I'm a bit late to this discussion, but I thought I'd mention that when I changed the stock bar on my standard (naked, upright)) SV650 to a more forward-leaning Suburban Machinery Type 2 bar, I definitely lost a certain amount of countersteering leverage. Now I'm not debating whether or not one can run faster lap times with one set of bars or another - I'm certainly not qualified. All I know is that while I may look cooler
) with a more forward lean, it was easier to flick the bike around when it had the more upright stock handlebar. I may go back to a more stock configuration. After all, it's not like I'm racing this bike which only then would benefit from a lower bar/clip-ons for triple digit speed stability and cornering.