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Old 03-13-11, 10:29 AM   #1
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Livin the high life

The trend seems to be toward flatter bars. I went the other direction. Someone told me they look dorky, what do you think?






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Old 03-13-11, 10:45 AM   #2
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I actually kinda like it. Proof is going to be in how it rides for you. I imagine it would make your riding position (especially standing) feel more moto?

Needs a crossbar to complete the look .




[I resisted the urge to flatter bars (I take 40 over 20-25 rise when I can) until this year - - only because the 31s don't come in higher rises. I remember back in the late '70s when MX bars did the same flatter-is-better thing and how it really kinda messed up my riding buying into it.]
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Old 03-13-11, 01:23 PM   #3
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who cares what they look like. do you like them? do they rock? that is all that matters.

that said, your bike does look a bit odd, only because it doesn't look like all the other bikes you usually see.
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Well I took it for a little spin around the neighborhood. Seems like I get better power transfer and snappier acceleration with the taller bar. Turn in doesn't seem to be as spastically quck as it used to be, but that's a tradeoff I'm willing to make. It's much much easier to manual now.

pablo, I can assure you the bike looks way odder when I'm on it.
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Yeeeeeeeeerahhhhh! HiRise is the shizz.
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Looks good.
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It looks clownishly tall for a xc bike. It looks normally high for a DJ/park bike. In the immortally rock and roll words of Sloan, if it feels good, do it.
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I should have the pic when I had the bike...the whole thing is gone now.

I HAD a standard hardtail, set up with 24-speed and triggers, front 160 disc and V's on the back...and an old stingray ape-hanger bar! My riding position was UPright!

It was a blast to ride, but turns at more than 10mph were a bit 'problematic', as the whole rig would flex!

If I ever get the urge again for a rig like that one, I'll just buy an Electra (love that Rat Fink!)
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Looks like something you'd see in North Carolina!
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Its a good lookin unique beast of a bike. Once you get over 40 its nice to ride a little taller. The way you have it set up looks more of a park bike than XC, is that right? Do you have a MotoCross as well or just get lucky and score a decal?
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I imagine it would make your riding position (especially standing) feel more moto?
The front of the moto feels low to me too, even with lowered pegs and 1" risers under the clamp, but with its 12+ inches of travel, I don't think I can afford to move my mass center further rearward without pushing too much in corners. Plus all the high rise bars (woods or mini bend) are too narrow for my both my preference and the roll chart, watch, computer, etc. I have to strap on there. For some reason, I never have a problem getting the front wheel up on the moto.

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The mud on the downtube is from NC but the snow is definitely all NY.

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The way you have it set up looks more of a park bike than XC, is that right?
Yep, it's designed as a 4X race bike. I mainly use it for street, dj, and general play. I've ridden it XC before and it was loads of fun but after 10 miles or so you really start thinking it'd be nice to sit down for a while. Unless you're teh Dannihilator of course.

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Do you have a MotoCross as well or just get lucky and score a decal?
I have a moto I race offroad. My buddy replaced the H-D sticker on the trailer with one from the proper, superior marque.
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Looks good in a goofy way. If it was on a box store bike, I'd see it & think "What the hell were they thinking?". On a Banshee, I see it & think "Whoever rides this knows exactly what they want out of this bike".
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Bada Boom! I guess BING just doesn't quite say it, eh?
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I approve.

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