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Undercover Sportbiker
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What's going on Vulcaneers! Tonight I plan on going for my firts "ride" since the near disaster / drop from a while ago. I have my baby put back together (haven't swapped out hte clutch lever yet...) and she's actually running. One thing that I found out earlier today that I wasn't aware of before is that I apparently bent my handle bars. When the front tire is straight ahead, the triple trees are straight, but the left bar is kinda wonky. I had been thinking about new bars for a while since I have heard some good things about aftermarket ones and don't particularly care for the stockers. What I need help on is understanding the terminology before I go and purchase a new set.

The Bikemaster bars on JCW site say "4", Rise: 3.04", Pullback: 3", Bend: Superbike, Width: 29.2" Handlebar"

The Flanders bars on the cyclepages site says "Height: 4.5"/Pull Back: 10.5"/Center: 5"/Width: 32.5"/ 2. Knurled/Dirt Track"

I have no idea (well, maybe a little bitty bit of an idea) what the numbers really mean. Can someone offer guidance? I'm really more interested in which bars would fit best on the bike, because at the end of the day that means more than the definition of the measurements. Watching Americna Chopper hasn't helped..... Thanks!
 

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Thanks KM! I'm gonna file that in my options list. Right now I'm **very** frustrated with the whole flooded rear cyl issue. I'm gonna tear the carbs apart again and see if ti can be fixed without a full rebuild. Once the engine is finally back up to spec I'll start on the remaining upgrades/mods if I don't lose my mind in the process.
 

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It's also possible that you didn't bend your bars but flexed your forks a bit.

I know that when I played slip and slide with my bike last year I swore that I'd bent the bars but it turned out the forks had flexed in their frame. Just a MM or two out of whack can translate to pretty wonky handlebars.

Fixed the mess by loosening associated bolts (triple tree and fender), putting the front tire between my legs, and yanking the mess back into alignment.

mmm... coffee's ready... too late a night... even if a sober one (nothing like going to a bar and not drinking)
 

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Does this help understand the terminology?...

 

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That is exactly what I needed to understand. I'm glad to see that my figuring turned out to be pretty "right on" as it were.
 
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