Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: coogee beach australia
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ergonomics vary from rider to rider..
sometimes it feels like you need bars further
away or closer of at a different angle etc,
which brain is calculating more or less
to get a better idea of your body dynamics
think of your whole body sitting on the seat
while riding, then imagine that shape
pivotting on its center of gravity,
[like a cut-out pivotting on a pin]
somewhere around your pelvis/hip area..
obviously main joints move independently,
but will prefer a certain alignment relative
to the rest of your body..
so the pivot imagery gives some idea of
how your lower body, hips to feet,
move in relation to your upper torso to arms..
in other words, if you lean forward to lower bars,
its also better to place your feet slightly rearward
and higher, with some movement of hips/pelvis
back [away from tank] along the set..
to get a rough idea of this, try riding with elbows
bent more than usual [ie, torso leaning forward]
with feet on passenger pegs.. [once in 5th, say]
feet will be too far back and up, but it gives you
a feel for that sort of positional change..
at 5'7-8" i find stock bar position good,
[wouldnt mind a touch lower, angled inward]
but made better with yoshi rearset plates,
which move pegs back and up..
thing about those clip-ons is their variability..
you can try them out in many positions
going for that 'perfect' position..
bear in mind also that the feeling of needing
bars closer/lower etc also means you may
need to experiment with whole of body
position incl where your pelvis sits
on the seat [between seat stop and tank
and other habitual positioning from
knees to neck and head..
imagine very high bars, reaching upwards etc,
and how that would effect your spinal vertebrae
neck and head etc, or very low forward bars
with stock pegs, and how that would effect
head and neck position, and hunchback
type of responses..
plenty of riders choose clipons, with wide
adjustment potentials, and also rearsets
[or plates] to compliment that better
adjustment and resulting ergonomics..
problem has always been with clipons
the fact of conventional tank position
and shape.. sometimes requiring
'indentations' to allow for turning
of clipons while riding..
with any clipons youy will compromise
some element such as how close
they get to tank, which you will need
to get used to maneuvering etc..
otherwise, its not a big cost
in bucks or effort to find out