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Old 12-19-2012, 09:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wanting to change handlebars.. Anyone got pics of different styles and such on there bikes i could see how they look?
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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see sig pic: Bars are OEM Harley 10" apes on Kawi Vulcan 1500 risers.
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I recommend searching for a local place where a lot of bikers ride to and hang around looking at the different styles. There are a few places here i go to and enjoy just spending a few hours watching the different bikes.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Wanting to change handlebars..
Maybe if you explained what it is about your current bars you don't like you might get some useful suggestions. And if you just want to change for change's sake it doesn't much matter what you replace them with. Just like in Wonderland:

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On the Cruiser Customizing website there are lots of different types, shapes & sizes of handlebars for sale, of course, but even more helpful than just looking at those, on the product detail pages for most of them are several embedded videos in which they discuss the topic of changing out your bars and the reasons prompting some folks to do that, what 'look' they may be trying to achieve, which bars have been found to provide improvements for some riders in terms of handling & comfort, etc.

Plus, if you go to YouTube and search 'handlebars' or 'motorcycle handlebars' I bet you'll be able to find a number of other vid clips on that same topic.
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Why do you want to change the bars? Looks, comfort or control.
Me I really could care less how the bars look if I'm not comfortable or have control. My point is.. The most important part of picking a set of bars is where they let you rest your hands. How they look on somebody elses bike realy not going to help, much.
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Why do you want to change the bars? Looks, comfort or control.
Me I really could care less how the bars look if I'm not comfortable or have control. My point is.. The most important part of picking a set of bars is where they let you rest your hands. How they look on somebody elses bike realy not going to help, much.
Exactly! Comfort and control should be the main focus!
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Comfort and looks mostly not into the big beach bar look of the stock ones. And im fairly tall so i feel like im slumped down with my hand by my thighs.. I put on a 8" forward controle kit just to get some of the bend out of my knees.. I dont think i want apes because i see them on every bike around here.. But im not sure how some other styles would look
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Sit on the bike with your eyes closed and hold your arms out in a comfortable position, then open your eyes and see where your hands are relative to your existing grips, i.e., higher, further back, etc. Bars have several dimensions and by adding or subtracting from your existing bars you can see how you might want any one or all of these dimensions changed. Then shop for the bars that fit your needs.

Take a look at this which should illustrate what I mean: Image Search Results for handlebar dimensions

That's how I size myself for bars. And I don't mean saloons.
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:25 AM   #10 (permalink)
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