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Hello everyone,

I’ve been kicking around this idea the more I ride my ZX6R (new owner). I bought this bike with the intentions of it being converted to a track only bike. But the more I ride it and get used to it the more I am falling in love with it and the ZX6R platform. I bought this bike new and love the looks and just overall feel and performance. But overall for long trips more than an hour being a super sport I have to take breaks every like hour to hour and a half.

It got me thinking that if the clip one were raised to more of the height of Aprilia Tuono the bike might be just as comfortable but far cheaper maintenance. It would be sacrificing some performance track wise but I was curious how much would it affect it? As I have seen people do it.

Since my cousin offered to sell me his old ZX6R for cheap (not best condition though). For shits and giggles I’ve checked marketplace and realize I could find a higher mileage use one to fully dedicate to track use. While making my current one more comfortable for longer trips.

I have past experience racing cars legitimately but will admit bikes are a new and exciting chapter for me. Was hoping to get some opinions and possible experience with this idea.

Thanks ahead of time for any feedback positive or negative with this idea.
 

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I too think the handlebar position is a bit too aggressive (on my '07). Adding grip puppies helped a bit. I'd thought about moving the clip-ons above the triple tree (after lowering the front enough to do that) but it looks to me like that will create an interference with the fairings so I'm not sure there is a good solution.
 

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I too think the handlebar position is a bit too aggressive (on my '07). Adding grip puppies helped a bit. I'd thought about moving the clip-ons above the triple tree (after lowering the front enough to do that) but it looks to me like that will create an interference with the fairings so I'm not sure there is a good solution.
Yea all and all if it ends up severely affecting function and performance then I wouldn’t do it. I know stunting guys do it all the time but that’s not what I’m going for with this bike. Also as cool as stunting is and as much as I enjoy watching it. Do not have the urge to do it.

Wondering if anyone has raised up the handle bars to sport touring level and has taken it to a track day. Really feel it wouldn’t make much of difference as some bikes like the Tuono are laid out like that. But then again every chassis is different so it could potentially not handle at all as I think it would.

Just would be cool because man I love this bike and I know a Ninja 1000 would handle fine and fill those boxes. But I just love the powerband of the ZX6R.
 

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So far as I know, you really have three main choices for handlebar/clip on risers. Helibars, Woodcraft, and at least one more.

I worked with Mr. Wood to set up a kit that would work with the '09-'12, which brings the bars about 1.5" back 1.5" up, and makes the set up about 4" wider at the grips. Bar angle is 'flatter' and the 'sweep' is not as angled back. As it stands now, my clip ons are about level with the upper triple clamp, and are at a more comfortable angle. I don't think the set up would work with higher risers, without modifying the fairing and adding length to all of the control lines. Had to create a different bracket for my front brake MC so it wouldn't hit the windshield.

My aftermarket front brake lines had enough slack, that I didn't need to replace (I doubt that the OEM brake lines would have worked).... the OEM clutch cable is fine, and all of the wiring works just as it did.

I also added some 1" lower footpegs, from a company called Knight Designs out of Oregon, which are a drop in replacement for the OEM pegs. They use the same hardware (spring, pin, and circlip), so you could just as easily go right back to stock if you wanted. You just have to adjust the foot controls for the lower position your foot will be in.
 

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So far as I know, you really have three main choices for handlebar/clip on risers. Helibars, Woodcraft, and at least one more.

I worked with Mr. Wood to set up a kit that would work with the '09-'12, which brings the bars about 1.5" back 1.5" up, and makes the set up about 4" wider at the grips. Bar angle is 'flatter' and the 'sweep' is not as angled back. As it stands now, my clip ons are about level with the upper triple clamp, and are at a more comfortable angle. I don't think the set up would work with higher risers, without modifying the fairing and adding length to all of the control lines. Had to create a different bracket for my front brake MC so it wouldn't hit the windshield.

