Been mountain biking for a long time, but just starting to learn to ride. I'm 6'4", about 250 in street clothes and have an '02 YZ250. I went with a Renthal RC High bar to get the bars up high enough to stand comfortably. With my weight balanced on the pegs, in a standing attack position, it seemed my hands wanted to be farther forward then they were, even with the bar rotated somewhat forward. I have driven some seriously fast cars and am comfortable with a lot of throttle, but on the bike, it seemed like I was always behind it, even with modest throttle inputs. I prefer to stand much of the time on my mountain bike, but I was really uncomfortable standing on the YZ. Even though some things seemed to work a lot better standing, it seemed like I had to hang onto the bars and pull myself forward too much. Eventually, I ended up having a whiskey throttle get-off. Safety gear all worked awesome, just a couple scratches in between my sleeve and glove. As I was putting the controls back together (replacing a broken brake lever), I was checking the bar position, and noticed that with the bars where they were, with my arms in a comfortable attack position, my hands wanted to be about two inches forward of the grips. Moving my hands back to hold the grips shifted my c.g. so I had to hold onto the grips to keep from falling backward. If I pulled my body forward to stay balanced, it would be totally unnatural and akward, with poor leverage on the bars, not good. I didn't do this before, because I'd read some comments about steering getting weird when the bars are too far forward. I got a set of Rox risers and installed them almost all the way forward, only a little bit up. Had to trim the upper edge of the number plate to make room for the cables and risers, but everything moves freely lock to lock and there doesn't appear to be any need for custom long cables. Now, when I stand on the pegs in a balanced attack position, the bars are perfectly centered in my hands. I can open my grip and float, with the bars staying centered in the grip, not touching them. Perfectly natural and comfortable. No need to grip the bike between my legs to hold position. It seems intuitively that I have it right. The reason I was always "behind" the bike is because I was already falling backward before anything even happened. I had to use the bars to stay with the bike, so I was a lot more prone to whiskey throttle than I should have been. Now, I should be able to easily and naturally shift my weight forward and backward when needed. Hoping to get my buddy to go out to the desert with me to work on basic skills this weekend. I have also installed an 11-oz Steahly, more for help on the singletrack when I get back to it than to moderate the throttle response. I am not really looking for crutches - I'm committed to building the skill to ride well. I've read a few threads on whiskey throttle, and had already worked out some drills to practice (clutch in) to try to build some instincts to help me out on the trail. Anyone have comments on this setup before I go?