Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Bryan/College Station Tx
Riding comfort on my '99 Ducati Supersport improved quite a bit after installing Heli-bars. I routinely ride 200 to 300 miles on my weekend rides now without too much strain whereas before, those distances were almost intolerable. With the stock clip-ons I felt like I was locked into one position all the time but the Heli-bars allow me to move around and spread the workload to different muscle groups. It wasn't a radical change in bar position and the handling actually seems to have been improved a bit by the extra 2" in overall bar width - the Duc steers kind of slow so the extra leverage helps. It took me about 2 hours to swap them on and make all the adjustments to the levers. Any downside? The brackets on my remote reservoirs needed a little tweaking to clear the inside of the fairing which took all of 5 minutes. Other than that, the only thing I can think of is that they don't look very trick, but it's a very worthwhile trade-off.
At my age, there's not much left to learn the hard way...