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tilted the steering bar up front.. what a difference!

Just to share a new finding, even if some may find this a bit basic!

Unscrewed the bar bolts and tilted it forward just a nick. First about 5mm, tried out, was funny and felt I was riding harley. But then it is a Kawa right so set at 2mm and it was a big deal! now I feel much more front weight and confidence in twisties, the arms are a bit higher and I got more "in" the seat.

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Moving/setting forward is the handlebar higher than the standard setting.

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Moving/setting forward is the handlebar higher than the standard setting.

I don't get it
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I don't get it
I think he's trying to say "Thumbs up to moving the handlebar higher!"
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I don't get it
when you move the handlebar forward, does it feel the bar is a bit higher giving you better handling.
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I think he's trying to say "Thumbs up to moving the handlebar higher!"
Many thanks for helping out

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when you move the handlebar forward, does it feel the bar is a bit higher giving you better handling.

Many thanks for helping out

precisely! as I said it was a really small tilt, I marked the initial spot and the final stay was like 2 milimeters up from start!
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precisely! as I said it was a really small tilt, I marked the initial spot and the final stay was like 2 milimeters up from start!
Thanks, was always with the idea of moving the bar a bit front to get better handling. Will try out sometime soon.

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Yea,

Glad someone else rotates the bars forward. I have done this on every bike I've had as it just feels better to me.

Maybe the "standard" set up is so that the bikes feel smaller and easier to handle at the dealer?

Anyway, it does make the riding position feel a bit more "aggressive" and is about the cheapest and easiest to reverse mod. around.

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Thanks, was always with the idea of moving the bar a bit front to get better handling. Will try out sometime soon.

Fastoman just donīt forget to mark the initial spot with a small x cross close to where the bar meets the grub with a cd label pen just to make it reversible to the very same spot when and if necessary (otherwise getting it right back is close to impossible)

I used this strategy in several occasions while shooting field target compressed air guns precisely for that reason.

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precisely! as I said it was a really small tilt, I marked the initial spot and the final stay was like 2 milimeters up from start!
I'm visualizing a Schwinn Cruiser

I don't get it either.

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Tilted mine back!

I did the opposite. I tilted my bars back until they just clear the tank and fairing. I wanted to sit as upright as possible and as far back on my modified seat as possible. No probs in the twistys either.
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That's what I love about handlebars as opposed to .clip-ons. Easy adjustabilaty that's free. I went through risers, heli bars, wedges,etc... on my other bikes to find that happy spot. I think I'll go out to the garage and move my handlebars just for the hell of it just because I can.
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This is definitely the easiest and one of the most rewarding mods you can do. I went the whole way with new lower bars and rotated forward risers in the end. Pic attached.

Just have to remember that bikes are made one size fits all, so doing these little things makes a huge difference.
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I adjust my bars so that my wrists are straight and comfortable and that my fingers naturally "fall" over the levers. Nice, ride all day like that.
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Fastoman just donīt forget to mark the initial spot with a small x cross close to where the bar meets the grub with a cd label pen just to make it reversible to the very same spot when and if necessary (otherwise getting it right back is close to impossible)

I used this strategy in several occasions while shooting field target compressed air guns precisely for that reason.

rgds
Thanks and will keep that in mind.

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precisely! as I said it was a really small tilt, I marked the initial spot and the final stay was like 2 milimeters up from start!
2mm is about the padding thickness of a pair of riding gloves, so I'm not sure how it would make any noticable difference ergonomically.
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2mm is about the padding thickness of a pair of riding gloves, so I'm not sure how it would make any noticable difference ergonomically.
2mm along the radius of the bar at the clamp, yeah? That'd be a cm or two at the grips.

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2mm along the radius of the bar at the clamp, yeah?
that's how i read it. a 2mm rotation at the clamp would turn the bars appx 10.4 degrees, which is not an insignificant change.

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I used this strategy in several occasions while shooting field target compressed air guns precisely for that reason.

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2mm along the radius of the bar at the clamp, yeah? That'd be a cm or two at the grips.
correct, at the clamp. At the end of the grab handle (where your hands are in fact) the difference is surely more than just 1 or 2 cm. I would rate it at about 5cm at least (any mathematician here?)

As said, first change was about 1cm at the clamp, and I felt like riding a really radical harley lololol so got back to just a slight change.

Added bonus my sitting position also changed. Although my seat is already modified, now I sit in an angle towards the front, so of course I am not pulled to the fuel tank any more and my tweenies are thankful for that lol.

I mean.. just try it out, its really simple to unscrew 4 bolts!
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