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So I've always been in love with the old Cafe Racer look, and in an effort to achieve just that on my CB1000R Black Edition, I've decided to completely change the handlebar set up to a set of Clip-ons. Has anyone done this themselves and know how it changes the feel of the bike?

I'm having Cognito Moto in Richmond, VA machine a custom, flat-top fork clamp for me, and I'll be moving all of the factory controls to the Vortex Racing 7° clip-ons that I recently ordered. Additionally, I'll be deleting the original turn signals and installing Motogadget M.Blaze Disc bar end turn signals and Motogadget M.View Spy bar end mirrors, and I'll be changing the grips to Motogadget rubber grips. (Yes, I am a simp for Motogadget!) I'll post pics as I go along.
 

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Looking forward to seeing this, my original plan was to put clip ons on my cb but I already put them on my other bike (z900rs) and I don't want both to be the same right now. Eventually it'll happen though
 

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I too am curious about this. My old 919 has clip-ons which I like, but traditional clip-ons are too low for my liking now to maintain some comfort. The tank doesn't lend itself to clip-ons unless they're straight, which I don't think would be comfortable. I put my hands on the front turn signals last night gauging a feel for straight clip-ons, since the turn signals clear the tank, but it'd be a no-go for me.

I did see the linked Daytona bars here though, and they look better than I expected, but still not 100% sold on them. I wish it had more pics around them. - HONDA CB1000R Custom
 

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I'm waiting on the new top clamp still from Cognito Moto, but as soon as it arrives, I'm going to knock this project out and post pics. I've already changed out the rear tail lights for a Competition Werkes integrated light. Highly recommend it if you want a clean tail. And I've already pre-wired the left Clip-on for the Motogadget turn signals. It is a royal pain to do, so if you're interested, I can provide tips.
 

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Thanks! I've been curious about the integrated taillight as well. My 919 has one too. I'll certainly be following your progress.

I've ordered these Zeta handguard replacement turnsignals - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001LV0Q5G/ref=cm_sw_r_apa_i_7ZAN9DYH0KB3WV07NAYD_0

I like the idea of body mounted turn signals, like the 2023 Monster has, but these will be smoke and mounted behind the top of the radiator cover, angled with the cover. I wanted a clean and factory look, and these were the only lights that I think I could pull it off with, without having to have something custom done.

Edit: Kinda like this -
 

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Does anyone know of a super low profile Clip-on clamp? I started the installation and the vortex clamps are hitting the inside of the tank, where it scoops forward and I have the bars completely straight across, which looks terrible.
 

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Have a pic of that happening? I'm curious about where the bars would have to be for clearance. I'm guessing you may need something that's actually raised and pushed out away from the mounting with some spacers of some kind. Maybe something like this, but imagine there being an inch spacer or so where the two clamps connect... https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0248/5973/8163/products/12-2537-78BH1_1.jpg?v=1634231396

Given the tank design, I don't see a successful method of getting clip-ons on these bikes without either having the tank professionally modified, or severely limiting the turning radius.
 

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Have a pic of that happening? I'm curious about where the bars would have to be for clearance. I'm guessing you may need something that's actually raised and pushed out away from the mounting with some spacers of some kind. Maybe something like this, but imagine there being an inch spacer or so where the two clamps connect... https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0248/5973/8163/products/12-2537-78BH1_1.jpg?v=1634231396

Given the tank design, I don't see a successful method of getting clip-ons on these bikes without either having the tank professionally modified, or severely limiting the turning radius.
Sorry, no pictures and I already took the Vortex brackets off. I'm going to send them back for a refund. I found a set of Woodcraft that are thinner and are 3 pieces, so I don't have to take the factory top clamp off again until the new one comes in. I experimented with the brackets once I got them off. I would have been able to just flip them over so that the bulky part is to the inside, away from the tank, but too little too late and I had a really hard time remounting the display to the underside of the top clamp. What a colossal pain in the butt!

This is what I'm going with, and it's what I initially wanted:

 

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Does anyone know of a super low profile Clip-on clamp? I started the installation and the vortex clamps are hitting the inside of the tank, where it scoops forward and I have the bars completely straight across, which looks terrible.
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I got it! Driven Racing 50mm inch and a half rise clip ons with the riser part inverted. It's a much wider grip and it's comfortable to lean over. And it's a flat bar with no angled decline. I still have to wire in the Motogadget bar end turn signals, but that'll be easy. And I still need the top clamp from Cognito Moto and my seat is on its way back from New Church Moto. If you want a nice leather seat with nice stitching, give Ginger a shout at New Church Moto. She got it done really quick. What do you think?
 

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The wrist position at full lock is a little awkward but not uncomfortable, not gonna lie. But maybe I just have to get used to it. I haven't ridden it yet in this configuration, so we'll see. But sitting on it is much more comfortable and feels natural like a regular riding position. The bars themselves are the Woodcraft 13.5 inch, and they fit the Driven Racing brackets. So they're pretty long. The standard bars that come with most kits are not long enough to fit everything. And if you decide to do it yourself, you can go with the 12 inch ones, but it'll be a little tight.
As for full lock, it does go to full lock on both sides with about an 1/16 inch of clearance. And they're tilted back towards me just a little so they're not sticking straight out, but I like the wider feel. It's a bit more comfortable for me.
 

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This is great. I'm sure it'll feel great to ride. When you get a chance, I'd love to see some full side pictures and such with these on.

Too bad the DR clip-ons are discontinued! DCLO-50R-BK (Discontinued) | Driven Racing
I do see the newer Halo ones in stock at least on sites.

Woodcraft does have adjustable angle clip-ons with riser that are 35mm, nearly 1.5" rise. The down-side to them is the longest bars on them are 12", but the design of these look like they push the bars out further from the forks versus their non-adjustable version. 35mm Rise Side Mount Adjustable Angle Clipon Risers (with 7/8" bars) 35mm
 

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Yeah, the Halos are what I got. Found them on RevZilla. And the Woodcraft bars were straight from their website. You'll need a 50mm clamp to do this, if decide to give it a try. 35 is way too small.

But I'll post the fully finished product once I get the new clamp and seat installed.
 

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Oh, I meant the Woodcraft risers were a 35mm rise (in lieu of 1.5 freedom units), not that the clamp was 35mm.

I do love the look of the clip-ons, and have Woodcrafts on my 919, but dammit if the upright position isn't comfortable.
 
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