handlebars? : KawiForums.com Kawasaki Forums: Kawasaki motorcycle forums
» Sponsors





» Insurance
Go Back   KawiForums - Kawasaki Motorcycle Forums > Off-Road > Moto
New User? Register - Forgot Password

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-07-2012, 10:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
Jr. Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Posts: 4
patl has at least 10 rep points
Default handlebars?

Hey everybody,
I am a newbie to this forum and to dirt riding. I recently bought an '08 KLX450 and went out a couple times. I love it. lots of power for sure.
My issue is that when I'm standing, I feel like the handlebars are too far back which doesn't give me much strength on the bars as I'm trying to maneuver the bike. I am 6'-2" and most of my height is in my upper body. Should I try just turning the bars forward? Not sure if that is enough. Are there bars I can get that might be better suited for my height? Does anyone else have this problem or is it something I just have to get used to?
any help would be appreciated.
thx
patl is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 12-07-2012, 10:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
Intermediate Member
 
Kawikid72's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Delco|Philadelphia|Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,397
Kawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep points
Default

Tricked Out 2008 KLX 450

just a list of some parts you might be interested in, aftermarket bars are in the list. hope this helps.
__________________
All this is just ADVICE because at the end of the day, you can do whatever the FUCK you wanna do.

Whore your slut out
Kawikid72 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2012, 10:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
Powerhungry
 
nevada's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Yakima, Wa..... 2005 636
Posts: 34,175
nevada has at least 80,000 rep pointsnevada has at least 80,000 rep pointsnevada has at least 80,000 rep pointsnevada has at least 80,000 rep pointsnevada has at least 80,000 rep pointsnevada has at least 80,000 rep pointsnevada has at least 80,000 rep pointsnevada has at least 80,000 rep pointsnevada has at least 80,000 rep pointsnevada has at least 80,000 rep pointsnevada has at least 80,000 rep points
Default

bar risers.
or an under-bar mount stabilizer.
__________________
http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7452561/


ERIN

PM me for info about contributing to Erins boob job. pics in the link above.
nevada is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2012, 03:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
Lifetime Premium
 
williams805's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Goleta, CA
Posts: 955
williams805 has between 5,000 and 7,500 rep pointswilliams805 has between 5,000 and 7,500 rep pointswilliams805 has between 5,000 and 7,500 rep pointswilliams805 has between 5,000 and 7,500 rep pointswilliams805 has between 5,000 and 7,500 rep pointswilliams805 has between 5,000 and 7,500 rep pointswilliams805 has between 5,000 and 7,500 rep pointswilliams805 has between 5,000 and 7,500 rep pointswilliams805 has between 5,000 and 7,500 rep pointswilliams805 has between 5,000 and 7,500 rep pointswilliams805 has between 5,000 and 7,500 rep points
Default

If you feel like you are too far back you may want to try a lower bend bar. I'm 6' but I run the Carmichael bend which is a low bend. This puts me over the front of the bike a bit more. A Windham bend is a taller bar.

I would start by setting your sag. I know it doesn’t have anything to do with your handle bars but if the previous owner was smaller than you or you are just a big dude, your bike may be compressing too much in the rear making it feel like your falling off the back.

Secondly I would adjust the bars you have too see if you can get what you want. Your bike may have handle bar clamps that you can turn the other direction and move your bars forward or reward depending on where they were in the first place. If not, you can buy them cheaper than a set of bars and grips. Also ride your buddy’s bikes and ask what bend they ride.

They also make adjustable (or just lower) foot pegs that a lot of taller riders prefer. If you’re worried about your legs being too short, you can cut you seat foam down.

If you feel like you don't have the strength to turn the bars, measure the length end to end. The previous owner may have cut them down a bit and will cause a loss of leverage.

If you feel you are slipping off the bike you can add grip tape to your frame to help hold on with your legs. Also an aftermarket seat cover may offer more grip.

Last but not least, you are new so you may just need a little more time to develop an attach position. Remember to keep your elbows up. Knees and elbows bent (not locked). Keep your head up meaning look as far down the trail or track as you can. Hold onto the bike with your legs. I've been riding dirt for 20 years and still have to remind myself of these things… especially when I'm tired.

Good luck and have fun! Welcome to the addiction!
__________________
2005 ZX6R (and it's ugly)
2006 CRF 450
1993 CR 500, the big 2 smoke

I can't spell and neither can my iPhone
williams805 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2012, 04:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
Jr. Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Posts: 4
patl has at least 10 rep points
Default

Thanks for the advise.
patl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2012, 04:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
Intermediate Member
 
Kawikid72's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Delco|Philadelphia|Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,397
Kawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep pointsKawikid72 has at least 3000 rep points
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by patl View Post
Thanks for the advise.
Hope it all helps.
__________________
All this is just ADVICE because at the end of the day, you can do whatever the FUCK you wanna do.

Whore your slut out
Kawikid72 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:04 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Honda Vultus Forum HD LiveWire Forum