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Chaps.......

I am loving my new AT, its quick enough, handles well and the seat is softening up, either that or my arse is getting used to it a bit more!

I have an issue that I have never come across since riding sports bikes...My wrists are constantly aching since I have been riding it and was wondering if any one has fitted bar risers to the bike. I am not especially tall (5'10" or 5'11 and a half when I am walking proud).

Any feedback would be helpful along with whether I need to lengthen the throttle cables/clutch cables would be appreciated

All the best

Simon
 

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Touratech offer bar risers with no cable modifications (http://www.touratech-usa.com/Search/?q=africa+twin]). Rox Risers probably do, or will shortly, with more variable adjustment no doubt.


It's strange that your wrists ache. Keep forearms horizontally flat and hold the grips like you have a small bird in your hand (not too loose it can escape - not too tight you'll harm it) and see fi that helps.


Apologies if this advise is teaching you to suck eggs!
 

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Its never happened before,

I suppose It could be that I need to look at the positioning of the levers but something is not right....It could be age creeping up on me!
 

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Chaps.......

I am loving my new AT, its quick enough, handles well and the seat is softening up, either that or my arse is getting used to it a bit more!

I have an issue that I have never come across since riding sports bikes...My wrists are constantly aching since I have been riding it and was wondering if any one has fitted bar risers to the bike. I am not especially tall (5'10" or 5'11 and a half when I am walking proud).

Any feedback would be helpful along with whether I need to lengthen the throttle cables/clutch cables would be appreciated

All the best

Simon
Simon had a problem with an Explorer i had, fitted risers much better, but it was the stretch in my back causing issue.

Not been on a really long ride yet on the AT but feel the bars need to be a little closer to me, going to Alps end of June so riser,s are on my shopping list.

Try altering the bars up and down in the clamps, and reposition the controls, maybe all u need, if still suffering give risers a go.
 

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I tried Rox Pro-Offset risers (1" up, 1" back) and they fit fine. Left them on for a day then took them off as the OEM position is much better for blitzing corners. Like the Captain says, try a looser grip on the bars. Use your core muscles to support your body, not the bars.

As far as standing goes, you shouldn't be in the meerkat position ala Charlie and Euan.



As Chris Birch shows, legs should be bent, butt toward the back, body crouched forward ready to roll over those obstacles that led you to stand up in the first place.

 

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I tried Rox Pro-Offset risers (1" up, 1" back) and they fit fine. Left them on for a day then took them off as the OEM position is much better for blitzing corners. Like the Captain says, try a looser grip on the bars. Use your core muscles to support your body, not the bars.

As far as standing goes, you shouldn't be in the meerkat position ala Charlie and Euan.



As Chris Birch shows, legs should be bent, butt toward the back, body crouched forward ready to roll over those obstacles that led you to stand up in the first place. This explains why the bike mfgs don't put extremely high bars on the bikes in the first place.

In theory thats true but at 6ft 1" tall the standard bars are too low for me, I race and on my Enduro bike I also have risers fitted. Chris Birch is correct re body position in theory but in practice I can't stand in that crouch for long as it hurts my back and legs. One thing I have noticed is that unlike my 990 and a few other bikes i've had standing up really affects the AT way more, it feels way more planted compared to sitting down and really helps pin the front end. I suspect this is a function of the weak rear spring.
 

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I've been thinking about this for a while.

From the looks of it all the 'Adventure' people have the meerkat stance which is really only good for super slow stuff, or if I want to look over cars on the road.

I was never formally taught, but spent a fair amount of my younger years off road on bikes and the Dakar blokes seem to be more in the stance that I find comfortable. Here the bars seem to be the right height. On the highway, however, they seem too high!
 

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I went up 30mm , I wish I did it earlier , the riding position is much better , and i can stand up now .
What torque do you guys tighten your bar clamps at ? I have found different values depending who you ask so I went with 19 nm .
 

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I've been thinking about this for a while.

From the looks of it all the 'Adventure' people have the meerkat stance which is really only good for super slow stuff, or if I want to look over cars on the road.

I was never formally taught, but spent a fair amount of my younger years off road on bikes and the Dakar blokes seem to be more in the stance that I find comfortable. Here the bars seem to be the right height. On the highway, however, they seem too high!

I tried risers for a day and much preferred the stock position, results in very good bodyweight balance distribution. I find it perfect when strafing twisties and it allows me to get into the right attack position when standing up on dirt, knees bent, body leaned forward. Honda didn't arrive at it just by guessing! :)
 

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The only negative thing that i have noticed with the risers attached is the i get i litle bit of " woble " or a " shake " in the corners when i hit a pothole hard to describe it really , it is like longer the rod bigger the flex so by adding to the handlebars height there is added flexibility , its not bad but noticeable , small price to pay for the increased comfort for me .
 
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