously use your legs to hold you up, your hands simply become input devices. In other words, grip the tank with your knees.
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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 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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