Installed the Street Low a week ago, test rode it today. Between
1. grinding down the control switch positioning tabs and risk inadvertent free throttle rotation during a drop, etc, or
2. drilling holes into the bar and risk weakening the bar or getting stuck with bad control/lever positioning,
I chose #2
because I figured #1
would still be available if I messed up #2
. Turned out ok.
I used a "Kiwav handlebar drill guide" which is perfect for drilling the 5mm holes necessary. Made the job gsxsdave-proof... well, the drilling anyway.
As for the bar ends, I went to Ace Hardware, picked up 5/8" OD x 3/8" ID fuel hose x 1', M6 washers x4, M6 hex nuts x2 (serrated flange nuts would probably work a little better), all for around $4. Cut the fuel hose using a tube cutter to start as a guide and a box cutter razer blade to saw it off for minimal fraying. Assembled like stock with the washers being used on the ends of each spacer. Works great with my CRG Arrow bar end mirror clones on the ends.
I set the bar hash mark to zero to get a baseline, and at full turn lock, my thumb fully tucked in will clear the tank (I typically wear large gloves) with room to spare. You can probably even rotate the bars further back beyond zero.
Initial riding impression: I love it! (Results may vary as I'm 5'5")
The riding position is more leaned forward (not as aggressive as clipons) giving it a sportier feel and the reduced sweep with wider bar gives it a supermoto feel forcing you're elbows out. This gives more cornering confidence as you feel more connected with the front end.
The best part, I test rode it without my MRA windscreen and the lower body position cuts through the wind much better such that I no longer feel like a sail above 70 mph. I don't think an ugly windscreen is even necessary now.
As for the negatives, at the zero hash mark position, I have to remember to maintain that elbow out, low body position which requires some core strength, unlike with the stock handlebar. Otherwise, I get some left wrist discomfort. Also, holding on to the bar at a stop while sitting up and straightening you're elbow gives an awkward grip angle, again causing wrist discomfort. This sucks during stop and go traffic. I'll experiment with some different bar rotations in the future.
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