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Red face Switching to drag bars - what do I need?

I think I asked this question 3 years ago and now can't find the response, so here it is again: If I switch from my OEM bars to drag bars, what all do I need to change? Do I need new risers and new (shorter) clutch and throttle cables?

Six6six appears to have what I need, but I'm not entirely sure what all I should ask him for. Can someone be of service?

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I think I asked this question 3 years ago and now can't find the response, so here it is again: If I switch from my OEM bars to drag bars, what all do I need to change? Do I need new risers and new (shorter) clutch and throttle cables?

Six6six appears to have what I need, but I'm not entirely sure what all I should ask him for. Can someone be of service?

Thanks!
You need at least some risers,I used the factory brakelines and throttle cables,I did use a clutch cable off an older Kaw with a straight fitting where it attached to the handlebar lever rather than the curved one on the vn.

Also on the front brake manifold i switched ends and made the inlet the outlet and vice - verse to make the master cylinder hose go to the other side and use up the extra length,the throttle cables need to be rerouted and rotate the right control a little to get tank clearance,It really depends on how much riser you use.

I used a set of bikemaster bars from JC whitney, Daytona bend and skipped the risers ,they are low and about the same feel as drag bars without the risers,if you'll notice I cut the center out of the top bar clamp and filed and polished the caps to do away with the big kawasaki staring back at me

here's a link to my album and a view from the back so you can get an idea how it will feel ,I loved the way it felt and the extra control I had with my hands lower.Hope this helps

https://www.vn750.com/forum/album.php...&pictureid=464




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Thanks! Your bike looks awesome - and I'm definitely going for the improved handling that the drag bars offer. I've got drags on my Savage and absolutely love every second i spend on that bike, primarily because it handles so easily. So I'm hoping to achieve the same on my VN.

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Thanks! Your bike looks awesome - and I'm definitely going for the improved handling that the drag bars offer. I've got drags on my Savage and absolutely love every second i spend on that bike, primarily because it handles so easily. So I'm hoping to achieve the same on my VN.
I like 'em so well I just put a set of 900 custom bars or meanstreak (not sure which,they were new takeoffs ae the Kawi dealer) on my 1500 classic. It handles much better especially at parking lot speeds.As you can tell by the way my750 was setup ,functionality wins out over form.And I like different.




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I'm all about function, but I really like the looks of your bike. There's an interesting dichotomy in American culture, however: beautiful and useless; not-so-pretty but functional. Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan come to mind as part of the former category; for those of us who've been married for a long time, all of us - spouses and us alike - fall into the latter group. I rather like the company I'm in! :

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Sorry I'm late on this... But answering the title question...

A feathered boa if you're a guy and a fake moustache if you are a girl?

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Sorry I'm late on this... But answering the title question...

A feathered boa if you're a guy and a fake moustache if you are a girl?
I bow to your, experience in such matters,I wouldn't know about those drag bars




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Sorry I'm late on this... But answering the title question...

A feathered boa if you're a guy and a fake moustache if you are a girl?
LOL

Sorry, but if you're not doing a complete Cher impersonation, it just won't be sufficient!

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lol I didn't even see that one coming. Too funny.

Cindy, You'll have to post a pic when you get it set up & of course report on the improvement of handeling.
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