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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-25-2009, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, looking to change my handlebars on my 86 Vulcan, im after something thats a little more apehanger.. what bars off other bikes would work for my Vulcan??
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any 7/8" bar will work with minimum effort...i.e. might need longer throttle and clutch cable, splice in longer wires, and a longer brake line... if you move up to a larger diameter of bar more fabrication and new controls are in order
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There are a zillion different bars out there. Check www.denniskirk.com The main thing is, they have to be 7/8" diameter. If you are looking for taller bars, 7/8" ape hangers will fit in the stock clamps just fine, but you will need to do a lot of work and replace a lot of expensive parts. You will need a new brake line (Russel or Galfer), new throttle, clutch, and choke cables (Motion Pro), and you will need to extend all the wiring, which you will have to do yourself, or pay someone to do it. For just the bars, brake line, and cables, plan on spending $300 or more.

I saw a guy selling a set of tall ape hangers for a Harley on Craigslist for $600, a good part of that was in custom cables, hoses, and wiring (yes, you can actually get factory made wiring extensions for a lot of Harleys, Harley's are designed to be modified, unlike Japanese bikes). Jerry

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Slimvulcanrider, I just have to ask. Do you actually sit on that seat? Jerry.

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1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike
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no... the passenger seat had to go... it hit my backbone... but the solo seat is very comfortable... i made a 200 mile ride with out any discomfort... but like i said... after i pulled off the passenger backrest... I have the solo seat finished now... just need a digital camera to take a pic... but here is what it looks like after i finished padding it and removed the passenger pylon.
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