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post #1 of 8 Old 06-16-2015, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Dirt Bars?

whats up everyone,
i recently just picked up an 04 636, I switched over from dirtbikes due to breaking my ankle.ive read a thread about someone putting dirtbike bars on their bike and saying it was really comfortable and felt like they were riding a bmx bike. can anyone give me their opinions on them? thanks.
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-16-2015, 03:55 PM
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If comfort is what you're after, I'd recommend one of these



But in all seriousness, by throwing dirt bars on a zx6 you're compromising quite a bit of what the bike was designed to do (duck out of the wind for aero, hang of the side with correct body position to get that center of gravity down and give some pretty decent front end feel).

If the comfort for dirt bars and the extra leverage are worth it for you, then by all means go ahead as it's your bike. As a guy who started on dirt and transitioned to sportbikes, I'd definitely recommend leaving the stock clip-ons alone. Wide and high bars may be what you're used to, but there's a whole other way of riding out there that is also pretty great in its own way

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thanks man i appreciate the input. i dont think im going to do it but since im new to street i wanted to see what others had to say.
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You see a lot of the guys running these naked running conventional tubular bars on them. They really don't work with the front cowl faring in place as they hit the windshield when trying to maneuver around parking lots and moving the bike around the garage.

Personally, I wouldn't do it. I'm with Blaine, I like my sportbike to work like a sportbike and not like my dirt bike. It's going to take you some adjustment to it but once you get used to it, it's amazing what you can do on one of these thing. Just remember to keep it safe on the street.

Not to mention, it's not exactly cheap to put conventional bars on these bikes and do it correctly. It really requires buying a custom top triple clamp that will accommodate the bar risers. Plus the risers and the bar. There are other options too like clip-on bar risers which retain the clip-on low style bars but raise their position. Some people like them. Takes some of the weight off their wrists and shoulders (different topic on why you have weight on your wrist and shoulders in the first place).
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If comfort is what you're after, I'd recommend one of these



But in all seriousness, by throwing dirt bars on a zx6 you're compromising quite a bit of what the bike was designed to do (duck out of the wind for aero, hang of the side with correct body position to get that center of gravity down and give some pretty decent front end feel).

If the comfort for dirt bars and the extra leverage are worth it for you, then by all means go ahead as it's your bike. As a guy who started on dirt and transitioned to sportbikes, I'd definitely recommend leaving the stock clip-ons alone. Wide and high bars may be what you're used to, but there's a whole other way of riding out there that is also pretty great in its own way

Real solid response Blaine! Couldn't say it any better myself

If the zx6 is too uncomfortable for you, why dont you test ride a ninja650 (they are EXTREMELY COMFY!)? maybe the super sport isnt your cup of tea?
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If you want dirt bike feel, but still want to maneuver your bike as intended, I'd look at the Apex 4" Riser Clip-Ons.

Had them on my old '01, paired with a racing905 stunt cage etc... Made wheelies much more stable and controllable when adjusted to max height and about a 0 degree angle. But on canyon rides I'd lower them and rotate the bar to achieve a more natural sport bike feel.

Adjustments are easy with an Allen key which you should have on you at all times anyways. Just loosen your levers and controls and rotate till comfortable.

Best of both worlds. Beware though. At a certain height and clip on angle, you'll DEFINATELY have clearance issues with your front fairing. I didn't have this issue because my bike had no fairings.

Overall I love flipped clip-ons
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I cant stand dirt bike bars
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I cant stand dirt bike bars
Why not?
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