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post #1 of 7 Old 08-12-2018, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Problems in the tuck

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Anyone else feel really awkward and/or cramped when you get into a tuck on the R3? I just feel like everything is off. The bars are too close, the seat too deep, tank too tall, etc. It doesn't help that my gut gets in the way a bit, but I can't just lean forward. I have to lean until my belly is squished into the tank, then hunch forward the rest of the way with a pretty notable bend in the spine. I have Vortex clip ons, which IIRC don't push the bars that much forward? I also have stock seat and bodywork. '
So do other bars help? A thicker seat? I don't want to replace bodywork, it's still a street bike right now.



I noticed it this year at the track, but I noticed it way more after sitting on a few 600s (track and dealer) and I can basically just fall flat into a tuck. Obviously those are designed around that, but still, I want to get a bit more natural feeling when I tuck on this bike. I also hate how skinny it is, it feels like I have to point my toes inward to get a strong grip on the bike, but I think this is more a muscle/fitness issue.

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Vortex just lowers it, at least that's what I can recall from when I installed them. I do agree that the reach from seat to bars seems cramped (and I'm a lean 5'11, so not a big guy), but I'm not sure how to fix it. There is a raised seat from Jesse which will stretch out your legs a bit, and it would probably help you get flatter on the tank. This will make that part feel much more natural. I don't think it'll stretch out the arms though :/

For gripping the bike, as you scoot further off the bike in the cornering position, you'll be able to wedge the top of your opposite thigh into the "flare" on the gas tank cover. Grips will definitely help here but aren't necessary if you don't have them already/don't want to spend the money. I find myself struggling with this on the street because I don't move off the seat much, but felt much more comfortable on the track.
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I do have rearset risers from Jesse and that helps with gripping, but still awkward. I should just try his seat as well.



I made some tank grips from some stick on material used I think for truck bumpers, got it from Wal Mart after seeing it on a race SV650. I don't know that it's as good as something custom made, but it's better than nothing and costs only $8!
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I do have rearset risers from Jesse and that helps with gripping, but still awkward. I should just try his seat as well.



I made some tank grips from some stick on material used I think for truck bumpers, got it from Wal Mart after seeing it on a race SV650. I don't know that it's as good as something custom made, but it's better than nothing and costs only $8!
Awesome fix. Being creative pays off. Maybe you can help me with something. Since you've already pointed out, we all have different physical shapes, some larger, some shorter, some younger and more flexible. Admittedly, I'm old and slow, and my tucking days are well past. So, I certainly don't have any suggestions that would help . But I've often wondered Why do they call them "Bucket Seats" and expect them to fit, when we all have different sized "Buckets"? Just wondering. I guess that's the reason pros have a whole team of engineers to adjust and mold the riders to the bikes, and us mere mortals have to settle for making small adjustments to the suspension. Anyway, thanks for humoring me. Good Luck and Ride Safe.

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Awesome fix. Being creative pays off. Maybe you can help me with something. Since you've already pointed out, we all have different physical shapes, some larger, some shorter, some younger and more flexible. Admittedly, I'm old and slow, and my tucking days are well past. So, I certainly don't have any suggestions that would help . But I've often wondered Why do they call them "Bucket Seats" and expect them to fit, when we all have different sized "Buckets"? Just wondering. I guess that's the reason pros have a whole team of engineers to adjust and mold the riders to the bikes, and us mere mortals have to settle for making small adjustments to the suspension. Anyway, thanks for humoring me. Good Luck and Ride Safe.

I'm pretty sure the name comes from the same marketing people who came up with "One size fits all"!
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Yep, it's harder to tuck on these IMO. I'm in the same boat at 5'10" with a less-than-ideal non-athletic build lol I've just sucked it up and dealt with it so far, but no I don't feel comfortable on it when I'm tucking.
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Yep, it's harder to tuck on these IMO. I'm in the same boat at 5'10" with a less-than-ideal non-athletic build lol I've just sucked it up and dealt with it so far, but no I don't feel comfortable on it when I'm tucking.

Yeah, I figured. I'll try the new seat, I kinda want it anyway since the stock one sucks for long rides. Maybe the Woodcraft clip-ons would bring me a touch more reach for the arms as well? I just don't want to spend any more $$ on this thing right now.



Anywho, just another data point on the keep/sell continuum.

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