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    Just a word of caution on aftermarket Handlebars on the 300 or 310

    I want to post this to save someone from the painful experience I had 2 weekends ago , riding 55-60 mph thru 2-3 footers I hit a boat roller that seemed easy to just accelerate over but it created a pocket hole and came down hard though I quickly gave it gas to skip thru and rehook , it threw me forward somewhat my chest hit the crossbar pad no problem but my left shoulder hit that fuckin metal bracket that adjusts the crossbar as the pad doesn't cover that area .I was in agony and came back to the docks I could barely turn the steering wheel to bring the ski out of the water and put on the trailer .Went to the doctor for X-rays no broken bone or separated shoulder but need an MRI to see how bad muscle tissue is damage or tendon or ligament damage there is ,I'll be out for 3-4 wks at least with a endurance race at the end of Sept in jeopardy ..

    So that being said if you have a stock HBs then your good leave it and make adjustments to make the Sloppy steering firmer written by our Aussie contributors if you have the aftermarket like the Rivas or Farthing just put some foam padding or an extended foam pad to cover those brackets as I will do ... Just thought I mention this as this metal protrudes out somewhat and can be a hazard ..

    Btw the 310R has the racing HBs but no brackets it's just the thin bar for the padding ...

    heres a a few photos of what I mean of the adjustable brackets on the left and right side of the padding..
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    Best way to avoid this issue totally Dave

    Use fat bars , they don't have that stupid cross bar at all

    thats the main reason why I don't run those style of bars you have shown in your post

    i person think those style look old school cheap now anyways.

    Glad to hear your OK , last be off o had with a buddy was a separated pectorial muscle.


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    Sounds painful man, glad you aren't injured further. Boat wakes are always a tricky endeavor as they are always at weird angles, and on a busy day they like to cross making that pocket you described.

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    thanks guys for your concern��...Don't get me wrong I luv the Riva upper steering and HBs like others no loose steering it's just the padding needs to be improved , the Riva chin pad was horrible was like toilet paper I went with the Renthal or Pro Taper with silicone impact padding but was meant only to cover the bar to protect your chest and more important your face not those brackets ,I since bought 11" padding to overlap the brackets not the 8.5" that was meant to fit on the crossbar...

    the 310r crossbar is welded so less protruded or raised metal..
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    Good heads up Dave! Just put the whole set up on my ski and been doing lots of wave breaking using caution with these bars is a must. But I love the feel of it! Hope your shoulder gets healed up for your bout with the race!

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    Here's a little more padding on the bottom photo had to use zip ties to cover padding over brackets..
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