Most of the time I’m quite comfortable with the forward lean to the handlebars on the ZX14. However, occasionally if I’m restricted to riding under 80 kph (50 mph) as can be the case on sections of the Great Ocean Road, I’ve noticed a little more weight on my wrists that I’d like.
Consequently I’ve purchased a pair of riser blocks made by Helibar. These retain the factory clip ons, but slot in under them to raise the bars 20mm and bring them back 10mm. They are literally a 10 minute install. Unfortunately Helibar won’t ship to Australia so they have to be purchased locally and cost $40 more than the US price!
The weather is so wet and cold here that I haven’t been able to go for a ride and determine whether they will make any difference. The bars now appear to be about the same height as the stock bars on the VFR800 were.
Peter Stevens showroom, Elizabeth St Melbourne. Marty with his new 2012 Kawasaki ZX14R.
Always a good idea to set the mirrors prior to hitting the city traffic for the very first time on a brand new motorcycle.
A couple of Marty’s pics from its maiden voyage
On the Great Ocean Road near Apollo Bay
A couple of my shots.
Full details for the Australian delivery ZX14 HERE
It was a chilly 5C this morning, however, the bright sunshine and promise of warmer temps along the coast lured us out for a short ride along the GOR to Lorne, then home via Deans Marsh.
We sat out in the sunshine at a Greek cafe right by the pier.
Helmets by the bay!
As we were leaving a guy offered to take a shot of us by the ZX14
It got cloudy and cool as we wound our way up through the bush and the curves to Deans Marsh. We overtook a couple two up on a sport bike who were going extremely cautiously – I’m sure the bike’s stability was not helped by how high up the pillion was perched. As we came up behind them I actually thought the lass on the back was standing up as she was literally head and shoulders above the rider.Once we hit the Cape Otway Rd the sun came out and we enjoyed a good run home.