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post #11 of 39 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 04:44 PM
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I wonder how many times your buddy has had "LAY HER DOWN"?
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I have yet to cafe' my Bonneville, but I did cafe my first bike which was a 75' Honda CB550.
Me, too! (although nowhere near my first bike)

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I would be tempted to ask your (very experienced) buddy if he could explain the exact mechanism of your predicted downfall.

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The leverage that you have on the bars is different. I think you notice this most at very slow speeds.......but you will get use to it. However, if you are going with a low cafe bar or clipon....you really need the rear sets along with the bars to have a proper set up. It is much better than just doing the low bars....

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Wonder if the same logic applies to ape hangers.
Absolutely. Don't use apehangers: you'll put it down for sure!

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Absolutely. Don't use apehangers: you'll put it down for sure!
I thought the reason not to use Apehangers is because they make you look like a c*nt....

I've had zero issues with my extremely low clip-on bars on my '08 Thrux....I can't see how you would have issues with the lowered bar of a modern Thrux....unless you are a complete novice, too tall for the bike or weigh 500 pounds...and even then it shouldn't really be an issue.
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I went from stock to NH Ace bars.
Slow manoeuvring needs some practice as position and handlebar leverage is quite different.
The only risk of putting her down may be that the sportier positioning/look makes you ride sportier (and above your capabilities).
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I think it depends on how and where you ride. Low bars are better at speed and on flowing roads, higher bars are better at lower speed and around town. You normally adapt to different bars although it might feel strange at 1st.

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Me, too! (although nowhere near my first bike)

That looks very nice ,10/10.

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The lower Thruxton bars (as opposed to the clip-ons of the carb' model) are not exactly 'low' though really, even with my dodgy back I don't have a problem keeping weight off them.
With my R1 I find I have to grip the tank with my knees at slow speeds to hold me upright, this isn't possible with the Triumph as the tank is so narrow but I guess a decent sized beer belly may help (I imagine).
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