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I found the stock bars too high and put me in a laid back position which on the highway causes extreme stress on the lower back,I know that a lot of people on here look for forward controls for our bikes while personally would rather the pegs be farther back and lower like the old standard type bikes or even rearsets like on the old cafe style bikes,i have a lower narrower set of bars on the bike now and I like where they are and I like the way the 750 handles and the narrow width of the bike,I think that if the pegs were set farther back and the rider in a more leaned forward position not flat on your face mind you but enough to cancel out the feeling that the wind is trying to cause you to lay back,that the pressure would be less on the shoulders and tail bone and make, the distance between fill ups a lot more pleasureable,Ther are some on here who have ridden the old standard style bikes with lower bars, neutral sitting footpegs and long flat seats that were the norm on these older bikes Like the old Bonnevilles ,the early jap bikes Like the H1 and h2 and the early KZ series Kaw's ,Honda's early Cb Series350,550,750 fours. Suzuki and Yamaha also made similar models,Until the Advent of the cruiser,which when it was designed to appeal to people who wanted to cruise town on Saturday night,maybe a short trip to work ,but were not designed to make the long trips across country ,They were made for profiling around town and doing a little hot rodding.they became wildly popular because they had the riding position of a Harley and the stepped seats became common at this time too,and the American public ate it up because it was a lot cheaper,Again it was let's sell them what they want,after people bought cruisers they found out that they actually liked riding more than they thought and wanted to turn them into long distance machines and used the band aid on a broken arm approach and installed high way pegs so they could stretch their legs out and drivers backrest to relieve the strain on their backs and high dollar seats to try to ease their aching butt's,By the way before the drivers backrest they/we tied the sleeping bag on the front of the sissy bar to lay back on, and in the wake of people wanting to sit up and not be pushed backwards at highway speeds on lon trips they all came up with a big Tourer that insulated you from the world around you and made you feel more like you were in a car than on a bike.Don't get me wrong i like all types of bikes,but now I am seeing an ever so slight shift back to the neutral riding position bikes from some of the manufacturers ,The FJR ,ST1300,Concours are sport tourers that are world class bikes and don't carry a BMW price tag and the relatively "new" market of so called naked bikes,we used to call them standards,The Ducati Monster and the Hypermotard,Honda Offers up the 599 and 919 and Kawasaki has the 650 ninja which is a nice bike for it's comfortable position and sport bike looks and close to full on performance without the radical ,full blown down in the bars riding positions of the 160 to 170 HP Race ready sport bikes.there are a lot of choices out there so keep you mind and your eyes open and ride a few different style bikes if you can for an hour or so not a spin around the block and you might find out what the motorcycle world has been missing since the early part of the eighties. I personally would like to find a Cbr 1000 an change out the top trees to a set of RSD with triple camps and dirt track bars lowered an inch on both ends and a nice set of custom hard bags.Do I need it?What 50 year old man needs a motorcycle capable of running close to two hundred MPH? ,Do I want it ? You betcha!
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Last edited by denny6006; 08-03-2009 at 02:34 AM.