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Old 09-06-2013, 07:00 AM   #1
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Dirt Bike Style Handlebars on your Streetbike

Who has changed your handlebars to more of a dirt bike style? - made them wider and possibly higher and more pulled back?

Can you show pics and pros/cons of the handling changes.

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Old 09-06-2013, 07:20 AM   #2
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I did.

I have a 99 Sportster. I put Biltwell motobars on it. I love them. Finished the change out with bar end weights which change the felt vibration and installed a pair of progrip 721s. I'm 55 yrs old and reaching out to the stock bars was beginning to be a pain. I can't post pics, but they look and feel great. If you come from a dirt bike back ground as I do, this is a worthy investment. Links to my sources;
http://www.biltwellinc.com/index.php...t_detail&p=181

http://www.manicsalamander.com/products.aspx

http://lnx.progrip.com/site/products/duo-density-road
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:37 PM   #3
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Fastdadio: Those bars look very cool on a Harley. Yes, I grew up riding dirt and I'm looking for some new bars for my Bandit 1200. I love it's motor, but just haven't been able to get used to the stock bars.

Here are some pics of your bars on a Harley Scrambler:



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Old 09-06-2013, 04:40 PM   #4
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:53 PM   #5
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What kind of bike?
I'm doing the Convertybar swap on my R1. They have a lot of adjustability.
http://www.convertibars.com/how-it-works.php

I haven't finished yet since I just had some custom blocks made so I can lift the front fairing about 2 inches, where the mirrors mount. I can post a picture if you want.
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:00 PM   #6
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I've got a Suzuki Bandit 1200s that I want to keep. Really like the motor. Have been looking at Dale's comfort Touring Bars. But, I would also like to see options that look and feel kind of like dirt bike bars.

(Yes those Triumph Triples are sweet, but I want to try to keep my Bandit)
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:00 PM   #7
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What kind of bike?
I can post a picture if you want.
Yes, please do.
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:21 AM   #8
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The angle of the picture makes the bike look weird, when I finish the project I will will do a small build thread.
Anyways, it is about a 5 inch raise on the picture, and you can see the custom blocks under the mirrors.

Wow, I didn't realize how bad that picture is! lol



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Old 09-07-2013, 09:37 AM   #9
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Convertibars

That looks like a standard set of Convertibars on the R1. My preference, due to the adjustability - much better than a dirt-bike style fixed bar. Apex makes something similar, too.
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:35 PM   #10
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:21 PM   #11
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The angle of the picture makes the bike look weird, when I finish the project I will will do a small build thread.
Anyways, it is about a 5 inch raise on the picture, and you can see the custom blocks under the mirrors.

Wow, I didn't realize how bad that picture is! lol



Okay...that's kinda badass. In an old man needing comfort way.
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:50 PM   #12
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Okay...that's kinda badass. In an old man needing comfort way.
Yeah it is! LOL
This summer is 22 years of riding and I usually put a good 150-220 miles on it on sundays.
Planning a trip around the South West, 4 states, 3500 miles, maybe 6 and 4500 miles.
Luggage racks hols Givi hard bags.

Oh yeah, check out the footpegs, they are Buell and lower the peg about an inch.
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:25 PM   #13
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I was thinking of doing almost the exact same mods for my next bike, only on a ZX-10. And the Buell pegs off a Uly.

Almost bought another inmates R1, but he had the LSL triple & bar kit.
The Convertibars I like more, if nothing else because of the clearance and not having to cut the fairing issues.
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:13 PM   #14
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The angle of the picture makes the bike look weird, when I finish the project I will will do a small build thread.
Anyways, it is about a 5 inch raise on the picture, and you can see the custom blocks under the mirrors.

Wow, I didn't realize how bad that picture is! lol




Now THAT is cool. If I had been able to modify the bars on my Ninja 500 like that I'd probably still have it. It was easier to just trade it for a cruiser.
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Old 09-07-2013, 05:08 PM   #15
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Who has changed your handlebars to more of a dirt bike style? - made them wider and possibly higher and more pulled back?
Can you show pics and pros/cons of the handling changes.
I went with mini MX bars on my naked SV1000. They are higher, wider, and straighter (less pull back). The stock bars hurt my wrists and were still a little low. I am quite tall and have long arms, so the reach is not a problem. The tapered bars required different mounts, but they are much stronger than the 7/8" bars.



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