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Old 01-02-2013, 11:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently aquired a 99 Sprint ST, with 25K miles on it. Runs like a champ, love this bike! Only one issue- I have some neck/left shoulder problems, and riding for any length of time begins to hurt. I'm thinking about a set of risers. I understand Gen-Mar makes a good set for my bike, but the photo on their website shows a different stock bar cap than the one on mine- mine's got a big screw adjustment on top of each, in place of the chrome caps.
Any thoughts? Could definitely use about 32mm rise for more comfortable riding.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Rob,

T117 are the Genmar risers for your bike.

If you are referring to the cap in the pic, that actually fits over the preload adjusting screw.

I have the T118 on my bike ST 01 and they did make a big difference to shoulder and wrist pain for me.

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Yup, seconded, knackered neck vertebrae........Genmars 1.25" risers made a world of difference to my RS....one caveat..........the chrome finish........and the general fit( machining) leaves a bit to be desired, but, mechanically, they do the job...................
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I may be wrong but I always thought 28mm were the max risers out there.
A lot of people have had to do this as the same complaint with nearly every 955i rider who is a certain height or over.
I'd say 5' 11" and above suffer this problem.
Here is an image of one set for your bike.
These are a straight fit and you don't need to change any brake hoses or clutch cable as these don't cause any grief in this department like some other risers.
Another problem is the rear sub-frame which holds your seat.
After riding for some time, lift your bum slightly and only use the footpegs. See if suddenly you feel like you are in a better and more central position and the shoulder and arm feels better also.
If this is the case, then you need to look at your rear sub-frame as it is off to one side.
It is held to the frame by 4 bolts which have a fraction of movement.

You also need to check your footpegs are 100% free from wear and tear.
The rubbers have to be perfect and not show signs of wear and the alloy of the foot pegs also has to be free from corrosion.
A couple of millimeter difference will not show but to the human body this will wreck havoc on it.
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See if there is an LSL bar conversion. It is by far the best, One one cable change and a true upright riding position. I had the risers and they did make a difference but not enough. The grip angle was still forward leaning and down, the LSL are in a natural (for me) sit up and beg position.

They say wisdom comes with age but I found a lot of other stuff tacked onto it.
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I hated the LSL/Streetfighter bars, no F end feel at high speeds/cornering.

Genmars 1.25" deffo the way to go..........fyi I'm only 5'8" but still needed the Genmar's......though RS bars are a good bit lower than ST to begin with !!!!
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I hated the LSL/Streetfighter bars, no F end feel at high speeds/cornering.

Genmars 1.25" deffo the way to go..........fyi I'm only 5'8" but still needed the Genmar's......though RS bars are a good bit lower than ST to begin with !!!!
That's odd I felt more control with the LSLs due to the weight being off my shoulders. We really are a diverse lot here.
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Low speed/town control upto 110 was excellent......high-ish speed, especially cornering ( 95+) felt vague, and got vaguer.........

With Genmars......rock steady upto 157 (GPS) and high speed sweepers are too!!!!!


mind you, was very easy to wheelie, even in 2nd with the LSL/Streetfighter bars!!!!

and generally, I'm rubbish at wheelies!!!!!!!!
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Im pretty sure the 99 has a shorter brake cable than later years, so make sure you get the kit with the cable. Honestly, after using the Genmar's myself for awhile. I went back to stock height.
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Low speed/town control upto 110 was excellent......high-ish speed, especially cornering ( 95+) felt vague, and got vaguer.........

With Genmars......rock steady upto 157 (GPS) and high speed sweepers are too!!!!!


mind you, was very easy to wheelie, even in 2nd with the LSL/Streetfighter bars!!!!

and generally, I'm rubbish at wheelies!!!!!!!!
I'm way too old for those speeds, besides the radar guns are out in force these days.
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