Back, Shoulder and Elbow Relief
I sold my '04 the other day and immediately invested the proceeds into a new '06. Sweet ride...black with full Akrapovic, H.I.D. lighting, smoke screen, Kevlar brake lines, pad upgrade, etc. I am delighted with the new bike, especially the mid range power and shifting performance compared to the '04.
I do have one gripe though... The reach seems a bit farther to the bars than my '04. I looked at it in more detail and I think I now know the reason. The mounting bracket for the steering dampener forces the right clip-on to be approx. 7/16 in. from the underside of the top triple clamp. The left clip-on has a boss cast into the triple clamp to equal the distance of the right side.
My question is this: Do you think I could grind away the tang on the clip-on castings that mount on the steering dampener bracket (rt. side) and boss (left side), and slide the clip ons up flush with the bottom of the triple clamp? I realize I will need to mark their position on the triple clamp as the clip-ons will only be retained with the the one large allen bolt. Is ths bolt enought to keep the bars tight on the fork tube? Again, I'm assuming I'll be able to reference the proper location of the bars with marks on the triple clamp and bars. I think this should work as I don't think race bikes have another bolt going into the underside of the triple clamp.
I feel if I had just this 7/16th back my shoulders and arms, particualrly elbows will be much happier! I don't want to go the route of adjustable clip-ons, etc. as I don't want to spend the money and I'm not crazy about the looks of that set up.