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Inverted stock bars

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by flotstudio, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. flotstudio

    flotstudio Just got it firing!

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    couldnt find any pics of inverted stock bars on the V7 stone online, but am going for a more aggressive caferacer look and feel and saw this done on older bikes and a few custom projects, and thought i'd save some coin on clubmans and do it myself.

    removing bars was easy enough, but had to file down the plastic nibs in the starter/headlight boxes and reroute the clutch cable from under the speedo, but otherwise took about 1 hr. Tested today and she runs fine: throttle, brakes and clutch all good...just needs bar end mirrors to be street legal.
    position feels a bit awkward on the wrists but much more aggressive. will ride it upstate this weekend on the taconic and see how 2 hrs feels in this position...

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    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    The "nibs" are there to keep the switch gear from rotating. Next time you do this, drill holes in the handlebar to correctly position the switch gear.
     
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  3. Mayakovski

    Mayakovski Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    Looks slick, but also looks like you will really stress you wrists.

    Years ago I had a 1980 or 81 Kawasaki KZ1000 with Rickman fairing and clip-ons and could only ride for about 25 minutes before my wrists were hurting so much my arms were shaking. Was one of the reasons I sold the bike, wish I had heard of HeliBars back then. My Duc was way more comfortable so that is what I kept.
     
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    Blaufeld Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Very nice job - congrats!
     
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    flotstudio Just got it firing!

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    yea I figured thats what they were for, but with no mirrors on them and some foil on the matte bars they seem pretty sturdy. My previous bike didnt have the plastic bits and I never had an issue with rotation. However I def appeciate the advise, if they start rotating on me ill happily eat humble pie, just hopefully not the road.
     
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    flotstudio Just got it firing!

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    thanks! and yea i definitely share your concern, so far tho to and from the office (30 mins on the west side highway) seem fine, no back or wrist pain. In fact, highway speeds feel better in this aggressive position as I feel like I get less wind slamming into my chest. When I had the bars up right I basically put myself in the position the inverted bars put me in now to avoid my head and chest getting bobbled by the wind lol. Just ordered a dart windshield also, so if this ends up being uncomfortable ill ill just flip them back upright!
     
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    flotstudio Just got it firing!

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    thank you sir!
     
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    Mayakovski Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    Which Dart model? I have the Dart Marlin on my V7 III and love it.
     
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    flotstudio Just got it firing!

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    picked up the dart piranha in the matte mettalic black, should be here Friday. It'll be pretty small, but wanted to keep the profile of the bike low. I do genuinely wonder how much wind it's going to direct over, but it seems like it'll be better than nothing, and a fair compromise in price and style compared to MoGuzzi's OEM top fairing, which is $300, and several inches shorter. How much of a difference did you find when you threw the Marlin on? I really felt the wind blast on the highway this passed weekend driving 70 -75 mph down the highways from the country to the city ~160 miles, which is in part why I flipped the bars and ordered the dart.
     
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    Mayakovski Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    I found quite a big difference with the Dart Marlin. I'm 5' 11", without the Marlin I would really, really have to flatten myself on the tank to get out of the wind blast when I needed a break. With the Marlin installed I find most of the wind deflected over my helmet and can comfortably ride for hours at 120 KM/hr +.
     
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    flotstudio Just got it firing!

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    that's awesome, yeah i hope the piranha deflects enough, otherwise may do the marlin.
     
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    jpv7 Tuned and Synch'ed

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    for $100 I would have done the LSL speed bar. Looks better and is easier on the wrists.
     
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    flotstudio Just got it firing!

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    just an update: ended up going with the agostini drop bars and ditched the inverted stock bar set up entirely, way easier on the wrists.

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