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There are other things that influence noise....helmet choice is a big one, too.

But as compared to my Puig, the V stream touring is twice as loud, at any given speed. Its probably a me thing, but this wind noise drives me nuts. I long for the days of non vented helmets, too.

For me, i'll take the wind blast over the noise, unless its cold.

Honestly, I dont know whats wrong with it. It looks liek it shoudl work. Maybe we sit too far from it?
 

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Sitting too far from it may have something to do with it. I know my Memphis Shades Batwing is much less noisy and offers far more protection than the full Memphis Shades Windscreen. The windscreen mounts over the headlight where the Batwing is closer to the handlebar. Even the little Slipstreamer handlebar mount flyscreen works better and is less noisy than the much larger fork mount windscreen.

My Shoei RF-1100 is a fairly quiet helmet. There are some whistling noises at certain speeds/head positions, but nothing that will drive me crazy.
 

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My Shoei RF-1100 is a fairly quiet helmet. There are some whistling noises at certain speeds/head positions, but nothing that will drive me crazy.
I've tried a few full faced helmets over the years and I've always come back to the RF series. My last was the RF 1000 (that I still wear) and I just received my RF1200 about a month ago. Comfortable, quiet, lightweight.

They make great helmets and I'm a big fan of Shoei. Currently looking at their modular series for our Goldwing. Been using Scorpion 1/2 and open faced helmets for the touring bike but we've been migrating towards more armor and better protection.

Like everything else, not because I'm worried about laying my bike down.....more about the other morons on the road.
 

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Back to the Murph-kit risers....got a good test run of about 160 miles today. Defintely more comfortable riding. Takes a little getting used to in the curves but over all I like them.

Two things I noticed today.

1. At 1400 miles, its even more snappy. It just keeps getting better.

2. (In relation to #1) Since I'm more upright I've noticed I have to hang on more when I twist it. :)
 

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Hello,

I just installed my own on my 2016 and I find it too bad that it is too high and I have no option of angle for my levers, in the limit I find them even high.
 

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There are other things that influence noise....helmet choice is a big one, too.

But as compared to my Puig, the V stream touring is twice as loud, at any given speed. Its probably a me thing, but this wind noise drives me nuts. I long for the days of non vented helmets, too.

For me, i'll take the wind blast over the noise, unless its cold.

Honestly, I dont know whats wrong with it. It looks liek it shoudl work. Maybe we sit too far from it?
When you rode with the V Stream Touring screen -
- Did you have ear plugs in?
- If so, what type of ear plugs did you have in?
- Did you ride with the shield in each of the 3 positions?
- If so, were any of the position(s) better than the others?


Thanks.
 

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I put the Murphs on, and I don't think they are enough for me. My wrists still get sore very quickly. I am wondering if Convetibars would be better, with thicker grips on them.

As for windscreens, I highly recommend people check out the Madstad windscreen. The current plate they are selling does fit the 2017, but you can't have it in the most "upright" position without it hitting the front fairing. Since the windshield has it's own adjustments on angle and hight this doesn't really matter, and it's nice to have the two "presets" from the built in adjustments you can use.

I went with the 20 inch shield, and even without the shield as high as it could go I sit in a pocket of calm quiet air. The difference is night and day from stock. I can hear how incredible the engine sounds too now. With the adjustability of the Madstad I can make the wind hit me anyway I want, or not at all. I think it looks good too, but that is subjective.

It costs more than the other windscreens out there, but it offers so much more. For the money it is one of the best mods you can make for touring comfort.
 

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So update on the winter long project to get the Convertibars on.

Just picked the bike up 2 days ago when it finally got nice here, and I love the Convertibars. I did go with longer cables as well, so it was not a cheap project. But it fixed the horrible angle of the stock bars, and now I can have them anywhere I want. They might be more buzzy than stock, I have not sure on that yet. But the road feel is actually great.

The Russel Seat is being done at the end of the month.
 

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Has anyone tried ape hangers?

;) You have to admit that it would be a sight to see.
That might be kinda badass seeing a knee dragger on a ninja with ape hangers. HAHA.

Bet you’re using the stock mirrors then eh??
 

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True. I installed the Murph risers about a month after I got my bike last April because my wrists and forearms were in extreme pain. Now after a year of riding (6,000 miles) I am thinking of taking them off. My riding position was all wrong. I was supporting my weight with my hands and wrists. The past few years I've had several cruisers and back in the eighties and nineties I owned Japanese standards ('80 KZ1000, 82 CB900f Super Sport, full race Seca 750). I had no idea how to ride or sit on this bike. Now as my riding is getting more and more aggressive as I gain confidence I'm finding that I want to be positioned lower and further forward: basically back to the stock position.

