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Sportbike Tank Bars

Because sissy bars are out-dated
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Simple low-profile loops in a replacement motorcycle tank for your passenger. On modern day sportbikes, passengers are kind of limited in their options of holding-on for the ride. Current standard is the "sissy-bar" approach, which places the passenger's arms behind them to hang on. Second to that is the "squeeze the driver to death" method. While great for hard acceleration, is pretty bad on the person in charge. Though while cruising and under braking, its best to place one's hands on the tank. Thus taking weight off of the operator, and more safe braking and general riding.

Introducing Tank Bars! Not exactly a drop-on part, the entire tank of the motorcycle in question is replaced. The new tank consists of a set of small bars with just enough gap to get your fingers in, and providing enough area to rest the heels of your hands. Under hard acceleration, the passenger simply hangs on. All rush and less worry. Under moderate or hard braking conditions, the weight of the passenger is focused on the load-bearing bars of the tank instead on the back of the pilot.

The bars can be fasioned into many styles to compliment virtually any sportbike and any taste. Great for touring, or just occasional 2-up riding.

Letsbuildafort, Apr 09 2004

One day at the [Letsbuildafort] test facilities . . . . http://bz.pair.com/fun/testtrack.html
Marking the last time [Letsbuildafort]'s girlfriend volunteered for product testing. [bristolz, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

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       could a tank be have recessed hand-holds cut in? i never rode one like you talk about
xx, Apr 09 2004
  

       Yes - a simple bending of metal would be best. Something like a rock-climbing hand hold. Like on those man-made walls. Something to wrap your fingers around, or into to hold on to ... unfortunately, the server that I post pictures on is temporarily down. But if we resurrect it in the next little bit, I can post a visual depiction of what I mean.
Letsbuildafort, Apr 09 2004
  

       Knew this was yours when I saw the title, [fort]. I like the concept but think that you might want it somewhat modular. The recessed tank hand-holds would work, but some bars that slide out of tank recesses and lock in an accessible position would be nice.   

       Or perhaps tech similar to footpegs that fold up when you lay it on the side.....bars that come up between the passenger and pilot, but retract when not actively engaged.   

       Remember, when it all goes to pieces, you don't want impediments to seperation from the machine.
normzone, Apr 09 2004
  

       Would handles that came up from the sides work so that the passenger was holding themselves “down” and on?   

       Of course, there's always the saddle horn ;-)
bristolz, Apr 09 2004
  

       Aaa - from the frame ... thats a good idea, [bris]! A little more trustworthy than the tank, but a little more challenging to engineer. <scratches chin>
Letsbuildafort, Apr 09 2004
  

       I'd like bars to press your thighs under - great for the abs.
FarmerJohn, Apr 09 2004
  

       great idea, the only time I rode pillion, I left fingernail impressions on the poor rider.
po, Apr 09 2004
  

       “pillion?”
bristolz, Apr 09 2004
  

       behind the rider, bris.
po, Apr 09 2004
  

       excellent drawing dudette
xx, Apr 09 2004
  

       [bris]. I'm honored to finally make one of your illustrations!
/giddy
Letsbuildafort, Apr 09 2004
  

       Nice idea [Lbaf], nice drawing [bris]. At first glance I thought it was a theme restaurant but this is much better. +
sartep, Apr 10 2004
  

       Just be wheely careful.   

       [lbaf] has a girlfriend? Congratulations!! (+)
ghillie, Apr 10 2004
  

       Thanks, [ghillie] for being so optomistic. But the whole girlfriend thing is past tense. Thats the third girlfriend I've lost to stunt-jumping trains, shark tanks and flaming busses.
Letsbuildafort, Apr 11 2004
  

       with your new tank mounted bars, perhaps they will be able to hang on, and you won't lose any more.
ato_de, Apr 11 2004
  

       Mr. afort - ouch, really big pictures. I'm partial to the second one really, but I can't quite get a handle on the first one.
xx, Apr 12 2004
  
      
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