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Over in England on holiday and called at bykebitz ltd and purchased a set of helibars , arrived home this afternoon, My next door neighbour who runs a motorcycle business fitted these and I took bike out , what a difference this made, superb bars. No regrets.
 

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Heli is not going to do a lower set for the CBR. I had thought they would given the popularity of the bike, and the ease with which it could be done. I explained to them that my 5-11 frame couldn't tuck and steer effectively with the stock bars, and if I were a track-day rider some lower clip-ons would be the cats ass. I'm sure they've done well by the CBR250R crowd, but I think they are too busy to deal with such a specialty item, reality.

If you live in the Northeast and find yourself with a brand new bike that could use Heli's touch, and they don't make bars for it yet, touch base with them. A visit to their shop is interesting, and they do the first bike owner's bars for free.

Also, I do believe that if you make an appointment, they still do free installs at their shop. Nice part of Maine, near New Hampster, also a good opportunity to see their shop.

Pleased most seem quite happy with their bars! Ride safeLY.
 

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Hello everyone and thanks for the information!

I am 5'7" and have back problems. After I ride for over 25 miles I really pay for it that evening and the next day with cervical and low lumbar pain. Would the Helu Bars help increase my riding time? They are kind of pricey but would be well worth it for me if I could ride longer without pain. Sitting on a regular chair for over 5 minutes gives me quite a bit of pain, so I'm eventually going to go with some kind of gel seat cover as well.

Thanks in advance.

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Not sure born2run, sitting straighter on your tailbone could bring more pain especially on sharp bumps depends what brings you some pain. I know from riding cruiser bikes that pain is more in lower back and sport bike is more in neck and shoulder for me.


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Not sure born2run, sitting straighter on your tailbone could bring more pain especially on sharp bumps depends what brings you some pain. I know from riding cruiser bikes that pain is more in lower back and sport bike is more in neck and shoulder for me.


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This is what I've read from other riders as well. Some older guys I know, and other folks with back/spine issues, actually prefer a more forward-leaning riding position to keep the shock from bumps going straight up their back.
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Thanks for the info- actually, looking back on it, it's my shoulder that bothers me the most. A deep ache that takes days to go away. My lower back is in the middle of an episode right now so I don't think that will be the primary problem in the future.

I noticed on the stock bars there seem to be two thick washers under the bolts that holds the bars to the frame. What if I switched these to below the bolt. Wouldn't that give me a bit of a rise?

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I mounted a pair of Helibars today. WooHoo! The hardest part was removing the bar end weights from the OEM bars. I learned a trick for that, though. A turn or two of duct tape over the grips and weights prevents them from turning. Yjr proper size Phillips bit mounted in an electric drill. Set it to reverse. Push in on the drill and hit the trigger for a fraction of a section. The starting torque and "instant on" loosens the screw just fine. My CBR is a 2013 model. The screw had the serrations but no thread locker.

I mounted a set of Helibars on my Aprilia Futura back when Old Shep was a pup. Not a big physical dimensional change over the stock bars, but it made quite a difference in comfort. They have come a long way in 10 years. The fit and finish on the CBR bars is much better than for the bars on the Aprilia Futura.
 

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Helibar ride report:
The small difference in bar height and rear setback make a big difference in comfort. i am long in the torso for my height (6'-0"). Before the Helibars I found myself putting a lot of weight on my forearms and hands. Now I sit more upright and relaxed with very little weight transferred to my forearms. My longest stretch in the saddle was about 90 minutes on a brisk ride through the mountain twistys. The only part of me tired or tense was my butt!
 

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Hmm that sounds good commandodave. I am not short and I find myself putting weight on the bars a lot, though recently I am trying to use my core and knees to take pressure off the bars, per live_to_ride and aufitt I believe. If I still have issues I will consider this option much more.

Do you have any clearance issues between the tank and hands when doing tight turns, as someone mentioned a few posts ago?
 

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Has anyone who fitted helibars found that there is no more handle bar vibration, as well as being more comfortable the disappearance of vibration was excellent.
 

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Do you have any clearance issues between the tank and hands when doing tight turns, as someone mentioned a few posts ago?


There is just enough space with helibars installed for my gloved hand to fit between the tank and clipon at full lock with like 1-2mm of free space. I haven't ever looked at the steering stops on this bike to see how adjustable they are/aren't, but my stops are at whatever the bike was assembled with. No problems here, either.

As for vibrations, I don't remember what it was like before the bars. As of right now, I don't really feel vibrations in my hands until about 8-8.5k RPM.
 

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I don't normally ride my CBR with the bars at full lock in either direction. I have not noticed any problems while wheeling it about the garage, either.

Maybe it is me, or I just got lucky with my bike, but I do not notice any vibration in the bars, either before or after the Helibar conversion.
 
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