Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Modesto, CA, USA
Well, here's my story.
I too would like to try the tubular handle bar thing.
I put about 12,000 miles on my rs with type one bar backs and did ok.
I then took off the bar backs and went back to stock and tried that for about 3,000 miles.
I do like the way the bike handles at higher speed with the stock set up, but the bar backs are better around town.
I was ok when I wasn't getting on the bike with my neck already messed up. I have some neck problems that are not motorcycle related so I have good days and bad days. If it is a bad day, I can manage with the bar backs but I will be so crippled up without them I will not be able to even turn my head from side to side for days afterward.
(.. and before all the "master Yoda" nazis jump in.. yes I have tried all that. I use it even with the bar backs and yes, it is a very good way to ride, BUT it is not enough to help my neck..)
I think what I really need is for the bars to be angled back ( tips in more towards the tank ) just a few degrees more than I need higher and back.
So the tubular handle bar thing sounds good to me. I could bend up different sets until I got the one I liked but the only thing holding me back is that I hate making cables.
So, I will be watching this thread to see if anyone has a source of ready made cables that are of as good or better quality than the stock ones.