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I am getting stationed in California for my next assignment with an old buddy of mine that dose a lot of long rides. He ride a Yamaha road star cruiser specialized for all day/week riding and I of course ride a 929RR right now. I have looked into maybe getting a different bike or additional bike to tour on but Just can't get exited about most the stuff on the market. I was wondering if there where things out there that could make my 929RR acceptable for touring duty in the realm of 1500 miles over 4 days. I have done 6 hour one way rides before and they are a little rough on me. my back and butt don't like me much after that. would bar risers and a good seat make enough of a difference to make it comfortable or at least bearable? I want to enjoy the ride and not fear the return because I beat myself up on the first 750 miles. I am 5'7" 175 lbs and sit forward on the seat due to my arm length.

Thanks in advance. I tried to search a little but these things can be very subjective. some people can ride all day and not care one bit but I'm 33 and my back dose not like super extended saddle time and I don't want to have to make by buddy stop every 50 minutes so I can stretch my back.

I had looked at some other bikes but cruisers don't do anything for me at all and ST's are huge and heavy. I had considered a SV1000, or something like that but you have to do seats and risers on those as well.
 

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I think you are on the money with the bar risers and a better cushioned seat, it may not fix the problem totally but certainly worth a try rather than getting a cruiser.
I am at the age (55) where a cruiser is better suited but December last year bought myself another (brand new) 'Blade and loving it.
Good luck on your quest for better comfort.:thumb:
 

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I put a Sargent seat on my 929 and it is much more comfortable to ride.
Cushioning and size is much better than the stock seat.

Bar risers would be the way to go too, as you mentioned.
 

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motorcycle mods seem oddly expensive. how much will bar risers, seat and possibly adjustable pegs run me?

200-220 for the seat but I sit close up on the tank so may need to have it somewhat custom.

230 for apex riser clip ons
Apex 3" Riser Clip-on Set


100-150 for rearset to change peg position ( not sure how much of an effect this would have)

All in all if that made it bearable that would be great. Then I would only have to deal with the poor fuel economy and having to stop for gas twice as much
 

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i ride a cbr954. i change to sargent seats and apex 3" riser clip-on. But the issue is i cannot fully utilise the 3", as it will hit the fairing, not sure if anyone have any solutions here.
 

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My buddy put a Corbin seat and heli bars on his 01 and it turned it into an all day tourer except for the leg cramping ;) but seriously made the bike 10x more comfortable.

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thanks for the reply's would like to hear how much adjustability you where able to get with the apex clip ons before contacting the fairing


well I found a site called cycle ergo and was looking at how the geometry would change with bar mods. It was interesting to find that a SV1000s has about the same forward lean angle geometry which was surprising. If I can lift the bars 2" and bring them back 1" that will get me where I want. Seems most sport bikes are around a 31 degree forward angle while most ST bikes are around 10. With the 2"rise and 1" pull back I would be at 23 degrees which is acceptable and with a seat and possibly those 100.00 rear sets to adjust my legs another 1" it just might be enough. I'm planning a 760 mile 2 day ride with 860 miles return ride in another 2 days with a few days in between and want to enjoy it and not loath getting on the bike the second day.

Another thing i noticed when looking at the corbin seat is that it may push my seating position further back thus making me bend over more. I tend to sit right up on my tank because I have shorter arms.
 

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thanks for the reply's would like to hear how much adjustability you where able to get with the apex clip ons before contacting the fairing


well I found a site called cycle ergo and was looking at how the geometry would change with bar mods. It was interesting to find that a SV1000s has about the same forward lean angle geometry which was surprising. If I can lift the bars 2" and bring them back 1" that will get me where I want. Seems most sport bikes are around a 31 degree forward angle while most ST bikes are around 10. With the 2"rise and 1" pull back I would be at 23 degrees which is acceptable and with a seat and possibly those 100.00 rear sets to adjust my legs another 1" it just might be enough. I'm planning a 760 mile 2 day ride with 860 miles return ride in another 2 days with a few days in between and want to enjoy it and not loath getting on the bike the second day.

Another thing i noticed when looking at the corbin seat is that it may push my seating position further back thus making me bend over more. I tend to sit right up on my tank because I have shorter arms.
i can take a picture of my apex clip-on if you want. did not rise much actually, but it did make my ride more comfortable. and i had to change the cables as well. I am interested to see riders who have cut their fairings. anyone?
 

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A couple pics would be great. ho much would you say you where able to get out of those bars? which cables did you change and how much was that?
 

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A couple pics would be great. ho much would you say you where able to get out of those bars? which cables did you change and how much was that?
Both clutch and brake cables had to be changed. Not much was raised, when I post pictures then you will understand better.

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i ride a cbr954. i change to sargent seats and apex 3" riser clip-on. But the issue is i cannot fully utilise the 3", as it will hit the fairing, not sure if anyone have any solutions here.
Those Apex bars look cool.
 

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looking forward to pics. I would never cut my fairing though. can you estimate ho much up and or back you got?
 

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I put a sargent seat on my '98 RRW and it make a big differance on the comfort, although I didn't bother with the bar risers. Keep the speed up and lean on the head wind, it takes the weight of the wrists...
 

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if you rotated them rearward for more clearance what would then be the issue? I imagine you would have already done it if possible
 

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if you rotated them rearward for more clearance what would then be the issue? I imagine you would have already done it if possible
I just visited a workshop last weekend, trying to explore what options I have got to better utilise the risers.
He suggested instead of cutting the fairing, he can put spacers on the sub frame where the mirrors are mounted so that it will have sufficient clearance. but the brake lines will have to be customised again, I already have the 1 set of steel braided brake hose lying around at home, customised 1 set again after installing.
 
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