Was there any discomfort on the shoulder, arm wrist area before installing them ? or did you just installed for additional comfort to the lenght of your arms ?
The pilot position on the 14 seems pretty comfy in terms of the reach to the handlebars but I guess a bit more comfort always can help.
PS: that road in the pic is pretty awesome to open up that 14 to drink up a bit more fuel.
Well, I'm old and fat, so according to the stereotypes it's a wonder that I ride a sportbike at all (according to all the other old and fat guys apparently self-sentenced to cruisers by ingrained pre-conceptions, big bellies and bad backs), but I never really felt that either my old Hayabusa, or current 2007 ZX14 were particularily uncomfortable, in fact, of the five motorcycles we currently own, I'm certain that with the one exception of our GL1800, I can ride the 14 further at a sitting than any of our other bikes as long as I can move along at highway speeds. With either the ZX14 or Hayabusa, my knees will eventually start to feel the relatively tight bend that the sportbikes impose on one's legs, so after many miles, a little break from that is welcome. This is not a condition restricted to sportbike riders. Years ago, we used to call it 'Beemer-knee', because the BMW motorcycles we used to own seemed to bring this 'condition' on as well, though perhaps not quite as severe or as quickly as our sportbikes might, but even so, it's still not a major problem, even with the ZX14.
Around town, with a lot of stoplight idling and slow speed clutch work, my wrists will eventually start to get uncomfortable, but that sort of riding has a bike like the ZX14 completely out of it's intended element, so You have to meet the bike halfway in situations like that and realize that you're essentially riding a racehorse in a barnyard.
Anyway, I get carried away with this stuff. Back to your question. I've lost a fair amount of weight, though still have a long way to go, but when I bought my ZX14 about two years ago, I couldn't eat a big meal and then go ride the bike, but I was well over 260 lbs at the time, so yes, I could be uncomfortable riding the bike for that reason, and the bar lifters helped. After dropping forty pounds, the 14 is downright comfortable to me. Now, I ride the thing down the highway and marvel at how much I like the general seating position. I'm 62 years old, so my experience may not even be relevent to a younger rider, but I'm left with the thought that if this bike feels good to a dinosaur like me
, it should be a bit of heaven to someone half my age.
I'm pretty certain that I'd now be fine without the bar spacers, but the additional inch of bar height is
nice to have, cost very little considering the small but quite effective 'improvement' they provided, and I don't feel that they detract from the sporty appearance of the bike.
I bought a new 2000 Hayabusa and rode it for three years, putting 37,000 miles on it, and liked it very much for many reasons, and my wife just bought a 2008 Hayabusa for herself last weekend. I like the 'cockpit feel' of the Hayabusa better than I do the ZX14's, but I think that the 14 may be a bit more comfortable overall than the Suzuki, but that's a very subjective call and wouldn't even be an issue to many riders.