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post #1 of 15 Old 07-25-2008, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone have drag bars installed on their 919? I am pretty tall from the waist up and have long arms, and being used to sport bikes I was curious to hear opinions. Coerce looks like my next best bet, but I probably would not mine more lean.

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post #2 of 15 Old 07-25-2008, 07:23 AM
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I have clubmans on mine. They are almost in the same position clips ons. I've been thinking about drag bars myself.

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post #3 of 15 Old 07-25-2008, 07:55 AM
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i've wondered the same thing, is it possible to even put a straight bar through and clear the tank when turning end to end.

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post #4 of 15 Old 07-25-2008, 08:56 AM
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Hey gert, you have any pictures of your front up close with the clubmans? Been debating something like that since I adore the older cafe racer look.

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I had some I was considering putting on, but I think there wasn't enough room to accommodate every thing. I think the brake m/c was going to hit the instruments? any way check that out before you buy!

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Here is one I have handy. Crummy phone pic. I'll get a close up w/ the phone at lunch.

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It's a crumm pic mainly because you did not get the light source behind you. Matte black is very hard to get a good pic of...... and you need to loose the swingarm stickies. just razzin ya, don't take it seriously.... But seriously, I think the turn signals ADD to the look of your tail. Streetbikes with no rear turn sigs look like an arm with no hand.

I think drag bars on a 919 would look very 80s cool. This bike is 6 years old, surly we've done everything to it that could be done. I don't I've ever seen drag bars before. My bike is at Sweetie's house, so I can't tell if they would work. A broomstick or short piece of pcs pipe woud give you your answer tho.
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gert, those look awesome, so tough. can you comment on them comfort wise and in relation to clearance with the tank and the contols...any more pics would be appreciated too (from diff. angles).

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post #9 of 15 Old 07-25-2008, 11:12 AM
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Not quite as comfortable as uprights. I never felt right in that position though. They clear barley. The horn honks when I put them in lock sometime. Also have to watch your thumbs when turning the bars in parking situations. Rerouting the cables wasn't to fun either. Motowerks helped me out because he put clip ons on his. these were only like $30 shipped. Handling is improved I think. Could be that I just feel more in control being more over and closer to the fork. I'll try to get some more pics up.

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post #10 of 15 Old 07-25-2008, 12:17 PM
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ditto: unless you've got fancy gear, photog needs their back to the sun. of course, if your photographing humans, they'll all be squinting.

coerce lows, and BARELY clear the tank the way i have them. also BARELY clear my raised fork tube on the right.

i should probably have clipons, but really, how much would they save me in the quarter?
i can get pretty low as is.

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I recall seeing drag bars on tpirmans 919. They looked sweet (his whole bike was dialed in). Unfortunately he hasn't been lurking around this site for some time now.

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Here's my take on the perfect handlebar setup, although the set in the picture is an adjustable prototype.
https://www.wristtwisters.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=13145
After seeing gert260's bars, and wincing at what the position would do to my 55 year old wrists, this is what I came up with. They are just a little lower than the Renthal Ultra Lows, but considerably narrower.
BTW, laying down on the tank is an absolute breeze (or lack of breeze), and all the controls are still there for you.

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Thats it! I'm getting clubman bars!!!! that is so cool looking!

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post #14 of 15 Old 07-25-2008, 09:43 PM
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Anyway, this bike will be used for commuting to work (22 freeway miles, one-way) and fun jaunts on the weekends, remember I am not a real pusher when it comes to riding. I will also take my wife for rides occasionally.
As someone who has installed bars that the owner really liked the looks of, then installed higher bars within a couple weeks, I can say with certainty that a bar that works very well solo in the twisties can be a pain commuting, and a disaster two up. The basic criteria is can you lift your butt off the saddle using your legs only with your hands on the bars? This is essential for proper control especially when hanging off in corners as the only function of the handlebars is to steer (and make the controls available for instinctive use). In the case of two up, if you are straight arming the bars to support the passenger accurate control flies out the window, right when you really need it! Carefully consider the entire range of the bike's use before selecting any handlebar, and have your wife sit behind you while placing your hands where you want the bars to be. I'm willing to bet the most comfortable position will be higher than drag bars, though not necessarily anywhere near as high as the stockers. Just enter "handlebars" in the search box for plenty of information on the subject.

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Here is a post from Tpirman with pictures of his drag bars: https://www.wristtwisters.com/forum/s...0&postcount=12

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