Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

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

XSR900 Abarth isn’t a comfy bike

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