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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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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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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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Also in addition of the J&P handle bars was the Kuryakyn Premium floorboards which this combo made my riding the last 10,000mi. of ownership a real pleasure on the ole' Spirit. As you see in the pic I stripped the ole girl before selling her. Sold all the piece's to you folks or transferred to the Valk. That's the way she looked when she left.
 

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ummm...

Actually it should be the opposite of what you are saying here. The buckhorn style bars are very easy to counter-steer at speed by simply pushing down. The difficulty is with very slow parking lot style riding where you don't have the leverage of wider bars...

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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Has anyone found any other options for the original 'step down' buckhorns on a 85 VT1100? JP says they only have drag bars to fit it.
 

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Compare 87' model bars to the 03' model and they look virtually the same. Another words the "medium street" from J&P should work IF you have 1" bars.
 

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Has anyone found any other options for the original 'step down' buckhorns on a 85 VT1100? JP says they only have drag bars to fit it.

My apology to not seeing 85' year/model. Without changing controls to fit a regular 1" bar you're kinda limited to your choice of bars.
 
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