i really love cruising; sitting up, leaning back and putting my feet up on the forwards and just scooting.
i can tuck in when i want to go balls out but it really puts me in an awkward, folded up position and is really hard on the wrists. it's good only for short bursts.
so - the next step is to come up with race trim for salt and strip but the requirement is that it fits on the bike in such a way that it can be swapped out for cruise trim in an hour or so.
the primary components involved are:
- bars/hand controls
- foot controls
for bars i was considering some clipons below the top plate but the Woodcraft clamps that maru turned me onto are pretty pricey and i am growing old waiting for some used 50mm woodcraft clamps to come up on ebay.
so, the next logical move was to pick up a stock hayabusa top plate, which is basically clip-on mounts, and if you are following the build you know i am running a complete hayabusa front end so it bolts right on. got this one for $20.
i picked up some 1" aluminum stock from IMS and jason stopped what he was doing (makin money
) one morning and spent an hour turning the ends down to 7/8" and notching them.
i had to butcher them with a flap wheel to add dimples and then hit the exposed parts with scotchbrite wheel
i have been using my old 9/16" master cylinder with the dual 6 pot tokiko calipers and i was able to get full compression but it took 9/10 of the stroke and was a little soft. not terribly comforting, so a while back i ordered an 11/16" MC for dual brake harleys and have mounted it. haven't bled it yet but i expect it to be significantly better.
i used all of my existing cables and lines because, as stated, i want this to be a quick change convertible setup. that and i am damn broke.
what a difference!
now i am really glad i did not get the clipons. the stock busa setup is perfectly suited to the geometry of my chop.
the lean is pretty comfortable but i will have to get used to putting weight on my arms but the sweet spot is just laying forward a few inches and being flat on the tank, elbows tucked in with hands on the controls very very comfortably.
i am amazed at how comfortable it is. ergonomically anyway. heat control is going to be an issue, as it always has been, but i figure i will be wearing leather most of the time the bike is trimmed out for racing.
i think this was a real cheap and easy WIN!