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How to make my ride more comfortable

The last squid to own my bike liked to pretend he was a racer, I imagine. I've been working out his horrible decisions getting stock items through hondaparthouse.com. with my war injuries I just can't take some of those younger kid accessories. I've got an hour ride to work and I can hardly walk afterwards.
So I've been using hondaparthouse.com to find part numbers and finding them where I can. The stock clipons aren't available anywhere and the down angle on the junk someone put on is killing me. What's a good close to stock option to replace these to improve my riding posture a bit?
I'm also looking for better grips as these are a bit small for my hands. I want to stick with the 7/8 bar so I don't have to swap out all my controls. What have you guys found to be comfortable and durable?
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Re: How to make my ride more comfortable

I see you're in NY, so I can't offer local knowledge.

You might have a company that makes a product similar to our 'Helibars' that many swear by. They look almost standard but with a rise of 10 mm or so.
http://www.helibars.co.uk/

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Youíll be hard pressed to find anything in the OEM height/angle.

I have aftermarket bars on both my 900ís and just deal with it. But Iíve been used to them for years so itís not as bad (and no injuries to make it worse). As far as grips go, go with ProGrip. They have a couple styles that Iíve been using for years, great grips.

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Re: How to make my ride more comfortable

I can do some looking in my parts stash but I may have a set of stock clipons for a 96. No promises but I'll check.
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Re: How to make my ride more comfortable

turns out finding a replacement seat is a bit challenging as well. my 97 is too old for manufacturers to keep them in stock. anyone know if the 98-01 seats mount the same?
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turns out finding a replacement seat is a bit challenging as well. my 97 is too old for manufacturers to keep them in stock. anyone know if the 98-01 seats mount the same?
93-99 all the same

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Re: How to make my ride more comfortable

954 clip-ons are the tallest OEM I've seen. If the forktube diameter is compatible, you could ask those that're parting them out.

Sargent, Corbin, and Mustang make aftermarket "saddle" seats. Folks have also taken their seats to an upholstery shop, and had them modified.

HEAVY bar ends and knee-squeezing the tank also help discomfort. I ride with an expandable tankbag which I lean on to alleviate pressure on my hands and lower back. A magnetic weatherproof bag will run you ~$65.

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Re: How to make my ride more comfortable

I did look at everything with a 45mm fork, not much out there. I was thinking maybe some adapter rings for some larger sizes.

Corbin no longer carrier the 93-97 seat. Knowing up to 99 still works, I'll have to check that out. Sargent doesn't have anything before 2000. Mustang doesn't carry anything for sport bikes and saddleman also doesn't have anything for 93-99. I was thinking I may have to go the reupholster route as well.

I was looking to change my tuck angle more than anything. I've been blown up a bit and thrown from a hmmwv which have resulted in cracked and herniated disks. The stock grips have something like a 1.5" rise on them and compared to the 0" with the -7 sweep, it'll be a big help with posture.

I'm looking for fatter grips because i've got larger hands which, combined with getting shot in the shoulder, make my hands cramp up or go numb from a pinched nerve.

A sport bike probably isn't the right answer but hey, I've got it and I'm stubborn.
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. . . I'm looking for fatter grips because i've got larger hands which, combined with getting shot in the shoulder, make my hands cramp up or go numb from a pinched nerve. . .
Not sure whether you have these or similar available in USA, but they're a simple resolution to grip size and also remove a heap of vibration.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Grip-Pupp...72.m2749.l2649
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Not sure whether you have these or similar available in USA, but they're a simple resolution to grip size and also remove a heap of vibration.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Grip-Pupp...72.m2749.l2649
i had this thought yesterday and ordered a set. we'll see how they do.
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Found this for anyone needing a clip on size chart for conversions
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Re: How to make my ride more comfortable

i saw some woodcraft clip on risers which might be a decent alternative. i was thinking the 1.5" riser. anyone know at what point i'd need to look into a steering damper?
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Caution with aftermarket clip-ons; the measurement is over ZERO, not OEM.

...and I'm going to be bold in saying that if you're not planning on turning the 690 or I-90 into a racetrack, you'll be fine without a steering damper. dampener? damn yankee'er? I'm not good with werdz.

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Re: How to make my ride more comfortable

damp∑er - a device for reducing mechanical vibration, in particular a shock absorber on a motor vehicle.

damp∑en∑er - a thing that has a restraining or subduing effect.

I'm from florida, i ain't no yank.

I'm pretty sure the stock ones are 1-1.5" above zero and i was trying to create a similar or slightly higher feel. right now mine are 0 with a 7 degree rake, not liking it.
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