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I'm considering switching to 8" ape hangers on my 86' VT1100C. I'm concerned about loosing handling or getting numb hands. Anyone have any experience with these?
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Hello,
I'm considering switching to 8" ape hangers on my 86' VT1100C. I'm concerned about loosing handling or getting numb hands. Anyone have any experience with these?

Some people are affected by just a difference in hand height of an inch (like myself), while some can ride all day with a foot of difference in hand height. It all comes down to the individual, his age, his joints, shoulders, rotator cuffs, posture, etc. So the only way you will ever know for sure is to try them out for yourself, since none of us are built exactly alike. It's a lot like asking people their opinions on how they like their red bikes because you are thinking of painting it that color.
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Hello,
I'm considering switching to 8" ape hangers on my 86' VT1100C. I'm concerned about loosing handling or getting numb hands. Anyone have any experience with these?
I dont know if you've considered this and I dont know how tall/short the OEM bars are on your 86, but swapping the bars may require at best just a small amount of rerouting some wires/cables, or at worst replacing some to add length. It may not be a simple swap out.

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Ive personally never liked ape hangers, the higher you hang your hands the more you stretch out your upper body creating a bigger wind sail meaning the faster you go the harder you have to hang on as the wind tries to push you off the bike resulting in more fatigue. I suppose a windshield would help that but in my mind a windshield and ape hangers is an oxymoron.

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These aren't classified/called Ape's but sure do improve comfort and low speed handling w/o cable swap on my Vt1100C.

https://www.jpcycles.com/product/5000066/j-p-cycles-1-chrome-8-1-2-custom-street-medium-handlebar






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These are 8" riser mini-apes that doesn't effect the cables. 7/8" Mini Ape Hanger Handlebars | Chopper & Bobber Parts

These are "80's bike style bars that also don't effect the cables. https://www.denniskirk.com/bikemaste...rd/5901163.sku
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These aren't classified/called Ape's but sure do improve comfort and low speed handling w/o cable swap on my Vt1100C.

https://www.jpcycles.com/product/5000066/j-p-cycles-1-chrome-8-1-2-custom-street-medium-handlebar



I'm looking for bars for my VT1100C that have less of a 'buckhorn' angle to the grips. I'm looking for less 'pointy downy' and more 'stickie outy to the side' How much different are your bars to the original buckhorns it came with?

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A nite and day difference. You'll really like them. If you seen the pic @ J&P you'll notice that the grip area is parallel with the bridge area.

https://www.hondashadow.net/forum/72-technical-discussion/171466-vt1100c-handlebars-good-bad-buckhorn-pain.html




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A nite and day difference. You'll really like them. If you seen the pic @ J&P you'll notice that the grip area is parallel with the bridge area.

https://www.hondashadow.net/forum/72-technical-discussion/171466-vt1100c-handlebars-good-bad-buckhorn-pain.html

That's exactly what I'm looking for. Slow speed maneuvering doesn't give me the problem. At riding speed, ever since I've had this bike, I am not able to countersteer it like every other bike I've ever had.


I've always counter steered by pushing the hand grip down to the ground like I was making the bike lean. It's natural, and intuitive. With these damn buckhorns, I can push down all day (more like a pull down) all day and the bike wont steer. For me, it's an accident waiting to happen as I've never had buckhorns on any bike I've ever had, and I've had plenty.


I'm going to order them on your recommendation. Thanks!
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I went with the "low" version of the bars h13man's got... I always called these "mini-apes". Pics below of original bars vs the low custom street bars. These made a world of difference riding - they feel like what I think a motorcycle should feel like, and you can't beat J&P's price
https://www.jpcycles.com/product/500...-low-handlebar
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