Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: New York, NY, USA
Shortly after I bought my 08 GT I adjusted the handlebars as low as they would go, on the theory that this would be more sporty, and would also reduce turbulence off the windscreen.
After that I bought an Aeroflow Windscreen and Aeroguards and turbulence and noise were greatly reduced. Nice
Next, I bought into the group Russell Day Long Seat buy. I have to admit I was not crazy about the Russell results, as the "wings" dug into my legs when stopped, and I seemed to be sitting on the front end of the seat and out of the tractor seat bucket that they are so famous for. I soldiered on thinking I would get used to it, but started riding with the Sargent seat that came with my bike, and that seat looked cool but was not much better than stock.
Today, after finishing my 6K service and some rewiring of farkles, I noticed the low handlebar position, and realized I had left it at the lowest setting. After riding my GS almost exclusively this Summer, I noticed when riding the GT that there was too much weight on my wrists and the bike was very heavy to steer, but I wrote that off to the "sporty" nature of the GT.
Well, today I raised the bars on the GT, and took a ride. What a revelation. First, the weight was gone off my wrists. Second, with my new more upright position I was abe to settle back into the Russell seat and "found the pocket" This was getting better!
Finally, and most important to me, with the weight off my wrists I was no longer struggling to to wrestle the bike into corners, and had more fun riding. Not having the tension of all that weight on my wrists relaxed my grip, and as in most sports, this resulted in better feel, and makes me a better rider.
I realize this is something of a "blinding flash of the obvious", but I wonder how many of us have forgotten that we can easily adjust the height of the bars on our GT's?
2008 K1200GT, Custom Paint, Vivid Black, Aeroflow WS & Aeroguards, Givi E52 Maxia Topcase w/AdMore Lighting, Zumo 660, Suburban Footpeg Lowering, Sargent Seat
2009 R1200GS Adventure, Magnesium Grey/Black, Adventure Cases, Zumo 660, Touratech Unobtanium Accessories
1974 Norton Commando 850 Soon to be a restoration project