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Did any of you change to a slightly lower handlebar on the ZR7? I just removed the left handgrip and will go to the motorcycle shop today to get a lower one. I don't want a drag bar but a slightly lower bar I beleive will give a sportier feel. Anyone's advice on this? I thought it would be harder to get that left grip off or I would have done the change before now. Kim
 

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Kim, I'm going to install Holeshot's bar. It should be lower, and further forward. I've turned stock bars down to about an inch from tank on full turn. It's OK, but the bars turn too much and cause wrists to hurt after a while. I've seen at ,I believe Wildhair ? different color aluminum bars. They look all the world for the Hole shot bar. Not sure of actual dimention, but the blue alumminum looked really cool.
I love the "drag" look a low bar gives the bike. Have you seen that clubman bar someone was installing ? Wild ! I like the forward lean ridding position, but that clubman would be too much for me. I feel more in control with a lower forward position.
Tony.
 

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Hey Jarel, I was looking at your bars and really like them....but, I'm wondering about the 7s. Do you know of anyone whose tried them on the "s" model? I'd love to see some pictures. It looks like clip ons for the s would be quite a challenge, so I'm looking more at "drag bars" than clip ons......

What do ya think? How does it change handling, etc. I know it's a much more aggressive riding position...does that bug ya, or feel good?????

Thanks
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Are they clip ons, or just straight like drag bars? I'm 5'5 so it would probably be good for me.....I'm just wondering if the riding position would get to me after a while???

We ride for really long times......usually at least 4 hours everytime we get on the bikes (except for going to work).

Can you tell me what kind of bars they are and where you got them?
 

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I like the riding position with the Holeshot bars. It's a little more of a forward lean than the stock bars (nothing like the clip-ons though, right Cooter!), and I feel more in control in corners. I'd say that the long-range comfort is a little less than the stock bars because it puts a little more strain on your lower back after and hour or so.
 

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Thanks Jarel. I'm going to go out Tuesday (all our bike stores are closed on Mondays) and find me a set of these bars to try out.

My husband brought up that I'll lose my bar ends that I have on the stock bars.....is there a significant difference in vibration, or should I just get a bar snake, or silicone?? What has your experience been with the vibration?

I think I'm going to like it.....it's not an expensive thing to try....I just can't stop tinkering with this bike....it's becoming an obsession! :eek: oh well, at least it's a FUN obsession! :)
 

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Bar ends

If you have a ZR-7S just buy a cheap pair of bars ends ($8-12), take the rubber bar inserts with screws and use them to mount the stock ZR-7S bar weights to your new bars.:smilewink
 

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Zr7chic,

The bar ends make a world of difference when it comes to handle bar vibration. If you remove them the bars vibrate like a Harley.

The stock bar ends each weight .55 LBS. They are a nice design in that they mount solid to the bars but are floating on a rubber bushing.

I wonder if the after-market ones work as well to reduce the vibration.

Andy 2001 ZR-7S
 

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I don't know if alot more would help, but I think it could probably take a little. If you're going to change weights, go heavier. I put a set of dual sport weights on just to see the difference. There was improvement, but not enough to go out and spend the money for another set of weights if you didn't need to.
 

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Dragging thread back up

Did any of the 7S owners go to the Holeshot bars like Jarel did? I am curious about the fairing clearance and if anyone had pictures. Any info is appreciated.
 

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Hello Notime, I insalled the Holeshot Superbike bars but I have the unfaired 2000 model. They are better than stock handlebars in my opinion. You would have to drill two holes for the switchs. There is a dowel that sticks out of the switch cluster to keep them from rolling around. Not alot lower than stock you still have a decent riding position. Handleing is improved I would say. If you get a set let me no how you like them. The hardest part is geting the grips off and on. I stuck a butter knife handle under the grip while turning back and forth it gets easier the more you can pry the handle under it. I had them off twice and they still work like new. To put them back on I used a small amount of dishwashing liquid but not too much or the grip will turn on the bar easily. A small amount dries quicker and the grip stays put. Just be ready to force the grip on quickly. In any case you can always take it back off and try again but believe me my hands were sore so less atemps are prefered. Maybe someone else has a different method for the grips but this worked for me. Oh the throttle grip comes off no problem. Good Luck! Kim:cool:
 

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for taking grips off easily slide a narrow screwdriver under the end of the grip and push it in as far as possible. then squirt a little water in there and twist the grip abit. remove the screwdriver and it should come off easily.

to put grips on make sure the inside of the grips and the bar surfaces are clan and dry. then spray some hair spray inside the grip. use enough to get the grip on easily. let them dry for AT LEAST 24 hours. the liquid lubricates the surface for installation and when it evaporates the hair spray helps glue it in place.

this works for bicycle grips too.

scott :)
 

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I use rubbing alcohol to lubricate the grips. They'll slide right off or on easily if you wet the inside of the grip and bar with the alcohol, and it evaporates in minutes so there's no 24 hour waiting period. It's an old trick I use for regripping golf clubs as well.
 

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OK dude ..I have 7S and I bought some bars like the holeshot bars but these were only a 1.5 " lower than stock and slightly more foward. And to tell you the truth they sucked ...... and I'm 6'2"(34-35 arm length) and I found myself riding the tank with the corbin seat installed ......thats because the corbin sits you lower. I used my 7s weights........I made a small compression fitting with 2 washers, a nut, a rubber bushing and a slightly longer weight bolt.The holeshot's might work with the stock seat ....but isn't that one of the reasons you bought the ZR-7S in the first place ,because of the comfortable riding position.
 

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Re: Holeshot bars

I have a '00 with a Corbin and the Holeshot bar. I'm 5'10'' and perfectly comfy with the lower bar. At speed the forward lean is more comfortable than the more upright position forced by the stock bar. Also, the wind removes most of the weight from my wrists. In traffic at slower speeds I've learned to carry my weight with my legs and lower back. It took some effort at first but I find I can now scoot around town with a minimal amount of pressure on my wrists--it just takes a little while for your lower-back muscles to adapt. And in the twisties the lower bar is so much better than the stock one. Plus, the black color is better looking than the stock chrome, if I may say so.
--Tim
 
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