My 2 cents worth of answers for your questions:
Re: Parking lot tipovers:
Key factors in not dropping your bike when doing slow maneuvers in parking lots - Keep your eyes level, the bike wants to follow where you're looking. (Don't look down or the bike will tend to follow your eyes down too.) Also when you squeeze your front brake and clutch levers, be sure you're squeezing with your hands and not pulling the levers from your arms or shoulders. Just squeeze with your hands. You may find it easier to apply slight pressure from your arms and shoulders with your palms forward like doing a pushup, so that way you can focus on squeezing the controls with your hands only. When you pull from your arms and shoulders you will pull the front tire away from being centered which at slow speeds can to lead to tips overs.
So basically what I'm saying is the standard MSF stuff, keep your eyes up and stop with the bars square.
Re: ride height and bars:
I'm just about 5'3" and have a short inseam. Currently I use the stock seat and stock suspension, although I am toying with the idea of raising the fork tubes in the triple clamps by 3/4" to 1" to quicken steering and lower the seat height slightly.
Last week I completed installing a different set of handle bars that are much lower and much wider than the stock mini-ape hangers http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/produc...fCatId=&mmyId=
and took it out for a test ride last weekend. WOW what an amazing difference in handling! I am sooooo glad I ditched the stock bars!
The handlebar switch housings have what can be described as small pegs sticking out of their interiors that fit into holes on the stock bars. These keep your switches from being able to rotate around on the bars. The new bars that I purchased didn't have any pre-drilled holes so I had to carefully measure and carefully drill them myself (a drill press and a second pair of hands helped a lot).
Luckily these bars work with the stock length cables and wires, as a whole new set can get pricey. The handgrips do however come very close to stock gas tank now at full lock turns (like parking) but that doesn't really cause any problems with normal riding. People with longer legs might find that these bars touch their knees while making tight turns. The mirrors are now way out of proportion though and they need to be swapped for ones with much shorter stems.
If you were to swap out your stock bars I would recommend a few things:
- Take a wire coat hanger and bend it into the approximate position that you would like your new bars to be in. This will help you visualize where your new bars will position your hands etc. and help you take measurements so you can decide which new bars to use. Remember the VN750 uses 7/8" bars, not 1" bars.
- Do what Denny6006 did, go to a bike shop and ask to handle any spare bars they have to get a feel of what you're looking for.
- Have a look at this site for ideas http://www.sideroadcycles.com/Import...ckBarsOne.html
- Wider bars give you more leverage and make leaning the bike easier. Narrower drag bars will have the opposite effect.