The handlebars are the overlooked part of a motorcycle. Well, the steering wheel and the steering wheel. Previously, it seemed that special advantages could be obtained by its shape, length and metal alloy. In fact, it was the long and the shape that solved the main problems with ease of control. The heavier the motorcycle, the longer the fork, the wider and more reliable the handlebars should be.
On fast and short models, it makes no sense to put a massive handlebar, wide, it will not contribute to the necessary recumbent position. Home-grown craftsmen often adjusted the desired length with the help of a grinder, now the choice is large and such radical measures are unnecessary.
Over time, the design of the handlebars on some motorcycles has been replaced by the clip-on system. From that moment on, our world will no longer be the same, as well as the concept of the rudder itself.
Clip-ons are a composite system of a handle, which is attached at one end by means of brackets to a traverse. The position of the attachment is very important.
On sport bikes, the clip-ons will be installed under the traverse, so it will be more convenient for the pilot to control the motorcycle in the standard sportbike fit due to the low position of the clip-ons.
If you attach the clips to the traverse from above, then the landing will be closer to urban and tourist ones due to the additional height.
What is the benefit of putting on clips?
It’s no secret that there is a large selection of motorcycles with clip-ons already from the factory. Usually these are sports models, but this does not prevent owners of a one-piece steering wheel from looking closely at the installation of clip-ons.
Initially, stock clip-ons are very limited in regulation, and to be honest, practical ones are not regulated at all, although for a Russian person, ingenuity and scrap there is no concept of “impossible”.
In case of a serious fall, a normal steering wheel can really bend. If it is replaced, then this causes a rather lengthy procedure for finding a stock substitute and reinstalling cables, handles and similar adjacent parts on both sides. Even if you find a way to straighten the steering wheel to its original position, you will have to remove everything from it to remove it.
When you have clip-ons on your motorcycle, even if you broke one part of it in the fall, you still have the hope of finding an alternative and notice only one side, and not the entire structure.
A case from my life when two of my friends got into a serious accident. We drove in two, the road was bad, they were skidded and thrown out of the bend. The motorcycle flew sideways into the pit and left there half of the clip-on with a cable and throttle trigger. The humor is that the accident happened far from the city, calling a tow truck meant waiting for 7-8 hours. The motorcycle survived, and so did the guys. Those, without hesitation, decided to go for help themselves. The driver steered with the remnants of the clipon and the left half, and the passenger squeezed the trigger, since the cable did not break and the motorcycle still responded to the commands. So with grief in half, they got to the nearest residential area. There they found a metal tube of the required diameter and, as far as possible, restored the broken part. Cheap and cheerful, it works.
Installing tuned clips is the choice of urban riders. They are good in adjustment possibilities. In addition, the clip-ons give the bike an interesting look, usually aggressive. For long trips and choppers, they are rarely used. A regular handlebar provides the convenience of a straight ride and allows for comfortable handling of a long fork and a heavy wheel.
Klipon is an arsenal of original, maneuverable, urban motorcycles.