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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-13-2011, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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The Magic of Lowering Handlebars

Last night I was out polishing up my Tbird and I got it into my head to fiddle around with the handlebars just to see how easy it would be to lower them. I popped off the little plastic caps and got out my hex wrench and loosened the bolts. I dropped the bars about an inch and a half, and then tightened everything up. It felt a little different - more relaxed position or something, but I just cleaned up the garage and headed off to bed.

I kind of half forgot about it until I got on the bike this afternoon. I took a 50km ride and boy did it feel different! Like a whole new machine. Countersteering is much easier, and it feels like my shoulders are much more relaxed. I'm really shocked at how different it feels - and I really like it.

Not that it didn't feel good before - it has always felt incredibly comfortable, the best bike I've ever ridden ... just now it even feels better! I never would have thought that such a little thing would make such a big difference.

If you haven't tried fiddling around with your Thunderbird handlebars, I highly recommend it!

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It is amazing how much better a bike can feel after you get the ergonomics better suited to your body. I altered my seat angle, and it completely changed the ride for me, so I know exactly what you mean.
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Thats the one thing i miss about the stock bars. But i liked to push them forward so my hands were a little higher and i was leaned forward a bit. But i had to have the oh so awesome looking Tbars which i have since gotten used to, but are non adjustable. Even tho i'm used to them now i know i'd be happier with them if they were a bit more forward and higher. But you know what billy crystal used to say on SNL when he did his impression of ricardo montalban...."it's always better to luke goud than to feel goud".
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I kind of half forgot about it until I got on the bike this afternoon. I took a 50km ride and boy did it feel different! Like a whole new machine. Countersteering is much easier, and it feels like my shoulders are much more relaxed. I'm really shocked at how different it feels - and I really like it.

Not that it didn't feel good before - it has always felt incredibly comfortable, the best bike I've ever ridden ... just now it even feels better! I never would have thought that such a little thing would make such a big difference.

If you haven't tried fiddling around with your Thunderbird handlebars, I highly recommend it!
Thanks Draeger! I've thought about doing this but didn't get around to it. Your post prompted me and I've also lowered mine an inch or so. Yes, it really does suit me better. A recommended adjustment since we are all different arm lengths and preferences. With this and my rider's back rest this has got to be the most comfortable I've been on a bike in '?' decades.
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It was one of the first adjustment my dealer did for my bike. Being female we were tweeking everything we could. I have since also added some upgrades but that initial adjustment of the handlebars was essential.
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It is amazing how much better a bike can feel after you get the ergonomics better suited to your body. I altered my seat angle, and it completely changed the ride for me, so I know exactly what you mean.
Hey Lantesh,

How did you do that ... alter the seat angle? Are there adjuster screws or did you use something else?

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Hey Lantesh,

How did you do that ... alter the seat angle? Are there adjuster screws or did you use something else?

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I had a new custom seat built on the stock seat pan. I am now sitting more straight up than the stock position. Here is a pic.

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Wow - that looks great! And looks like you have some lower back support going on there too. Nice!

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Not to hijack, but does anyone know if there is a seat manufacturer who makes a 1 piece seat for the Tbird 1600?
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Thanks Draeger. Yes the lower back and hip support is great, and I really needed it.

BMK9251, Corbin makes a 1 piece seat.
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