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Old 01-02-2012, 05:04 PM
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Trying to decide

Cannot make up my mind on Gilles or woodcraft clipons anyone have experience with either?
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:15 PM
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Not sure if this is relevant but I bought some Apex risers and am very happy with them.....
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:47 PM
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Yeah, I have helibars on one hawk and apex risers on the other and would go with the apex over helis or the other two you are looking at. The apex are way adjustable and can be raised for longer trips.
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No I don't want to go higher I want to retain the stock position
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No I don't want to go higher I want to retain the stock position Need to replace a damaged set on my second hawk.
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The apex are adjustable to any ht or angle. thats why they are so great. Could be higher. lower or same but you can tweak all the angles too.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:17 AM
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I have woodcraft ones to be put on my storm, good quality, cant comment on how they feel though.
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:20 AM
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the woodcraft base is in two pieces. they can be mounted without dropping the forks through the upper triple - fyi.

if your clip-ons are above the upper triple, this detail wouldn't matter to you.
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I have the same question....but I want to go lower than stock.

I was looking at the Gilles GP lights, Driven, and Apex superbike bars.
Anyone here go for a sportier bar?

It's more comfortable for me as I can spread my body weight out between my legs, abdomen, and arms...and get better traction too.
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Matt_Hawk View Post
It's more comfortable for me as I can spread my body weight out between my legs, abdomen, and arms...and get better traction too.
Why would you want to put weight on your arms??
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Originally Posted by 8541Hawk View Post
Why would you want to put weight on your arms??
Fitness... they're commonly called push-ups.
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by AngryOlaf View Post
Fitness... they're commonly called push-ups.
Well I was referring to riding a bike...... Every track school I've ever been to stresses keeping your hands light.

The bars are for steering the bike, not holding you up. Putting lower bars on, so you can put weight on your arms just strikes me as rather odd.
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted by 8541Hawk View Post
Well I was referring to riding a bike...... Every track school I've ever been to stresses keeping your hands light.

The bars are for steering the bike, not holding you up. Putting lower bars on, so you can put weight on your arms just strikes me as rather odd.
I knew what you were referring to... Just couldn't resist!

I also agree completely.
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They can all be mounted below the triple for lower bars. I do understand the lowering. I rode with my helibars under the triples for a summer.

For one it keeps the front end down & under contol on accel. I got sick of it and once my wife was on the back it was awful but it was fun.

My racebikes are more forward wieghted which is great for front end traction. I just couldn't live with it day to day. Matthawk see how you like it.
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:54 PM
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They can all be mounted below the triple for lower bars. I do understand the lowering. I rode with my helibars under the triples for a summer.
Well I have to respectfully disagree with the statement that they all can be mounted under the top triple.

I guess they can be but what about interference with the fairing?

Sure you could do it with a set of Helibars but they have what around 1.5" more rise than the stock bars.

Even the stock bars have around .5" of rise to them, so just replacing them with the bars mentioned, that have no rise, might cause interference issues if mounted in the stock location. Put them under the triple and you will have to cut the fairing if you want to be able to turn the bars.

So while I can and do understand wanting a little more "sporty" riding position, when someone says they want to do it so they can put more weight bars raises a big red flag IMHO.
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