The very twisty, hilly back roads where I live are perfect for this bike. Of all the motorcycles I've owned this one is hands down the most fun. Initially I thought I would be using it for longer trips, most of them 2-up, but I've scrapped those fantasies. I'll keep this and get a cruiser/tourer for that kind of riding.

The engineers and marketing people designed it for a certain kind of riding and I think they nailed it. Now if they could just do something about those terrible headlights.
 

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I find the issue with the bars on this bike is not the height, but the angle. It's always been a problem. The angle is the strangest I have ever experience on a sporty bike. It's like your hands are turned down at the thumb and up at the pinky finger. It's ergonomically just wrong, and changing that angle so that your thumbs are up, and pinky fingers down makes for a much more comfortable grasp.
 

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I put the risers on, not because of the angle for support of my core, but for my neck/back.

I got into a bad head-on with a drunk about 20 years ago. Neck and back have never been the same. I love the sport bike ride but my neck cant take it.
 

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Murph's Bar Risers

I can't overstate how much more comfortable it is to ride with Murph's bar risers. A week and 550 miles after I took my new 2015 home I thought I had made a mistake getting the N1K. I thought I was just too old (I'm 58 and 5' 9" with a 30" inseam, 195 lbs. before riding gear) for this riding position. A lot of the pain is because of the 7/8" bar and narrow grips. I'm coming from a Kawasaki Meanstreak with a 1.25" bar and Kuryakyn Iso grips, an extremely comfortable bike and riding position. The N1K in comparison felt like I was holding on to rebar.

When I mounted the Murph's I used a file to shave them down a bit where the parts from either the brake or clutch lever made contact. I went slowly, making numerous checks for fit. The angle of the levers is perfect (my wrist/hand/arm is in a straight line when seated) and both pins are fully seated. It probably took me close to an hour altogether because of the numerous checks for fit.

Prior to fitting the Murph's my hands and wrist were feeling a lot of pain after just half an hour of riding. After installing them I went for and hour and a half ride with no problems. I also installed Grab On foam grips. Those also add comfort, but not in the same league as the bar risers. The other thing that the bar risers did was to change my seating position enough so that the seat doesn't feel so much like I am sitting on a sawhorse. Plus, I'm not sliding into the tank every time I hit the brakes. I've never sat on a bike with such a hard, uncomfortable seat. The Murph's push you up enough that the ridges in the seat aren't always digging into your thighs. And, the neck pain that I would get after about an hour doesn't happen anymore either.

Murph's transformed the N1K into a comfortable bike. Before I put the bar risers on I thought I was going to have to trade it in on an FJR.

I'm 71 in 5 weeks. I road 100 miles this morning after installing the Murph's bar risers on my 2017 Ninja. I also thought I had made a huge error in buying this bike. The bar risers and the Moto Werk peg lowering kit have completely changed my mind. Everything is more comfortable about the bike now, except the seat. (The stock seat is out for a custom rebuild at Terry's Custom Seats in TN) Not to mention comfort, I actually like the handling better with the risers and I don't catch my boots on the pegs every time I pull off. Love the looks of the bike and the inline four power. First inline four I have owned in about 17 years. Owned twin dual sports for years. Love the bags with no rack hanging on the back with they are removed. The wife is also happy because I'm not bitching about the bike now. Like Stryker, I'm going to do some modification to the risers so I can roll the levers down for more comfort.
 

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The clutch cable on mine broke a month or so after I put the Murph's risers on. The service manager said it had nothing to do with that and replaced it under warranty. When I installed the risers the cable was very tight and at a severe angle to the grip. I asked the service manager if they put on a new and longer cable/housing, but he said they didn't. I don't know where they found the extra length. I tried to pull a little more cable and housing when I installed the risers, but couldn't get any extra length. My bicycle experience told me it's just a matter of time before strands start snapping.

It broke in 3rd gear in the city riding 2-up about five miles from home. Once it broke I didn't stop.
 

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Throttle cables

The clutch cable on mine broke a month or so after I put the Murph's risers on. The service manager said it had nothing to do with that and replaced it under warranty. When I installed the risers the cable was very tight and at a severe angle to the grip. I asked the service manager if they put on a new and longer cable/housing, but he said they didn't. I don't know where they found the extra length. I tried to pull a little more cable and housing when I installed the risers, but couldn't get any extra length. My bicycle experience told me it's just a matter of time before strands start snapping.

It broke in 3rd gear in the city riding 2-up about five miles from home. Once it broke I didn't stop.

Neither the clutch cable nor the throttle cables are strained as a result of the installation. My concern is the factory routing of the throttle cables. They come up under and behind the front brake line and have it in a bind. This was a problem before I installed the risers.

I hate to pull off the plastic on the right side to get to the cables, but have done it to put on sliders and can do it again. It's going to have to be done before the rubber brake line gets some age on it. Probably this winter when I install the radiator guard. Right now I just want to ride as much as I can before bad weather here in Indianapolis.
 
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