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I Took My V in for its first 600 mile service yesterday, and on collection the guy said " how do you ride your bike like that" and I said " LIke what?????"

apprently my handle bars were way to far forward, he explained when the bikes come from abroad in the box, the handle bars are not fitted, and need to be fitted by the dealer(normally a 15 year old apprentice)

Now then, there are little dots on the handle bars for lining everything up, he showed me, and indeed my handle bars were way out.

He adjusted them as to the dots and I must admit the bike is much better, I always felt that if I really gunned(revved) the bike hard then I had a chance of slipping off the grips, but im now realising that my wrist were stretched to far forward.

So it might be worth you all checking your brand new "V"'s to see how yours is set up

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When i got mine the handle bars were too far to the right...almost half an inch...I lined them up on the marks that you mentioned. It doesn't seem like there are too many dealers that do a good job of prepping the bikes.

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I also found my handle bars to be too far forward. Just put them in a more comfortable spot. Ill be looking for those dots to see if I got it right. The front wheel was also on backwards! A mechanic told me they are paid piece work, a certain amount for each job performed, not performed correctly. The faster you are the better your pay check. So much for dealer service.
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I agree about dealer setup. Even the very
experienced mech who set mine up left half
a dozen things wrong. Rushed? Under
pressure? No excuse.

I moved my handlebars back slightly from
the dots so they just clear the tank and
cowling to get better arm position. Looks
like to really be comfortable I'll have to
install the vibration-damping Rox risers
sometime soon. Wish these farkles didn't
cost so much...

Edit: Hmmm. Remembered that wrong.
The only dots on mine are punch marks
to index the control clamps, out towards
the handgrips. I did have to rotate the
mirrors back after moving the handlebars
back as far as they could go without
hitting. My expectation is that once I
get the risers installed I will play with
that positioning some to get the best/
safest clutch and brake grip.

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Where are the little dots?
Thinking about it, he did show me the dots that line all the controls up, but I didnt pay much attention when he took the handle bar cover off(one with 4 allen bolts) as he dropped the snanner onto my tank and I was horrified and thinking " I want to hit him "

But im defo happy with my new set up, it feels more natural and relaxed, just gave my mate a go who has a BMW GS1150, and he loved the "V" riding position and lightness of the machine
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My dealer actually did a pretty good job, but you have to remember that even if he adjusted the bars and other controls exactly to the position Kawasaki specifies, it doesn't mean it'll fit you. I always end up moving things around after riding a new (to me) bike for a while to find the most comfortable riding position and control position for me.

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