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Rattler
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PostSubject: Improving handling and riding position   Mon May 27, 2013 11:06 pm

While I know these bikes aren't designed for flying round corners, I'm wondering what can be done to improve the handling on windy roads. I usually have to slow it quite a bit to get round. I'm not the tallest guy at around 5'6"-7" and do find myself a little stretched. If I fit some risers and bring the bars in a bit closer, will that help me with this? Cheers.
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PostSubject: Re: Improving handling and riding position   Tue May 28, 2013 3:58 pm

I'd say that you'll make it more comfortable for yourself to ride but that won't make the bike fly round corners. It's quite a brick after all.

But then again I'm sure someone here will confirm knee down corners, knowing what a crazy lot they are

I've done quite a bit of footboard grinding and felt like the bike could go even lower...but would I? Nope.


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fat intruder
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PostSubject: Re: Improving handling and riding position   Tue May 28, 2013 4:38 pm

the helmet you wear will make a lot of difference to high speed or riding on a windy day
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PostSubject: Re: Improving handling and riding position   Tue May 28, 2013 5:02 pm

Yeah, Just fitting 2" risers under the existing ones bring the bars back towards you, That'll make the reach a bit less of a stretch and better for handling.
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PostSubject: Re: Improving handling and riding position   Tue May 28, 2013 9:43 pm

I have purposely fitted VL bars to my m800 to bring me closer to them,I can't see how you are going to improve your stature,the only thing I can think of is either your bars are not off a VL or you need beach bars,which will certainly reach you sitting up straight.By the way I am only 5.5",have you got forward controls making you stretch.Hope this helps in some way.Just a thought have you ajusted the bars so they will pull back a little further.
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PostSubject: Re: Improving handling and riding position   Tue May 28, 2013 9:59 pm

I'm pretty sure the bars and controls are stock. Dunno if you can see from my profile pic or in the members bike thread. I don't find it uncomfortable although I am leaning forward. Just wondering if I can improve the control by bringing it closer.
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PostSubject: Re: Improving handling and riding position   Tue May 28, 2013 11:49 pm

Your arms are slightly bent so that means they are at the right distance, height will be a comfort preferential only I reckon. As for making the bike better on windy roads, your on a road to nowhere with that one because the bike is already low with a low seat and a low center of gravity so you can not get better than that. follow someone on a standard type of bike on a windy day and you will see just how much more planted you are than they are for real
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PostSubject: Re: Improving handling and riding position   Wed May 29, 2013 6:18 am

Well this is why I brought it up. In the past its not been an issue due to what bikes I was riding with but a few weeks ago I went out with several sports bikes and while I don't expect to be able to ride like them on the windy roads we were on, there was a 125 in front that I couldn't keep up with due to its bend handling lol. Also, there was a lad on a 50cc sports type back who kept up with me. I know it's not a race but it just made me think if there was anyway to improve it.
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PostSubject: Re: Improving handling and riding position   Wed May 29, 2013 9:26 am

having the bars pulled back slightly will make it less of a stretch for the opposite arm when its turned to full lock, but realistically you wont be turning the bars very much at regular speeds. I find the more comfortable I am the easier it is to go faster.
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PostSubject: Re: Improving handling and riding position   Wed May 29, 2013 9:40 am

yeh can see what you mean about your position rattler you look as if your back is slightly lent forward maybe strait but the top half of your back looks to be rounded with your shoulders well forward hunch back style like the captain says small bend in the arm at the elbo is good allows for movement in a natral way as bike bobs about whilst riding if you can adjust, change bars/risers so that your shoulders are strait (i can still here me grandad shoulders back boy back strait lol) it should give you a far better/stronger posstion to hold your bike, control it .
Also they sell a short/ small screen at custom crusers i think, pritty much like the one dave made i talked to someone who had one and you only have to ask dave about his on both counts the report was yeh strange (coz it's small) but it really works and IMO looks so much better than a frikking huge screens this type of mod should also help
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PostSubject: Re: Improving handling and riding position   Wed May 29, 2013 5:29 pm

You might want to look at the Puig Custom 2 screen. I fitted one to my M800 and it made a huge difference. Not only that but it's relatively cheap compared to some out there.
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PostSubject: Re: Improving handling and riding position   Wed May 29, 2013 11:41 pm

I'm thinking risers and 10" black apes maybe now.
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fat intruder
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PostSubject: Re: Improving handling and riding position   Thu May 30, 2013 7:49 am

Go for it mate small screen and apes dont recon any 50 cc's will keep up with you then
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PostSubject: Re: Improving handling and riding position   Sat Jun 08, 2013 5:42 pm

yeah get apes and then chop the back end lol.....sorry I'll shut up now
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fat intruder
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PostSubject: Re: Improving handling and riding position   Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:46 pm

LOL
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Mr Intruder
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PostSubject: Re: Improving handling and riding position   Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:56 am

Freemo wrote:
yeah get apes and then chop the back end lol.....sorry I'll shut up now
From the master that, never will you have found a chop done like Martins with so much stuff removed and put out of site. Although I am sure many will follow.
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