faffi Posted October 6, 2011 Report Share Posted October 6, 2011 No, not the type where they serve beer Personally, I have always preferred straight or virtually straight handlebars that just barely bends down and back a few degrees. I remember that in Europe, the big GS Suzukis came with handlebars that where pretty straight, and they were usually lambasted by the press; the journalists said it made for a very uncomfortable riding position that caused aching wrists. For me it's the opposite. Especially with the bar ends bent back a bit, I find it almost impossible to let the grip rest naturally in my palm. Instead, I end up with more like a screwdriver grip that cause pressure points since I simply cannot ride with my wrists bent to accomodate the shape of the handlebars. And if you look at a lot of current race bikes, like that of Melandri and Checa and many others, they also have mounted their clip-ons so that they sit close to arrow straight. Is this just a thing of personal preferences that doesn't matter beyond making the rider feel comfy and confident, or are the real benefits from a handling point of view to use either straight-ish or more or less severely pulled down/back/both handlebar ends? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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