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Old 07-09-2016, 03:37 PM
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Handlebar swap done

With the bike finally sorted (mechanically; HDJ carbs et al) and running better than I had ever hoped for, the last thing I was hoping to fix was what I felt was an overly high vibration level in the bars (not excessive, but worse than it should be IMO). So with this in mind, I ordered a custom top triple from Cognito Moto (see pic below; had holes machined out to 50mm to fit my forks, and had them machine the handlebar clamps too). I then ordered an Ultra-Low Rental handlebar (in red, to match some of the red accents found on the bike). I had ordered a Bar Snake (to reduce vibes) only to find the bars have some kind of polymer insert in them (oh well). I had to trim the fairing ever-so-slightly, relocate the ignition switch (used lower speedo mount) and all is done. So, the riding position is now slightly more upright and further back.

Assuming this works out as hoped, I think the bike is done... Will post pics later (coming days), it's been raining all day here....

P.S. I tried to vinyl-wrap the forks (black) but ran out of patience, so that will be to do eventually.....

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Old 07-09-2016, 05:41 PM
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Done.

I smell a bet.
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Originally Posted by mikstr View Post
Assuming this works out as hoped, I think the bike is done...
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Old 07-10-2016, 08:58 AM
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Pics below.

I went for a short ride last evening and was pleasantly surprised by the change. First of all, vibration has been cut by about 70% (mission accomplished). The bike no longer feels semi-frantic at cruising speed (@ 120 km/h) but instead feels as though it's loafing along (until you give the throttle a twist, he he). On the riding position dimension, the Ultra-Lows (which I cut down by 10mm per side, making them the same width as the previous clip-ons) are only about 1.5" back and 1.5" up (at the ends, mostly due to the backward sweep, the pre-sweep portion being almost the same; remember I was running Apex 4" risers previously). It has given the bike an entirely more leisurely feel, which is great for me as it's a for street use anyhow. Hope to get another ride in today (if Mum Nature doesn't open up the skies again).

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Old 07-10-2016, 11:47 AM
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as the years click by i find my decrepit self pondering a higher handlebar as opposed to the oem clip ons
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Old 07-24-2016, 02:16 PM
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With the new bars would it have been necessary to trim the faring?
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Old 07-24-2016, 04:21 PM
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Looks awesome. I'd love to ride a Hawk with this mod and see how much I like it.
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Old 07-24-2016, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Wolverine View Post
Looks awesome. I'd love to ride a Hawk with this mod and see how much I like it.
Suffice to say after having spent 5 days astride my VTR last week (a mini bike vacation), I suspect you'd go down the same path... I am totally happy with the change
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:51 AM
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Spiegler makes a nice conversion kit that does all this but $$$! Your version came out really well, looks comfy. (I may go the Spiegler route just for the plug and play convenience as I am less ambitious.)
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Nice clean swap. it really gave me some idea how to do it will order some stuff from 4 wheel online and hopefully have it soon. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 07-28-2016, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by bird-rider View Post
Nice clean swap. it really gave me some idea how to do it will order some stuff from 4 wheel online and hopefully have it soon. Thanks for sharing.
Huh?
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Old 07-29-2016, 01:32 PM
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[QUOTE=xeris;397622]With the new bars would it have been necessary to trim the faring?[/QUOTE

Yes he did. But just the little ear lobe.
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