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Old 05-05-2013, 08:19 PM   #241
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Thanks for the response and perspective. I did ask about the bike being the show room for 4 years and fluids & stuff. Salesperson said that they had not had them that long saying that Yamaha ask them if they want to sell some left overs an they agreed to. Said they had been in shipping crate until recently. The brake fluid looked fresh. I didn't get to dealing yet since I really didn't know what I was going to do, just in the thinking about it stage. If I decide to go for it I'd want a better deal than 6800.
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:38 AM   #242
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I just made a new thread (idiot) and forgot that I could have asked here.

I need new handlebars for my FZ6, stock doesn't work.

The angle is killing my hands. Has anyone used anything
other then the FZ1 bars (which seem to be the most common
swap - are they that good?).

Some people mentioned FZ6R bars, they look the same to me.
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:25 AM   #243
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I use the FZ1 bars with SW Motech up and back adapters. It helped out alot, but did not totally solve my throttle hand soreness. Been tempted to go to a dirt bar. I do not seem to have these issues when on the 530 EXCr.
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:57 AM   #244
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I use the FZ1 bars with SW Motech up and back adapters. It helped out alot, but did not totally solve my throttle hand soreness. Been tempted to go to a dirt bar. I do not seem to have these issues when on the 530 EXCr.
But that damn FZ1 bar looks so fugly.

I've been looking at renthal stuff and have no idea what do get.
I just know that I need less sweep then I currently have.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:25 AM   #245
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Too much rise and you lose the ability to easily get some weight over the lightly sprung front and keep it planted while thrashing.

Check the fz6 forum for ideas, been hashed and re-hashed to death for seven years.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:44 AM   #246
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Too much rise and you lose the ability to easily get some weight over the lightly sprung front and keep it planted while thrashing.

Check the fz6 forum for ideas, been hashed and re-hashed to death for seven years.
Found one thread on renthals with no conclusion, and a couple with FZ1 bars
which I really don't want to do..

I can always lower the front end on the forks.. (it came lowered actually) if
I get higher bars.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:40 PM   #247
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Found one thread on renthals with no conclusion, and a couple with FZ1 bars
which I really don't want to do..

I can always lower the front end on the forks.. (it came lowered actually) if
I get higher bars.
The stock bars were killing me as well, so I bought some Renthal Road Low bars. They are great, I like them a lot. Similar to the stock ones as far as height goes, but with less sweep. The sweep of the stock bars is what was making my wrists very uncomfortable.
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:33 AM   #248
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The stock bars were killing me as well, so I bought some Renthal Road Low bars. They are great, I like them a lot. Similar to the stock ones as far as height goes, but with less sweep. The sweep of the stock bars is what was making my wrists very uncomfortable.
Ok.
So it seems I'm "normal".


Any modifications needed as suggested in previous posts?
Drilling?
What about bar-end weights?

I guess the Road Mediums might be a bit higher then stock then,..
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:23 AM   #249
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Ok.
So it seems I'm "normal".


Any modifications needed as suggested in previous posts?
Drilling?
What about bar-end weights?

I guess the Road Mediums might be a bit higher then stock then,..
I bought renthal bar ends because I didn't feel like having to cut new threads in the Renthals.

Only modification I needed to do was to cut off the locating pins on the controls. If you do this, there is no need to drill any holes. I used a razor to cut them off, took about 5 minutes.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:30 AM   #250
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I bought renthal bar ends because I didn't feel like having to cut new threads in the Renthals.

Only modification I needed to do was to cut off the locating pins on the controls. If you do this, there is no need to drill any holes. I used a razor to cut them off, took about 5 minutes.
How much were the renthal bar ends?
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:00 AM   #251
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Too much rise and you lose the ability to easily get some weight over the lightly sprung front and keep it planted while thrashing.

Check the fz6 forum for ideas, been hashed and re-hashed to death for seven years.
Crank up the pre-load in the rear, and lower the front. (I lowered mine 8mm) That'll get sum weight over the front.

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Ok.
So it seems I'm "normal".


Any modifications needed as suggested in previous posts?
Drilling?
What about bar-end weights?

I guess the Road Mediums might be a bit higher then stock then,..
I'm purdie sure the road mediums are a tad lower than the stock bars.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:26 AM   #252
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:35 AM   #253
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Crank up the pre-load in the rear, and lower the front. (I lowered mine 8mm) That'll get sum weight over the front.
I dropped them a bit in accordance with the instructions from Hyperpro.

Off to the Driftless Region (Driftless = glaciers didn't slide over it = hilly bumpy awesomeness) of Wisconsin (Wisconsin = fresh milk has to get to market = they pave all the little roads = awesomeness) today. Will report back Thursday on the new suspension with a decent load of camping gear at a pace that approaches irresponsible.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:51 AM   #254
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I dropped them a bit in accordance with the instructions from Hyperpro.

Off to the Driftless Region (Driftless = glaciers didn't slide over it = hilly bumpy awesomeness) of Wisconsin (Wisconsin = fresh milk has to get to market = they pave all the little roads = awesomeness) today. Will report back Thursday on the new suspension with a decent load of camping gear at a pace that approaches irresponsible.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:04 AM   #255
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Back from two days in the Driftless Region. << good wiki link

It was a lot of fun. I had a late fall camping trip cancelled, then was snowed out in late April, so I haven't really been on the bike or in the woods in five months.

First: I haven't been on the bike in five months. The riding got really good halfway thru Tuesday, but I wasn't really feeling it until late in the day. I went thru the Mindoro Cut yesterday late in the day, and felt a little better about my lines and body position. Sigh.

So, Hyperpro progressive springs. Worth it, if only as a comfort/touring mod. Potholes, frost heaves, expansion joints, all that hard-edged stuff that would about jolt the bars out of your hands is less painful to ride over. The bonus: slightly more composed when leaned over, and perhaps better matched to the stock rear shock with regard to spring rate.

Would I take a new or nearly-new bike apart to replace the springs and oil, expecting a large upgrade? No. but when the time comes, I think it is a reasonable upgrade.

Will the occasional track-day or really hard street rider be satisfied? No. Still too soft, still all the sophistication of a damper-rod fork. They should do the full RaceTech emulator job or get a set of take-off R6 forks. And a new rear shock.

I'm happy. I got my chicken strips back to their usual 1/4 inch or so, which tells me I was riding faster than I thought I was in my early-season funk. More importantly I felt confident in the bike in doing it, even dodging gravel, manure, farm implements, and leftover road salt in the process.
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