View Full Version : Traking a bike with handle bars

08-07-2013, 05:32 PM
I keep switching back and forth as to what bike I really want. I've been on a Ducati 900 Supersport for some time now. The last 4 bikes I've owned were that same model. Now, I wanted something different and I found Aprilia. I'm now hooked. The kind of riding I mostly do is the streets of NYC and the surrounding areas for what scant twisties I can find. The 900SS did that and was relatively comfortable for that. I have also taken the bike to the track and wanted to do that more often. Recently, I crashed and the 900SS is totaled.

Everything says that the Tuono is the right choice for me, but I can't get over the sexiness of the RSVR 1000R. I like riding with a lot of body english and getting my outside elbows wrapped around the tank. I can't imagine track riding or twisty riding with a handle bar. I imagine that the handle bars would provide too much input when at full lean. Is this not true? Also, it is practical to say that I can put clip-ons onto the bike and swap them out to handlebars every now and then?

08-08-2013, 04:40 PM
Swapping out bars for clip ons and back won't work. Cable and fairing clearance issues. I think I read here someone installing clip ons on a T but I think once you do it, you're committed.

A lot of people like the Rizoma bars. http://www.af1racing.com/store/Scripts/prodView.asp?idProduct=7997

08-09-2013, 04:31 AM
Personally I am thinking of fitting clipons just to try how that feels/looks on a Tuono.

I cannot see any problem when fitting clipons as long as you use stock clipons and an RSV top triple. Cables might be a bit too long but I think it should work.

08-09-2013, 08:44 AM
for me, an OLD MX'r, racing BS[before suspension], my old back doesn't like clip-on's...i need REAL handlebars..i had Tuono bars on both of my SV's, tracked 'um both and loved every minute!! much eaiser to 'throw the thing around' with real bars...you can still tuck up a bunch, left hand on the upper fork ala Mile dirt racers for 'areo' effect...real bars make it fun to transition from side to side [Dragon and such].. yeah, sometimes your're nuttin but a big ass sail, but...

Putnam Park, turn 10...


08-09-2013, 08:47 AM
and get lower...as you may notice...i don't 'hang off', lean into it yes...


08-09-2013, 09:28 AM
Awesome pics! Looks fun as hell. Those Rizomas look very interesting too. Seems like the best of both worlds.

08-09-2013, 11:52 AM
Hanging off works fine. See avatar :cheers:

08-12-2013, 01:58 AM
and get lower...as you may notice...i don't 'hang off', lean into it yes...

I tried the 'just lean off' bit and got 'bit', lol. Luckily only broke a rib, bike repairs were sub $1k. Washed out the rear.