Kawasaki ZX-10R Forum banner

1 - 20 of 20 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Soo.. I love this Gen 5 zx10r but damn those bars are uncomfortable as fuck and I wish I could ride for longer do you guys know of any confortable handle bars I could buy for my zx10r 2016? Or something like bar risers if so do I have to like cut the fairings or something that'd suck..
 

·
Registered
2018 ZX10R SE
Joined
·
1,008 Posts
you can move the clip ons above the triple tree mount if you want, it will give you a little more height, have not done it but have seen it on another bike so not sure how much effort it will take. aside from that there are bar risers but that will mess with the overall feel of the bike. stomp grips and change of seating position help a ton
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
If you move the clip ons above the triple, it is a substantial drop and it will dramatically change your fork rake and handling - not for the better. You will run the risk of putting your front tire into the radiator under hard braking if there isn’t enough clearance.
Unfortunately, the gen 5 zx10r won’t accept normal riser clip ons, due to the electronic steering damper being in the way.
Check out Helibars if you must have more rise. They make bars for this bike that will provide a 1.5” rise and pull the sweep back by 7degrees - they are your most viable option.
Hope that helps.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
21 Posts
Yea thats pretty terrible advice, dropping the front end a couple inches. I imagine anything gained in bar height would be terribly outweighed by the angle and poor handling of that setup.

I hate to be the one to say it, but get a Ninja 1000.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
261 Posts
Unfortunately, the gen 5 zx10r won’t accept normal riser clip ons, due to the electronic steering damper being in the way.
while i agree that for the OP the solution is not to lower his bike just for a bar raise, but wanted to point out that the stock steering damper is not an issue for guys who lower their bike due to this kit (or you can DIY like i did, just need a coupl eof the right size bolts and some steel pipe cut to the right lengths).

https://brocksperformance.com/steering-damper-riser-kit-ninja-h2-15-19-zx-10r-11-15/






the other alternative is to switch to GPR steering damper which doesnt interfere with the fork tubes at all, and supposedly a superior damper compared to the stocker

https://www.gprstabilizer.com/products/gpr-v4s-street-bike-stabilizer-kits/



 

·
Registered
Joined
·
406 Posts
Google "ABM Multiclip Tour"
High quality, adjustable every way, including moving backwards while leaving angles same.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
55 Posts
You might want to get a Ninja Z1000 if you want a comfortable motorcycle. The ZX10R is one of the most comfortable Sports Bikes available. Remember it's a Liter Race Bike, they are not made for comfort. But I've ridden my 5th Gen from Michigan to Pittsburgh back to Michigan in one day about 600 miles
(8-9 hours). I adjusted my handle bars out slightly when I first took delivery to relieve stress on my wrist. And I adjust the suspension softer for better riding when going longer distances. The fuel tank grip tape works great too.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
68 Posts
I've got these: https://www.apexmfg.com/all-products/product/view/11/172

With the standoff/clamp/vertical post you can set the bars as if they were mounted above the triple clamps without actually changing the location of the triple clamps. Only gripe is there is almost too much adjustment available and they can take quite a while to get just right, but with all that adjustability you can really customize it to exactly what you want and when it's there it sure feels good.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
you can move the clip ons above the triple tree mount if you want, it will give you a little more height, have not done it but have seen it on another bike so not sure how much effort it will take. aside from that there are bar risers but that will mess with the overall feel of the bike. stomp grips and change of seating position help a ton
Terrible advice here.
 

