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Raised Clipons on a cafe racer

Discussion in 'Norton Motorcycles (Modern)' started by skidmark, May 26, 2015.

  1. skidmark

    skidmark

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    Has anyone installed something like the Woodsman bars that give you up to 3 inches of raise of the bars?

    I should have know better I bought a Thruxton when they still had clip ons and ended up installing an LSL top yoke and bars.

    Otherwise all is going great.
    Skiddy
     
  2. BPHORSEGUY

    BPHORSEGUY

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    I resisted the urge to buy the Cafe Racer and opted fot the Special Factory instead. To this day I am convinced it was the adult thing to do, I have owned several bikes that I couldn't ride for more then 45 minutes!
     
  3. BritTwit

    BritTwit VIP MEMBER

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    +1 on handlebars.
    I have a CR which is not as bad as my 999 Duck, but the Norton would have been more comfortable with bars like Norman Hyde M bars.
    I have M bars on my Hinckley Bonneville. They are perfect for my dimensions.
     
  4. DBono

    DBono

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    Most of my bikes are either set up as café racers or sportbikes with clip-ons. I find the 961 CR pretty comfortable as the bars are higher than my other low bars, but the main improvement in comfort for me was upgrading the seat. Now, I can ride for a few hours without a problem. And, when riding in the twisties, I virtually never get fatigued. On the freeway, however, long stretches of being stationary and having your knees fighting wind turbulence does get old, but never did like riding on the freeway.
     
  5. 961al

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    The problem I had was NOT with the clip ons being too low... it was that the footrests were too far forward to match the bars...so as rear sets are non existent, I went the route of getting Norton to install the SF bars in place of the clip ons....at a cost of almost £900 UK fitted !! The bike required a different top yoke, (about £500 if I remember...) amongst other things. At least i'm more comfortable......
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  6. BPHORSEGUY

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    I would be fine with the clipons for short bursts, but if I want to run the tank dry ............!
     
  7. BPHORSEGUY

    BPHORSEGUY

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    Most of us who are interested in retro are well..... not kids any more! My 25 year old step-son insists my Ducati Sport Classic is comfortable. But on the rare occasion I let him ride it he wants to stop for coffee after 35-45 minutes. He doesn't drink coffee! :?
     
  8. BritTwit

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    The CR was Stewart Garner's creation. The only 2 versions that Dreer intended were the Sport (low bars, rightside up forks), and the SE with low bars, carbon wheels).
    I am partial to the cafe look of the CR, but if you are considering riding any significant distanes, low bars are the way to go.
    The most miles that I put on my CR in one day was 250. At the end of the day I felt as though I had just been beaten down in a UFC match.
    Shoulders and wrists were killing me.
     
  9. skidmark

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  10. skidmark

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    http://www.woodcraft-cfm.com/cgi-bin/co ... egory=OOOX

    Got them installed, only problem was the Norton Clipons are about 33mm thick/wide/high and the Woodcrafts 38mm. I got 2mm milled off top and bottom, much more and the bolt heads would be effected.
    There is an amount of squeeze in rubber spacers to the headlamp brackets.

    I bought the 2 and a half inch rise and this puts the centre line of the bars about 1.5 inches above the top yoke or about 3 over the originals. Doesn't sound a lot but it makes quiet a difference.
     

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