HOW THEY MEASURE UP
Converting a bike from a roadster to drop-barred café racer creates compromises, the end result usually being a painful riding position. Putting low bars on bikes that weren’t initially designed for them results in problems with how they interface with a nose fairing, fuel tank and the need for decent steering lock. The BMW and the Yamaha suffer the worst here – the R ninet because the distance from the seat to the bars (at 945mm) is longer than an R1’s, and the Abarth because its bars are forced to be even lower.
FROM BUM TO BARS Ducati 830mm Triumph 850mm Yamaha 910mm BMW 945mm