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Old 06-09-2011, 03:11 PM   #71 (permalink)
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With a couple of long trips (some 300+ mile days), I love mine. The combo of a the helis, Sargent seat, dropping the forks to be flush with the triple, backing off the compression damping to "3", and BMW's slightly higher touring screen have made my bike an acceptable sport-tourer and comfortable day-ride bike where before it was something I just tolerated. Other than cost, I see no downside - the bars look and function as the stock ones do, but really take the edge off the riding position.

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Thanks Mark.

I'm trying to weigh and balance where I want to spend upgrade money first when I get mine (sometime in the future), I think bars will be one of the first if it's already got sliders/covers/spools.
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Old 06-09-2011, 05:04 PM   #72 (permalink)
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I'm trying to weigh and balance where I want to spend upgrade money first when I get mine (sometime in the future), I think bars will be one of the first if it's already got sliders/covers/spools.
If you're on a limited budget, I'd probably vote the Sargent seat as more bang for the comfort buck than the helis, but they work very well together.

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Old 06-10-2011, 01:42 PM   #73 (permalink)
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Mark -

Are you saying that you, in effect, raised the front end by dropping the fork tubes? If so, why and what was the result?

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Old 06-10-2011, 05:31 PM   #74 (permalink)
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Are you saying that you, in effect, raised the front end by dropping the fork tubes? If so, why and what was the result?
Yes. I think the bike comes from the factory with a couple of lines showing on the tubes above the top triple; I dropped the forks to be flush with the top of the triple.

I did this to raise the front of the bike a bit and make it more comfortable. I'm sure it also has the effect of slightly slowing down the steering and making the bike more stable, although I didn't notice a dramatic difference. This is opposite what most folks do because they want a quicker-steering bike, but comfort/stability is a higher priority to me than performance.

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Old 01-05-2012, 12:54 AM   #75 (permalink)
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To anyone with the LSL kit, are you able to push the bars more forward (make them more straight) or would they hit the fairing. Being 6'6", I would like them further away rather than closer. I had Helibars put on before delivery, but they have a pin and don't have any adjustment at all. If the LSL's have more adjustment, I might sell the Heli's and buy them instead.

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With a couple of long trips (some 300+ mile days), I love mine. The combo of a the helis, Sargent seat, dropping the forks to be flush with the triple, backing off the compression damping to "3", and BMW's slightly higher touring screen have made my bike an acceptable sport-tourer and comfortable day-ride bike where before it was something I just tolerated. Other than cost, I see no downside - the bars look and function as the stock ones do, but really take the edge off the riding position.

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This is exactly what I wanted to hear. Helibars already shipped. BMW dealer install before the weekend if all goes well.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:18 PM   #77 (permalink)
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T o go all out the moto striaght bars up top for me is what i would spend the big bucks on ... SCHINITZER
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So I had the Helibars installed this am. Have had the Sargent seat on for a week and this is a great combination for me.

The first thing I noticed is now much more natural the lateral angle of my wrists is on the bars. I rode about 30 miles on them and my right hand ache / numbness seems to be gone. Second thing is what feels like a perfect riding posture for me. I'd call it semi-aggressive forward with much less weight on my hands. The triangle between torso, arms and bike frame feels really solid and balanced now.

With the stock seat and stock bars I was a little too far forward and not really comfortable except in a full tuck. With the Sargent seat added, it actually made it a couple inches worse because the seat holds you a little further back. Now, with the Helibars it's back and better than the original combo. Really excited about the improvement and many future miles on my bike.




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Old 11-17-2012, 07:12 PM   #79 (permalink)
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The Helibars for me made a huge difference. I could only do about 120 miles at a time with the stock setup. The Helibars essentially raise the downward angle enough for my wrists to be happier. Done multi hundred days since, but usually anything approaching over 300 miles I take a different scooter.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:32 AM   #80 (permalink)
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Put them on at 600mi. Love them. Have done back to back 400 mi days, with them and a gel pad to sit on. Only complaint is that my CRG Roll-a-click clutch lever hits the little switch (I think that's what it hits) under the left grip, and prevents the lever from being rotated down enough to be optimal. Still deciding whether to grin and bear it, or see what can be modified to make it just so.

Otherwise, I think it was a great change. I actually rode a demo with stock clip on bars for about 1500 miles, while awaiting my bike. FWIW, I've learned that much wrist anguish, etc. can be avoided by positioning the body with knees and abdominal core, with minimal weight on bars at low speeds. Better for cornering also.

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