This is a continuation of a topic I started on another forum, but I thought people here may be interested as well. I was going to put it in the mods and maintenance, but figured its model specific so this seemed more appropriate.
I have a 2002 900SS. Its my 3rd 900SS over the years. I've owned many bikes but the 900SS has always been my favorite bike. Anyhow, lately, I've been thinking I'd like to get just a little more comfort out of the bars. There's not too many options left for this model. Speedymoto's and Woodcraft seem to be it. I had read somewhere that just flipping the stock clipons makes a noticeable inprovement, so tonight, I went ahead and gave it a go.
Basically, here's what I did:
- Loosen the screws for the actual bar's. The inner screw has to come all the way out, because there's actually a notch in the bars, a key slot if you will.
- Loosen the actual clamps.
- Remove the clamps and the spacers ( Leaving the spacers caused a clearance issue ).
- Flip the clamps and put them upside down and on the opposite side
- Slide the bars back in, but not all the way. In order for the inner screw ( see key slot above ) to go all the way through, you have to actually leave the bar just slightly out. This actually gives the effect of longer bars too
Adjust and tighten
I haven't been on a ride, and there is still a slight interference at full lock but that should only come in to play in duc walk maneuvers, not actual riding. The angle of the bar is significantly improved.It seems a little higher, but its tough to tell.
I'll give a ride report next week. It lacks the adjustability of something like the SpeedyMoto's but its an hours labor at no cost, so I thought it was worth a shot. If it doesn't work out, I''ll just go for the Speedymoto's or Woodcraft's was suggested to me.
Here's some before and after pics ( I put on my CRG mirror too ):