In preparation for my upcoming cross-country road trip, I've been doing whatever I can to improve the ergonomics of my Daytona. For less than 200 mile rides, I can put up with some pretty agressive ergonomics. The Daytona in stock form while agressive, is still remarkably comfortable. However, the highway has a way of highlighting any ergo shortcomings. The reach to the bars was just enough, that I could tell the shoulder on my throttle hand would start to complain after a few hours on the super-slab.

Skyking again provides a solution: bar risers. These replace the stock clip-ons, thereby raising the bars by 1.75″ and angling them up a bit too. When I took them out of the box, I a bit concerned about their asthetic impact on the bike. They are substantially bigger/squarer than the stock clip-ons. However once installed, and festooned with grips, levers, and assorted wiring, they blended in nicely. (Oh yeah, installation was easy… about 30 minutes start to finish.)

Around town and on the highway is where the bars really make a difference. They just make the bike fit better. I'm able to sit a little more upright, without having to rotate my shoulder forward. There are some drawbacks though… at full lock the bars get very close to the windscreen… you need to move your grip towards the end of the bars to keep your knucles from touching. About the only time you'll see full lock (hopefully) is at 2mph or less, so it's not that big of a deal. In the twisties, I've found the turn-in to be a little slower. I think this is because the bars shift my weight back just a bit. Or maybe it's because my weight is no longer assisting my steering inputs. Either way, I think by adjusting the forks in the triple clamp, for a slightly steeper steering angle, I can tune in a little faster steering.

The full-lock issue, and the wimpy feeling of making a modification for comfort's sake are the only things keeping me from being 100% happy with the change. My rational side tells me that I'll log way more saddle time thanks to a more comfortable ride, and ulitmately that's what it's all about. My Mountain Dew side, says “more extreme = better, dude.” Although, I'm sure after a 10 hour day, my Mnt Dew side will be perfectly happy with the change.