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MadYam




PostSubject: Highway Dirt Bikes review   Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:31 pm


Last summer I installed a Highway Dirt Bikes (HDB) kit on my WR250R. Also a ProTaper Henry Reed handlebar, G2 throttle tamer, and Oxford heated grips. Here's a few observations:

The HDB kit is solid. I did the NexGen, with HDB being nice enough to exchange the regular kit for the NexGen - the Ultimate Handguard kit was a little difficult to install due to needing to bend the guards. Fits great, very solid. I also installed 2.125 (2 and 1/8 inch) lower clamps. These allow the top-plate to fit without causing interference with the key. With the Henry Reed Pro Taper bar, this setup gives me a very neutral position - my elbows are bent roughly 90 degrees when sitting. For reference, I'm a shade over 6 feet and have a 33 inch inseam. I can stand comfortably now.

The Oxford grips work great. Slightly wider diameter feels better than stock. Heating is nice. Hooked up with Eastern Beaver 3CS.

G2 throttle tamer - I was getting a lot of snatch in the throttle - not related to clutch control. The G2 combined with the Oxford grips make for a fairly smooth engagement. There's just a nice amount of snatch and with a little clutch control, slow speeds are much easier to manage. Not silky smooth, but nice. I speculate that the G2 with the wider Oxford grips balance out differently than just going with stock grips on the G2. I'm a fan.

I hope this is helpful for others. Happy to answer questions as they come up.

MadYam
2015 WR250R
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Ridepjride




PostSubject: Re: Highway Dirt Bikes review   Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:12 pm

How much rise over stock did the HDB mounts give you, and are the cables long enough to go a little higher?

Thanks, Paul
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MadYam




PostSubject: Re: Highway Dirt Bikes review   Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:45 pm

The stock rise and Henry Reed contour rise are the same - about 3.6 inches. The sweep on the Henry Reed is slightly less, which I like for my wrists. So the rise I got was all in the lower clamp. I don't recall the stock lower clamp height, but it's easy enough to measure. I think I got about 3/4 of an inch rise. Doesn't sound like much, but it has a big effect.  I have zero issues with cable tension. I seem to recall that others felt a 1.5 inch rise was about the max you could go without cable issues. I think that those using a 2 inch rise report some tension.

Protaper has all their specs on their website as do most handlebar companies. Between lower clamps and various bend you can get pretty much whatever rise you want.

MadYam


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Ridepjride




PostSubject: Re: Highway Dirt Bikes review   Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:10 am

Thanks for the info. I've had HDB guards on my last 2 bikes and was impressed with their quality. Their mirrors made it hard to see police cars, not as big of a concern with a 250.
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wwguy

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PostSubject: Re: Highway Dirt Bikes review   Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:55 am

Ridepjride wrote:
Their mirrors made it hard to see police cars, not as big of a concern with a 250.

LMFAO.  But you can see other cars on the road just fine?  :hmmm:
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N8




PostSubject: Re: Highway Dirt Bikes review   Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:29 am

Haha, I bet he means that it's hard to identify that they are police and not just another car. I can relate.
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Ridepjride




PostSubject: Re: Highway Dirt Bikes review   Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:48 am

Correct. In California, most LEOs drive Ford Explorers and are hard to discern from civilian vehicles. The old days where all police drive Crown Vics are gone. Smaller mirrors like the ones HDB use make it harder to tell.
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Jerry S




PostSubject: Re: Highway Dirt Bikes review   Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:13 pm

I swapped these over from another bike and changed the color to blue. These are about as bulletproof as you can get. Overkill for a WR, but the top clamp is what makes them so nice for mounting a GPS or whatever.



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