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July 2nd, 2004, 02:35 PM   #1
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Handle bar location

I noticed the bar clamps are reversable on my berg.It is not
much offset,unlike my KTM that had two mounting positions.The
bars are in the rearward position,behind the centerline of the fork tubes.
Where do these bergs like their bars?Will I notice any difference
besides being a little less cramped?
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July 2nd, 2004, 02:52 PM   #2
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My FE650 is setup for SM racing.
I dropped the forks 1 notch and put the bars to the front position and the bike lost the "speed wobble" it had under hard acceleration



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July 2nd, 2004, 03:28 PM   #3
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i have tried 2" spacers, 1" and none as well as back and forward. in the end the best change i made was to take 1" off the each end of the bars and then have no spacers, put the bars forward on their mounts but ROLL THE BARS RACKWARDS. this is because for me, the heels of my hands were taking a lot of stick as the bars don't match the shape of my palms.

i need drop-nose bars like the flat trackers. that's not a complaint though.

the bars are now good in the woods.

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July 2nd, 2004, 04:27 PM   #4
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With the steering damper high speed stability is great.
In slower corners when the ground is sandy or loose
the front end has a tendancy to try and tuck under,
turn too sharp and try to high side me.My KTM used
to push the front end a little and I got used to brake
steering it.I am still trying to adjust to the handling
differences,plus this is my first fourstroke dirtbike.
At my age it might be hard to teach an old dog new tricks.
I still have a hard time remembering the old ones.
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July 3rd, 2004, 09:20 PM   #5
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Tim,
Have you tried riding the bike without the dampener? I run the bars on both my bikes with the GPR mounts but no stabilizer. I gives it about 2" of rise. I have never felt a need for using a stabilizer. Also on a big 4 stroke you want to carry throttle through your turns, never chop the throttle going into or in the turn or else you get the results you describe.
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July 4th, 2004, 12:03 AM   #6
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The position of the bar mounts is dependent on the rider. If you are tall or have long arms like me, then forward is preferred.
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July 4th, 2004, 08:00 AM   #7
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After checking my damper, I have been riding without one.
The steering changed last time out.A little imprecision at
speed and a lot of deflection on roots etc.I am going to
rebuild the damper,the bike was much better when it was
working.Chopping the throttle does upset the bike a lot more
than a two stroke.Other than estart,I don't see much if any
advantage this bike has over my old KTM 300exc.I like the
six speed trans. but I wish the bike was lighter.It is still the
best thumper I have ridden.I have had no major mechanical
problems,and the maintenance is not that hard.I do like
the looks it gets at the parking lot.Maybe I need some kind
of exotic two stroke.I don't see myself ever being able to
go back to a Japanese dirt bike,like Harley's and belly buttons,
everybody's got one.
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July 4th, 2004, 09:30 AM   #8
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Well you can't really knock the late model 300EXC, that and AF500's seem to be the weapons of choice for the fast trail riders out here.
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July 5th, 2004, 11:03 PM   #9
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Played with the bar location a little.It steers easier with them
rearward,I think it makes me sit farther back.I tried moving
back a little more and it handled the sand better.Unfortunatly
there isn't as much padding back there.KTM must have designed
the seat.The steering reminds me of the early cr250 hondas,I had a
different seat location for each type of turn.The front end doesn't
push on hard pack like that Honda did though.
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