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Old 07-09-2014, 12:54 PM   #1
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Kawasaki Z900 handlebar diameter

I would assume that the handlebars on a Kawasaki Z900 are 22mm diameter but am just double checking that they are not 7/8", can somebody confirm either way?
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:03 PM   #2
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Except for Harleys, all the major manufacturers used 7/8" handlebars. This was so manufacturers could standardize control measurements (throttle, lever perches for the clutch and brake levers). This was so even for the metric markets (like yours), much the same like tire and wheel diameters are still measured in inches.

Things did not change until the '80s, when the manufacturers went to fat bars - but even then the controls are 7/8".
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:14 PM   #3
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Yes, Zed's are 22mm.
If you use a generic 7/8" bar, it will bolt up fine but you will get a small gap at both the clamps on the top yoke and also at the wiring blocks, the OEM Kwak bars don't have this.
It will be noticed at a Concourse event, and for me personally it shits me, you may not mind.
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