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    Re: What do I need to convert my Bird to a tourer for 5'7 me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Warlord View Post
    I just bought the JAWS lowering pegs. Going to install those first and see if I can get away with keeping the 1.5inch rise on my current Helibars. Pretty much anything else is going to require new lines and having my mechanic do it ($$).
    Hello, Warlord, I am also 5'7 I have the heli bar and just spinned the rear lower shock bracket back one time it lowered the rear of the bike just enough for me to be flat foot on the ground and this is with the original seat on I don't lean over to reach it's just right for me.
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    Re: What do I need to convert my Bird to a tourer for 5'7 me?

    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.

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    Re: What do I need to convert my Bird to a tourer for 5'7 me?

    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.

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    Re: What do I need to convert my Bird to a tourer for 5'7 me?

    Hi Warlord,

    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.

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    Re: What do I need to convert my Bird to a tourer for 5'7 me?

    Cheers all,

    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
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    Re: What do I need to convert my Bird to a tourer for 5'7 me?

    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,
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    Re: What do I need to convert my Bird to a tourer for 5'7 me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Dave View Post
    Cheers all,

    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.
    You shouldn't need any longer gear with VFR800 bars I fitted VFR800 bars that I got from a guy on the .org site to my 98 and apart from having to unclip the cables from the clips under the tank it didn't require anything else as that gave plenty of length
    There isn't really any extra though to go higher with the hoses as they are at about max
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    Re: What do I need to convert my Bird to a tourer for 5'7 me?

    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.

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    Re: What do I need to convert my Bird to a tourer for 5'7 me?

    Quote Originally Posted by saraiva View Post
    Hi Warlord,

    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 do notice myself riding straight armed. I am making a conscious effort to use my back muscles, but its callenge with my current setup. Hoping the rebuilt seat, new bars, and peg lowering will help.

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    Re: What do I need to convert my Bird to a tourer for 5'7 me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot57 View Post
    I believe convertibars allows you to raise the bars the most and sounds like that is what you are looking for. I have mine up about 6" and could go higher. They also allow you to bring bars closer to you and are highly adjustable for any position. You would need to replace brake lines and cables. I live in Lynnwood, you are welcome to come check them out if you want.
    If I get out to Seattle in a year or two I would love to sit on your bike and check out the convertibars!
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    When I rode a Harley with highway pegs, my back bothered me. The bird seems to put me in a good posture. It seems to correct my posture and sooth any back ache. When your legs and feet are under you, as opposed to out in front of you, this should take strain off the back. Just a different perspective...
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    Re: What do I need to convert my Bird to a tourer for 5'7 me?

    The Bird is in the shop at Optimum Performance in Kirkland, WA, and I'm nervous as heck.

    JAWS Straight Bar conversion
    Heated grips
    JAWS Peg lowering kit

    I'm sure my wife is more excited than I am so I stop complaining (and spending money)
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    Re: What do I need to convert my Bird to a tourer for 5'7 me?

    Welcome Warlord! Great to see another bird from the hood!My touring comfort and all around dialing in came from the advice from the pros here. Look forward to hearing about your conversions! I have helibars and added two of the clip on wrist supports. Had mountain bike type grips for a while. 1st two seasons I tried stiff arm and finally gave in to full forward ride supported on my tank bags. After research and reviews got the MRA varible and good to any speed. IMG_3093.JPGIMG_3095.JPGIMG_7292.JPGBeing the first bike to really feel "one" with , I use the Destination Highways maps to find the twisties. Turned over 60,000 miles this last summer on a 8 state 4000 mile trip. All great! My largest difference has been helping her shed 50lbs.
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    Re: What do I need to convert my Bird to a tourer for 5'7 me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetfire View Post
    Welcome Warlord! Great to see another bird from the hood!My touring comfort and all around dialing in came from the advice from the pros here. Look forward to hearing about your conversions! I have helibars and added two of the clip on wrist supports. Had mountain bike type grips for a while. 1st two seasons I tried stiff arm and finally gave in to full forward ride supported on my tank bags. After research and reviews got the MRA varible and good to any speed. IMG_3093.JPGIMG_3095.JPGIMG_7292.JPGBeing the first bike to really feel "one" with , I use the Destination Highways maps to find the twisties. Turned over 60,000 miles this last summer on a 8 state 4000 mile trip. All great! My largest difference has been helping her shed 50lbs.
    Good to hear from you Jetfire...

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    Re: What do I need to convert my Bird to a tourer for 5'7 me?

    Got the bird back. The straight bars definitely help my back. I'm still relearning how to shift and brake with the peg lowering, but I'll figure it out. My biggest complaint is cost. As I am a pretty busy family guy, I took it to a shop to have all of the work done. All in, including parts... nearly $1,800. Granted, I also had my bike gone through, but holy cow. Really hoping I don't regret not just buying a different bike.


 
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