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    Ricky Bars ala R1150R

    Some of you may be familiar with Ricardo Kuhn's Pro Taper or Renthal bar conversion kits for R11/1150GSs.

    He's recently introduced a version for Roadsters and Rocksters. Tina's bike didn't fit her too well, as it was kind of a reach to the bars for her. Ricky's bars seemed like the way to go, so we stuck a pair on her bike.

    Here's the before picture.

    It's kind of a reach...

    Here's the after picture.


    Compare the stock setup here:


    With the Renthal and Ricky setup:

    The holes on the top are for a GPS mount and some other accessories he's working on.


    Industrial strength and very pretty to look at. Bars are available in silver, gray, black and gold. I think the black works with the black bike pretty well.

    So, how does it work?

    The clamps are beautifully made and the ability to fit different bars is an awesome opportunity.

    I rode Tina's bike yesterday (she was working on a paper for school) and the bars put me into a position that was much more natural. The bars felt more connected to the front end of the bike and seemed to vibrate somewhat less. Mirrors were slightly blurred at some rpm range, but not so badly that I couldn't see what was behind me.

    I'm the kind of guy that thinks I don't necessarily need a bigger hammer, I just need a hammer that fits my hand better. Ricky bars allowed us to fit the bike to Tina. She'll take it for a ride next weekend and she can offer up her own impressions. Looking at her on the bike, though, it looks like she'll finally have a motorcycle that fits her. .

    I give Ricky Bars: out of 5 possible.
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    let me explain something here

    first the bars are 1'1/8' in diameter as oppose to be 7/8" or 22MM like the bmw are.. they are made of a really strong but resilient aluminum alloy that makes them years stronger, they also feature great shock absorption, ,not that necessary on the R1150R also is a detriment in harmonic vibration build up,, again more noticeable on the GS with the cross bar...

    another thing is that the mounts are more "compensators" than "risers" do to the BMW bars being Taller, is necessary to lift and move back the "Fat bars" to achieve the "point of departure" and then i can select lower, higher, forward ,backward. any way you get the idea

    On tina's case reach was a issue, but each client is treated on a specific case bases, taking in consideration many factors, not only biomechanical ,ergonomic and anthropometric, ,but riding style desire and all the different characteristics..

    .in summitry.
    this are more or less Taylor made Bars for your needs.

    many times can be lower, or forward,, or much higher that tina's if the need arise...

    is about 18 models of bars available plus two "positions" on the clamps(Up and back, using spacer) choices rendering about 30 possible permutations(some of them give the same end result,, so i don't count them 2 times)

    I hope this is not view as :Spam I just want to clarified a few points

    thanks and sorry for the Ingles

    ricky
    Last edited by ricardo kuhn; 10-13-2003 at 07:01 PM.

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    Neat shelves in the background

    Geez,
    What neat and tidy shelves are in the background in a couple of the shots with Ms K on her purdy roadster.
    As the Chinese guy Confusion once said: "Tidy shelves indicate messy mind."
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    Ha! You ought to see the rest of that garage....

    The camping stuff is an absolute mess, I'm sorry to report and my workbench looks like a bomb went off on it.

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    The hamper is full too. I have a 1996 R850R, with the funky bars on it. I also have the stock BMW optional windscreen. The mounts for the screen attach to the bars right at the controls, and I am truly bummed that I cannot move my bars back and up to facilitate a more natural and comfortable riding position. I will be more than happy to take photos and measurements if someone can think of an elegant and practical solution to my bar movement problem. I like the windscreen, and really dont want to ride this time of year without it.
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    Originally posted by lorazepam
    The hamper is full too.
    I have a plentiful rag supply.

    Dave Swider
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    Moving from a house after living there 15 years, to a one bedroom apt surely put a cramp on my storage situation. I wish I had the luxury of a hamper full of rags
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    So far is Nine R1150R happy campers

    riding around with less pain and more confort

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    I can add a vote to that.

    They're awesome.



    totally cool to look at too.....
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    another bike

    this time the person is about 6" tall and like to ride fast,speciailly on twisty stuff


    kind of front view


    another one


    view from the "Bottom"


    tank bag clearance,,no big deal

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    Those black clamps look awesome!

    Dave Swider
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    No fair!! I want to see the Taj Mahal trio, you west coast guys are so lucky.
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    Originally posted by lorazepam
    No fair!! I want to see the Taj Mahal trio, you west coast guys are so lucky.
    sorry that I did not get at all..

    maybe is just a "private Joke"

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    Originally posted by lorazepam
    No fair!! I want to see the Taj Mahal trio, you west coast guys are so lucky.


    Ricky,

    take a look at this pic a little closer....

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    Originally posted by knary


    Ricky,

    take a look at this pic a little closer....
    Oh man you are so Smart,,that "Tree" is being in front of my house for a long time,,,and "shed" leaves all the time,,I tend not to look, because I don't have the means for "entretaiment"..

    One thing is for sure at any given day is at least some great cultural activity happned around there I live, not to mension Museums,independent Movies,theather,any thing that "float you boat"

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