My aftermarket front brake lines had enough slack, that I didn't need to replace (I doubt that the OEM brake lines would have worked).... the OEM clutch cable is fine, and all of the wiring works just as it did.

I also added some 1" lower footpegs, from a company called Knight Designs out of Oregon, which are a drop in replacement for the OEM pegs. They use the same hardware (spring, pin, and circlip), so you could just as easily go right back to stock if you wanted. You just have to adjust the foot controls for the lower position your foot will be in.
Wow thank you nice to know there is an option to drop the foot peg. Although I feel I don’t need to though someone else might. I looked into the Woodcraft risers and am kicking back and forth between them and the Impaktech adjustable risers. I know the Impaktech risers need braided lines at certain heights and are mainly used for adjustability and are used more on stunt bikes. However having the ability to adjust seems like a nice feature. Still looking more into this though. Third option I’ve seen is putting dirt bike bars with new triple and mounting kits, but would rather go the Woodcraft route than that for a fixed non adjustable option.

As of now biggest thing that I did that has helped has been installing tank grips (went with storm grip).
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This by far really helped the most and I am firm believer is a must for any sport bike especially a super sport. Being able to grip the tank with less force to engage your core and lower back better with less force is by far I think the top upgrade you can do and is the cheapest and easiest. I feel it allows me to relax my body more and put less stress on my wrists allowing me to ride longer, corner better, and just overall have better control of the bike including straight line cruising and pulls.

That being said I think raising the handle bars just a little bit more and maybe even scooting them back will let me be able to go on longer rides. While still being able to get a full tuck to get weight down on that front end. I will definitely keep in mind and look into being able to lower the foot pegs. Even if I don’t feel it’s needed as my lower body doesn’t feel cramped like it did on my 2014 Ninja 650.

Thanks for the comment / info!
 

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So far as I know, you really have three main choices for handlebar/clip on risers. Helibars, Woodcraft, and at least one more.
Apex Racing offers riser clip on sets in 1" and 3" versions. They are adjustable and could easily be lowered for track time and then raised for street use.



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I just got a ZX6R as well, and it took a few weeks to get comfortable with the riding position. I am waiting on full set of OEM fairings (the dude before me put on carbon fiber fairings and sold the originals), so I havent installed tank grips yet. I have been considering risers as well, I would go with the Apex listed above as they seem to have the most value for the money.

I have also been considering these from aliexpress, I know it might be a bad idea to trust them but I have gotten some good stuff from Aliexpress so for a third the price maybe its decent.

 
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I just got a ZX6R as well, and it took a few weeks to get comfortable with the riding position. I am waiting on full set of OEM fairings (the dude before me put on carbon fiber fairings and sold the originals), so I havent installed tank grips yet. I have been considering risers as well, I would go with the Apex listed above as they seem to have the most value for the money.

I have also been considering these from aliexpress, I know it might be a bad idea to trust them but I have gotten some good stuff from Aliexpress so for a third the price maybe its decent.

YeaThese Apex seem nice and the ones to go with. They look real clean as well and have great reviews.I think a combination of a Corbin like seat or new padding plus possible slightly repositioning the foot pegs might do the trick.

Only major issue I see with moving the foot pegs any which way may affect being able to grip the thank with the knees properly. So need to explore options but I think that would be the last one.
 

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YeaThese Apex seem nice and the ones to go with. They look real clean as well and have great reviews.I think a combination of a Corbin like seat or new padding plus possible slightly repositioning the foot pegs might do the trick.

Only major issue I see with moving the foot pegs any which way may affect being able to grip the thank with the knees properly. So need to explore options but I think that would be the last one.
Being 6ft tall I havent had any issues with gripping the tank (also tank grips help), but I agree. If I were to move them anywhere else the leg ergos wouldnt be right and I wouldnt have a good purchase on the bike. I believe the best option is to leave the foot pegs alone, and to start with the Apex bars. If you need more then go with a different seat or lower the rear an inch (should be fine for street riding).
 
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