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Quick question. Does the JAWS handlebar conversion require longer brake and clutch lines? I have now seen some conflicting information on whether it does or not. If it does not, I am probably going to buy it.
I just purchased the JAWS straight bar kit. I figure I am skilled enough to go out and buy some extended lines if I have to, and even install them myself.
I'm also 5'7" and I find my Blackbird ('99 stock, but for a Sargent seat) the most comfortable tourer that I've ever had. 110,000 miles on that saddle. Are you perhaps putting too much weight on your wrists? Check whether you're riding with straight, stiff arms.
I met a guy who had installed VFR800 handlebars onto his BB. He needed longer brake & clutch hoses (can't remember if he used VFR800 hoses) but it was a bolt on exercise and he got the bits from the bike wreckers.
Be careful not to widen the seat..... at 5-7 you will need the narrower front for leg to ground, and the wider back bit for comfort.
If all else fails..... maybe a newer bike..... lighter and much more upright riding positions on all the new sporty touring styles...... I know..... blasphemy..... sell the BB....... never..... ....... but if age/injury is an issue, it might be time to look around.
Ps I have seen some top clamp conversion kits that allow the use of traditional 'handlebars' instead of clip-on's...... and taller screens/deflectors.
I now notice how meaty my BB is after riding the KTM........ there's over 30kg difference in weight between the 17GT and the 05BB
Last edited by Aussie Dave; 04-17-2019 at 12:44 AM.
Glenn had serious back problems and couldnt ride his bird very far and was going to sell it because he couldnt ride it,
He rode mine for 20 Kays and loved it, He had no back problems at all on my Bird with the 12 inch risers,
He is about 5-7, Im 5-9.
Mine has a double Bubble other than the screen and Bars, its stock standard,
I changed my bars because I couldnt ride it with clip ons, 100 kays and my hands were cramped up and extremely painfull,
Which is crap and dangerous when I do 10 hour rides, Frequently,
Its for function, not looks, Cost me about $300-00 all up including the extra long hoses,
If ya not Boppin, Ya in ya coffin. Rock and Roll will soothe your soul.
Mods, 12 Inch self made Risers, Double Bubble Windscreen, Ventura packrack, Expandable to 82 litre, Rjays rack bag, Suspension is still stock, Megacycle Cans, Hids, Lambswool seat cover, It Might be Blue, It Might be Slow, But it is, Awesome.
There isn't really any extra though to go higher with the hoses as they are at about max
98 TITANIUM Blackbird
My wife finished my seat yesterday and it feels much better than stock. She made the front much steeper and shaved the original foam down to about 1/2 inch. Then, she added a layer of the super delux foam from foam factory and partially re-attached the original cover. Riding into work this morning was much more comfortable for my butt.
I am now waiting on the JAWS peg lowering kit and straight bar conversion to arrive from the UK. I think I have to replace the stock windscreen too for the bars, but that's a 10 minute job at most, and I can order the windscreen from the US.