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Old 12-10-2012, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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955i bar riser/seat alternatives

I am contemplating the purchase of a 1999 Daytona 955i. I am also anticipating that at 6'4" (1.94m) I may have a fit issue. So I've been doing all the research I can on this early model 955i to see what is available.

Research shows that some owners feel that the seat pushes one into the tank (ouch!). Corbin makes a seat that, from the photos, appears to be more neutral (level) and should solve this issue (2002 models and on have a different seat). Can anyone confirm this?

Research indicates that the bar angle and low bars is not user friendly. I have found a number of riser alternatives. Unfortunately, almost all are very expensive - about $400. Ouch again! I've looked at the following:
Cycle Cat BR Series $395
Gilles Variobars $399 (from PurePerformance, Gilles lists at $458)
LSL $429 These are ugly!
Two Brothers discontinued their offerings

Then there are two less expensive alternatives:
Skykings 9 degree adjustable bars at $132:
http://skykingproducts.com/Merchant2...e=TR_DAY_97_01

Sprint Manufacturing riser kit 135 pounds or about $216 (shipping included):
http://www.triumphparts.gbr.cc/www.t...526pno%25253D0

Naturally, I would rather save some money. Anyone have any experience with the Sky King or Sprint products? I can't quite figure out the Sky King offering as it seems like a bend upwards will make the angle of the bars more acute. Am I missing something?

Anyway, I would appreciate any feedback or other aternatives that I may have missed.
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Better to look at the picture of the Skyking bars installed than the lower pic sitting on a table. I commented about the Corbin on my '98 in the other recent thread about Daytonas in general. The seat does put you in the center away from the tank most of the time and you can slide fore and aft. It's not a hammock like some seats that force you into one position. I still have to brace myself with my legs for strong braking or downhill escapades. My '98 has Helibars, but I'm not fond of them. I would prefer something like Apex Racing style adjustable bars. Those Sprint Man. look awful in my opinion. The Skyking seem to have potential. Hard to say without seeing them in person or without actually using them.
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John, If you buy the '99, ride it for awhile as is to evaluate what will make it more comfortable. If unsatisfied, determine whether the saddle or handle bars will make the most difference, replace that and re evaluate.

I use the OEM bars with a Corbin saddle. My '98 came with the Corbin so I can't compare it to an original saddle, but it is comfortable on the highway although there's a bit of interferance with my thighs when things become sportier. DEcosse has had the Corbin and now has a recovered OEM saddle that if he doesn't comment about on this thread you could PM him for his opinion of it. IIRC it's less expensive than the Corbin.

The LSL risers, while expensive, are well liked by those that have them. Sky King has quality parts, but I too would like to see more pictures of them installed.

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You could also look into these riser bars for the Daytona.
http://www.fastfromthepast.com/servl...dlebars/Detail
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You could also look into these riser bars for the Daytona.
http://www.fastfromthepast.com/servl...dlebars/Detail
Those bars on my 06, just for reference:



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John you could try apex riser bars. The price is good (from memory, about $200?) and they have what appears to be a unique solution to the adjustability issue. The apex bars are almost infinitely adjustable in all directions, except for height, there is a max amount there.
I have a set on a bike and am really happy with them.
There is a commercial demo on youtube somewhere, it shows how the adjustment is done. Pretty clever.
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Do the "Fast From the Past" bar risers need extensions for the clutch or brake wires? I know some other bar risers do on other make/models !! Good find though and a great price compared to some of the other options !!
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Do the "Fast From the Past" bar risers need extensions for the clutch or brake wires? I know some other bar risers do on other make/models !! Good find though and a great price compared to some of the other options !!
The way i have them set up, no. Throttle cable needs a bit of slack. Other than that, i haven't had to mess with the length.

Keep in mind that I really didn't have much of a problem with the height of the stock clip-ons but the angle was giving me fits. The way these are installed, the increase in height is minuscule, if any, but they're flatter, more forward, and longer. That made a world of difference to me in terms of comfort, leverage and handling.
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A later model bike, but I ran the sky kings on my '02 Daytona with good results. No changes to the cables.
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here is the Apex /youtube clip


They are about in the middle of the pack for cost, but I couldn't find any other bars that were as adjustable.
Even if they were the most expensive option, I would use them.
Afterall, the riser bars are an expenditure to add comfort, if they don't do the trick then any amount spent is sort of a waste.
If you are half way thru a 600 mile day and in great discomfort, the low price paid for the accessory won't seem like a good deal. I have done 600 mile days on a bike with identical riding position to the 02- 06 Daytona 955 with the Apex bars. I was a bit shocked at how good my 57 year old body felt afterward. I have never done such long distances on my upright bikes, although I have tried!
With the Apex bars you can find the perfect equilibrium position where there is virtually no weight on the wrists because there is enough windage on the chest (at speed) to do the lifting. The result is that weight is lifted off the seat, as with clip ons, but not so much that the wrists are a problem. one can just float there for miles and miles, sort of an anti-gravity position.

Some of the others bar sets I looked at might have worked and no doubt are perfect for some individuals, but the Apex solution should work for just about anyone on most any bike.
Here I'm comparing them to other bars that do not have the rotating off angle handlebar to bar mount design, which I haven't seen elsewhere.

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