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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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You’ll be hard pressed to find anything in the OEM height/angle.

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

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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?
 

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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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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-Puppies-Motorcycle-Foam-Covers-Adds-Comfort-and-Reduces-Vibration/191505407117?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
 

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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. :O
 

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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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hahaha. I like your style :shades: :cheers:

right. I gotcha. no fortune in finding someone parting one out :idunno:
 

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First off, there are a myriad of options (other than the "partshouse") for genuine Honda parts (OEM and aftermarket), you just have to take the time and search for them (Find a kid who likes computers...lol) Beyond your clip-on problem, adjust your suspension.
Start by setting your suspension to the factory specifications, then add (+) some spring pre-load to your forks, and reduce (-) the ride-height of your rear shock, that will basically put you in a more upright riding position, as apposed to the more aggressive, forward angle (Make minimal adjustments, clicks and half-turns). I would also reduce/soften the compression dampening (and probably the rebound), because most sport bikes are fairly rigid (Keeps the Squids happy...lol), but unless you ride at mach speeds all the time, you don't need that stiff of a suspension. I did to my bike (2009 Repsol) exactly what I just suggested to you, and I go over 110 MPH every time I go for a ride with NO instability problems what-so-ever. In fact, my suspension is so dialed-in she keeps begging for more throttle, never talking back (lol), and I can ride all day!
You might also consider tire pressure. Generally speaking, EVERYONE puts more air in the rear tire than they do in the front, but I like my tire pressure to be the same (About 34 lbs). For one, I just get a better feel of the bike, fore and aft. And two, I ALWAYS ride up into the mountains, and having more pressure in the rear tire puts more weight to the front tire, weight that I don't need when coming "down" out of the mountains, and it also puts me at a more forward leaning angle, which I also don't need when descending....Good Luck!
 

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The problem is hip bend more than being upright. I'm 6'2" and this bike squeezes me together pretty good. My back didn't like bending that much and it puts pressure on my cracker vertebrae and makes my hands go numb. I'm hoping risers will relieve some of that.
I'm not a speed demon, I like sliding my knee in corners, if I soften it up at all, that'll be a problem.
 

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The problem is hip bend more than being upright. I'm 6'2" and this bike squeezes me together pretty good. My back didn't like bending that much and it puts pressure on my cracker vertebrae and makes my hands go numb. I'm hoping risers will relieve some of that.
I'm not a speed demon, I like sliding my knee in corners, if I soften it up at all, that'll be a problem.
Have you tried grips on the tank, this just takes some of the weight off your wrists. Long distance sportsbike riding in my experience is about riding on the balls of your feet, gripping the tank with your knees and riding with a very light touch, and a break about every 60 miles. Personally even at the age of 54 I still like the riding position, but you do need plenty of breaks for a stretch and a scratch!
 
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