·
Registered
2018 ZX10R SE
Joined
·
1,008 Posts
advise? not sure what part of the actual advise which consisted only of stomp grips and seating position would be terrible. The part about moving the clip ons above the triple tree clamp deal isn't advice just an option, like I stated, I have never done it so have no clue how easy or feasible it is but the 3 people I have seen rocking it had zero issues with it. the bar risers are a legit product but not something I would ever use. If I couldn't stand the way my weight was resting on my wrists one of which I shattered last December I would do exactly what I did, buy a good adjustable rear set so that the way my weight is positioned on the bike is different and maybe get wrist braces which I used for all of a week. more a pain in the ass than they are worth. what ended up helping for me is my seating position ie...where I kept my ass on the seat and how I use the tank to rest my upper body. I regularly ride my gen 5 for more than 4 hours a day and at least 1.5 hours 2 times a day without even thinking about a break. have ridden it over 700 miles in a day on a road trip. the only thing killing me was my ass. Have since purchased a saddelmans seat and problem solved. Still instead of interjecting terrible advise how about at least saying why you feel that way or hey, giving your own advice.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
734 Posts
Two possible solutions..... handlebar kit, or zero offset clip ons.
I have the zero offset clipons that relocate the bars about and inch closer to the rider. The ones where the bars thread into the clipon mount.

Much more comfortable. You can also get them in risers.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
734 Posts
Note that any amount of rise requires a mod to the brake reservoir as it will hit the bodywork.
 

·
Registered
2016 ZX10R KRT
Joined
·
34 Posts
Agree with the zero offset clip ons suggestion. I use Attack Performance zero offset clip ons on my GEN 5 and they are bomb. They move the bars back slightly, but also raise the angle to 7 degrees. I found the handling to be much better, and helped to put me into a better seating position (also have Vortex rear sets).
The Heli bars are a viable option for the street, etc. I am 56 years old and have a bad back and have used them on my street bike. Noticeably more comfortable than stock, but I would not prefer them on the track.
The other issue is that the Helibars are shorter than clip ons (as are stock) and you have to use 15mm grips vs 125mm and there is no room to play to add a remote adjuster, etc. I used the Renthal dual compounds in this case and they rock.
The AP zero offsets were perfect for me and gave the best combination of comfort and handling. Highly recommend for handling, regardless of comfort issues.
 

·
The Pace
Joined
·
7,042 Posts
Soo.. I love this Gen 5 zx10r but damn those bars are uncomfortable as fuck and I wish I could ride for longer do you guys know of any confortable handle bars I could buy for my zx10r 2016? Or something like bar risers if so do I have to like cut the fairings or something that'd suck..
our bike has grips, not bars. You have to place chest on the tank and relax. Please read Code's TWII book a zillion times and it will slowly sink into your unconsciousness as you practice. I so hope that this is your first real bike.
 

·
Registered
2018 ZX10R SE
Joined
·
1,008 Posts
our bike has grips, not bars. You have to place chest on the tank and relax. Please read Code's TWII book a zillion times and it will slowly sink into your unconsciousness as you practice. I so hope that this is your first real bike.
To be fair, the clip ons which he has been calling bars are tubular aluminum stock albeit straight, and normal handle bars are also tubular aluminum and are called bars, the grips are just the part of the clip ons that you put your hands. Not arguing with you just trying to keep it real and not get on people for something as dumb as mislabeled components when even when mislabeled everyone here knows exactly what is being talked about.
 

·
Registered
2018 ZX10R SE
Joined
·
1,008 Posts
Yea thats pretty terrible advice, dropping the front end a couple inches. I imagine anything gained in bar height would be terribly outweighed by the angle and poor handling of that setup.

I hate to be the one to say it, but get a Ninja 1000.
You know, I wish I had seen this reply right after it was posted but if people would take the time to read what I wrote, I never advised anyone to do anything at all, I gave options as that was what was asked for, I also said I have never done it and only seen it done, didn't know what all would be involved and the. Moved on to other options. Still, it was not advice but simply an single option for the op, I would hope that he would have read it through prior to trying it out and at the same time want him to be aware that if all else fails and he doesn't get a bike more suited to his desired riding posture that he was at least aware of it. Never once did I say hey this is what you should do. Or can you see something I cant
 
1 - 20 of 20 Posts
Top