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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 07-01-2012, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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So, I recently got the "bike modification" bug and decided the best place to start would be replaceing the handle bars with something more comfortable.

I am a tall guy and have unnaturally long arms. My wings-span is at least my heighth (6ft 2in). The stock bars are ok, but I feel cramped; so, I figure some sort of ape-hangar bar would be good. However, I have zero knowledge on the dimensions of the bar I need to make my ride more enjoyable. I am hoping someone of similar size could chime in.

Also, with a bar swap, what will I need to about the bar controls?

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Our bars are 7/8 " diameter, and as I remember previous discussions on this forum, present cables only have 4-6" slack for Ape bars modification.
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Might want to try the bar trick.. Sit on your bike and close your eyes. Put your hands out to your most comfortable riding position without thinking about it to much.. Once you have this feeling that is just right for you open your eyes.. This will give you a real good idea on the on how high, wide and bend for your hands..

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Might want to try the bar trick.. Sit on your bike and close your eyes. Put your hands out to your most comfortable riding position without thinking about it to much.. Once you have this feeling that is just right for you open your eyes.. This will give you a real good idea on the on how high, wide and bend for your hands..
Good idea. I remember correctly, the stock bar sits just below chest level, with my hands just behind the knees. I would like to have my hands up at chest level or a hari higher with my hands at or forward of my knees.

I have not had the luxury of trying different bike setups. The KLR650 I owned prior had a setup I liked. The Honda 1300C I owned before the KLR had a nice setup as well. I can't see a fatty bar looking good on the 750 mainly due to the small size of the bike. I think if the stock bars were more perpendicular to the bike, I would be more comfortable.

If I were to get a bar that forced me to extend the cables and brake lines, would it be an easy fix? I figure the cables wouldn't be too bad, but what about the front brak lines?

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I think if you go over a 12" ape type bar you'll need longer cables. There were a few posts on this awhile back with info on those that made these mods. Perhaps a search might find them.?

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the bars on mine came of a gl1000 and have about an 11"rise.the cables are at about there limit.i am 6' and my hands rest about breast(heh heh he said breast)level.i also have a lowered seat from an old sportster

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you might want to try loosening the bars and pushing them forward a little. loosen your clutch cable by the clutch lever first to you dont stretch the cable. im 6'5" and that helped out alot(gets the bars away from the knees) good luck


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i have my bars a little forward too

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you might want to try loosening the bars and pushing them forward a little. loosen your clutch cable by the clutch lever first to you dont stretch the cable. im 6'5" and that helped out alot(gets the bars away from the knees) good luck
I thought about that; but, I think ape hangars would be sweet. It would give an excuse to ditch the dumb rubber grips for something nicer looking. Kind of curious, since the bar mount only accepts 7/8 bars, what would be the best way to adapted 1 inch accessories to the bar?

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what would be the best way to adapted 1 inch accessories to the bar?
...Harley type risers...Drag Specialties has em as does V-Twin Mfg. New levers and throttle. Electric controls. Etc. IMO easier to just use the 7/8 setup and play around with different bars. my local (40 miles) Kawi dealer has stock bars for sale at discounts from those who bought new, but wanted different bars. I think you might like the Vulcan Drifter bars. Buddy of mine has one and they felt nice when I sat on it (Im 6'1"). I also cut the foam back in my seat almost 3"....helped a lot.




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