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I could use some opinions on how to improve the feel of the front end on my B3-2017. The front end just feels vague and I'm having trouble gaining confidence in the corners. I come from a Ducati SF which was much lazier and difficult to tip in when compared to the new B3, but it was extremely planted once in the turns.

I don't know if it's the more upright bars and flat hand position, or if I just need a steering damper? I feel like I need to weight the front end more, but I'm not sure? Does anyone have an opinion on if a change in handlebars, something like a Rizoma MA0010, or even a ducati streetfighter bar which angles down and is much narrower would improve things, or if I need to shell out the dough for a damper?
 

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What size rider are you, height and weight?
This will dictate a) ergonomics and b) proper suspension settings.
If your front end feels unresponsive, I would look to your suspension first. Handlebars (contrarily to their name :p ) are more about ergonomics and style than handling- at least Im inclined to believe so in your case. Unless you’re familiar with tuning suspension, I suggest your first port of call is to a suspension tuner - and oh yes- a tire pressure gauge :)


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What size rider are you, height and weight?
This will dictate a) ergonomics and b) proper suspension settings.
If your front end feels unresponsive, I would look to your suspension first. Handlebars (contrarily to their name :p ) are more about ergonomics and style than handling- at least Im inclined to believe so in your case. Unless you’re familiar with tuning suspension, I suggest your first port of call is to a suspension tuner - and oh yes- a tire pressure gauge :)


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Thank you for responding, you make some sound points. I'm 5.9 and weigh 175lbs fairly athletic build. I have just started to play with the suspension now that it's broken in and I can push it harder through the bends. I backed off the front rebound and compression a full turn (counterclockwise) just yesterday and what little bit of ride time I had with the new setting seemed to be an improvement.

This bike is almost an embarrassment of riches for what I was hoping to attain coming from my Ducati SF. I was longing for a very quick and nimble bike, and the SF was at one end of the spectrum with it's rather lazy handling, and then to this B3 which is so quick to tip in that it feels unsettled. The wide bars leverage the steering inputs with great sensitivity. In reality, an experienced Brutale pilot would probably find nothing wrong with it, it's just an adjustment that I need become familiar with. But I thought going to a narrower bar and with downward sweep might be a welcome adjustment.

On tire PSI, I'm running 33 lbs in front and 36 in the rear when it's cold in the garage pre-ride measurement. I'm used to Pirelli Supercorsa's so these Diablo's (lll) with their flatter profile seem appropriate for this shorter wheelbase bike and seem to heat up with good grip for the streets. I live in the desert and outside temps when I ride range from 60-90 degrees. I check tire pressure weekly at a minimum.

Thank you for your suggestions on suspension tuning. I have yet to get it properly tuned beyond the minor tweaks I've done so far, but I think I will take your advice and get it over to my guys who set up my other bikes specific for my size, weight and riding style.

If I do go with new bars I'm eyeing the Rizoma MA0010 bars but it would be at the possible expense of an altered turning radius, thus losing my handlebar lock (tank clearance). Or if I go the route of adding a steering damper I'm looking at about $500-600 dollars for a Matris or Ohlins shock so that's a last resort.
 
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