OK, since all our bikes come with these functions built in I gotta ask...why?
IMO the main problem with the Apex is the position of the clip-on band screws, which are right where the "step" is on the Kawi top triple. This forces you to do one of 4 things:I could never get the clip-ons to work, tried both apex and Driven, both seem to hit the front fairing on full lock....
That's why I didn't post a review or say anything about it. At the cost of basically a few hours of my time, I like having it, but it's probably not worth the while for most riders.Fair enough. I can get some of that from the GPS and have a voltmeter/usb port mounted but agree the LCD on my '18 sucks. Difficult to read under about 75% of all lighting conditions.
Funny, in my case it is not even going near the screen, seems to be hitting the fairing below the screen.....IMO the main problem with the Apex is the position of the clip-on band screws, which are right where the "step" is on the Kawi top triple. This forces you to do one of 4 things:
1. clock the screws on the top side
2. clock the screws on the bottom side (what I did)
3. lift the clip-on above the "step" and clock the screws for best handlebar positions
4. eliminate the "step" (a bit drastic, and a permanent mod, which I try to avoid)
If Apex had clocked the screws elsewhere (or if the top triple didn't have the step), there will be a lot more freedom to change the position of the handlebars, possibly avoiding contact with the windscreen. But... as is, I was able to get the problematic right side to clear the National Cycle Vstream Touring screen in the middle and high positions. Since I don't ever ride with the screen in the low position, it works well enough for me. The stock screen was hopeless with the Apex.
Even though the install wasn't perfect, I still consider this the best mod I did on the N1k, as far as improving how the rider engages the motorcycle. The rider ergos are much closer to what I consider optimal for a gentleman's sportbike.
For your valiant keyboard commando raid, you are hereby awarded the Congressional Medal of What-da-fuh.A person can always buy bars, and often times that is the perfect thing to do. In fact, they have to.
Please understand....this isnt to pick on anyone, or to make someone look bad. The lever setting you see in Volfys pictures are dangerous. This forces a bend in the wrist that's not supposed to be there. You cant steer, or brake properly with levers sitting this high.
This isnt my idea, or point of view. Heres a video, from an expert. People pay him to point out stupid things they do. The smart ones listen. The others? I dont know.
If a person is new, or old, this idea can apply. We are very adaptable as humans. With that said, it's important not to confuse "adapted" with "correct". Levers that are set that high wont allow you to make an informed decision about the stock bars. I agree...with levers that high, theres no way the stock bars will work well.
This idea is free, and you can always go back to a messed up position, but you owe it to yourself to try free before changing bars and ending up with an abortion like the above photos.