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I took my first long ride this weekend from Atlanta to Athens and back, about 70 miles each way. Overall I'd say it was pretty good. Only had to jumpstart the bike twice. I kinda figured this was going to happen, so I was prepared. And I wasn't about to let some (hopefully not very serious) electrical problems stop me. The only real complaint I have is that the handlebar angle gets uncomfortable after a while. It would be nice to have my hands a little farther apart and not pulled back so much. Has anyone else had this problem? Any recommendations as to what handlebars have worked for you? I wouldn't have minded having some highway pegs either, but I've already got a pretty good idea what I'm going to do about that. Luggage-wise, I'm pretty limited to what I can carry in my backpack. Have any of you found good aftermarket saddlebag (or any other luggage) options? I don't need to carry a whole bunch of stuff with me, but it would be nice to be able to carry a little bit more and/or not have to take my backpack with me everywhere I go. Thanks.
 

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When you get ready to take another 'longish' ride let me know, perhaps I can join you. I am in Stockbridge 20 or so miles south of Atlanta. Weekends work best for me, but I do have quite a bit of PTO built up. ;-)
 

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Weekends are usually best for me too, although I don't have tons of free time. The only reason I got to ride out to Athens was because I had to go to a wedding and my wife left the day before. Perhaps we can put something together soon.
 

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Only had to jumpstart the bike twice. I kinda figured this was going to happen, so I was prepared.

The only real complaint I have is that the handlebar angle gets uncomfortable after a while. It would be nice to have my hands a little farther apart and not pulled back so much. Has anyone else had this problem? Any recommendations as to what handlebars have worked for you?

I wouldn't have minded having some highway pegs either

Luggage-wise, I'm pretty limited to what I can carry in my backpack. Have any of you found good aftermarket saddlebag (or any other luggage) options?


With the jumpstart thing, is your battery old or is your charging system not working properly?



Handlebars - it's an individual thing but many here have had good luck with either daytona bend or touring bend bars. I've tried both, along with the oem deluxe bars, and for me the daytona's work and feel best. They are lower than the stock deluxe bar and also wider and flatter, putting my wrists in a more natural position. Look at bikebandit or JCwhitney and take out the tape measure on your current ride and try to get a feel for the different positions each bend would put your hands in. New bars aren't terribly expensive so if you buy a set that still don't feel great you aren't out too much money, plus you can probably resell them.



For the highway pegs, if you have crashbars I've seen people attach stretch pegs to them, and there's a couple people who have made their own pegs mount system using various attachment points to the engine block.



As for luggage, I couldn't be without my saddlebags and top box any more, it's just far too convenient and much more comfortable than a backpack (safer too). I have a set of semi-soft saddlebags and a plastic top box I just bought. The saddlebags have a plastic liner and are easily removed with just a couple quick-clips. The top box I just bought off ebay and seems reasonably well made but I thought that about my last one as well, and it died after 1 year's use. If you've got the money a known name brand like GIVI is probably best, or you could buy a used OEM Honda trunk off ebay. My bike had a luggage rack on it when I got it, but if you don't have one you'd need to add that before you could install a trunk or top box. The nice thing about the soft saddlebags is you just toss them over the seat, attach the clips the frame and go, you don't have to have any mounts for them.

Hope this helps.
 

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Yeah, my charging system isn't working properly, so unfortunately that's got to be the first thing I sink money into.



I'll keep looking around for handlebars. Seems everyone wants their bars lower and sportier, so I'm not sure if that will make my search harder or easier. haha. Think I might see if I can find myself a set of Custom bars. Like you said though, I should get at mine with a measuring tape first and get some better idea of what I'm looking for.



Crash bars are definitely what I'm looking at for highway pegs. Just haven't figured out what style I want yet.



What kind of saddlebags do you have? I like the idea of universal ones that don't require special mounting hardware, as nobody seems to sell aftermarket CX specific bags. Any idea what luggage racks will fit? Just going buy pictures, it looks like the Custom and Deluxe have different mounting points. Or maybe it varies from year to year. Or maybe I was totally mistaken to begin with. I sure would like to do away with the backpack. (At least for the most part).
 

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Ok. It sounds like you're centrally located to all the forum members around town.



I don't live at all near you, but I work just off 10th street a little less than a mile west of I-75/85.
 

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I'm pretty centrally located to most of the metro area. Of course, this doesn't do me a whole lot of good, as I rarely leave my 'safety bubble'. haha. I hear there's a motorcycle junkyard out toward Conyers somewhere. Anyone else know anything about that?
 

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Cool. Thanks for the info. I was thinking about maybe checking them out for some handlebars. I don't want anything too radically different so I don't have to worry about rerouting or changing the length of cables and hoses, but I figure there must be a ton of 7/8" bars that are close enough in size while being a more comfortable shape.
 
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