Hey guys, got my street 750 not so long ago (14th June). Was waiting for the mods to be installed before writing a sitrep, hence the delay.
Stock Motorcycle Verdict :
Not gonna prolong that which is already known, so in one word - Sweet
. Very comfortable (am very short at 5'5"). Minor problems - difficulty finding neutral when engine is running. Am being told this is a common complaint. Gets hot too. Overall - love it.
Modified Motorcycle Verdict : Absolute Sh*t!
I created a monster, an old fashioned bad monster. Nothing good about it. Except for looks.
Clubman handlebar, bar-end round flipped mirrors. Everything else is stock - stock risers, grips...everything.
Modified Street Review :
The clubmans can't be made to point completely downwards for the lack for a higher riser. Without high risers, the controls will bang against the tank. Hence they are at an angle. Since I am a short fellow, having the bars at a forward angle makes the task of reaching for it quite a long stretch. The handlebars are almost in the same position and angle as clip-ons would be.
Having them low makes me throw quite a bit of my body weight on it when leaning. The angle of the bar amplifies that. What I got was something which looked like a cafe-racer, but uncomfortable. Very. It is difficult to realize this just by checking your new stance while installing the bar. The first 15 minutes of a 45 minute ride proved enough to form my opinion on this.
The weight thrown on the handlebar combined with the effort needed to reach for it, created an ultra sensitive steering. The stability of the bike is completely gone. It tends to wobble with the slightest steer, in contrast to the stock handlebar, which made the ride very stable and balanced and which used to feel like "the bike wants to go forward" and "not bend sideways and fall down". On top of the sensitive steering, the constant strain on the wrist and forearm makes it very difficult to make small movements and quick maneuvers. This increases with time, rapidly.
The round bar end mirrors are pretty average in their functionality. So far I have only had them flipped. And they are pretty useless. My forearm comes in between my line of sight of the mirror. Either this or limit my rear view with an awkward mirror angle, or reduce the maximum angle I can turn the vehicle by having the mirrors bang the tank. Just for flipped position. The upright mirrors might feel better. So far, their presence is same as non-existent.
I guess I will have to go back on almost everything and get the stock handlebar installed. Will do it tomorrow. Talk about a waste of 4 hours and 100 dollars.
Pics - Low light conditions and mobile camera. Sry about that..Street 750 Clubman