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Old 09-21-2013, 06:00 PM   #1
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Ape Hangers Safe / Comfortable?

A newb question here....

Just wondering. See riders with these high bars on and it looks awkward, but the rider always looks very comfortable. But how does a bike fitted out like this handle? Maybe no different but idk?

Anybody ride with these or have any experience or opinions concerning safety and comfort and handling? Coming from a newbie POV it just seems an odd choice if no real advantage over conventional bars. However maybe on a bike it really doesn't matter?

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Old 09-21-2013, 06:09 PM   #2
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My 2 cents...
I tested my buddies HD super something screaming eagle. He has ape bars on his very comfortable but due to height of angle my hands tend to fall asleep. Not for me but my buddy loves them. He is more of a showboat so he may be used them for the way they look.
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:11 PM   #3
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Just like everything else, they can be overdone. I would guess the extreme ones are hard to handle. Seems to me they would throw off balance, but some do well with them. I also don't like anything where my arms are fully extended no matter the height. Might actually want to turn the thing. LOL

As for comfort, they are very comfortable, if done right. I like my handlebars higher. Short arms and long torso, they let me sit straighter and give a little arm bend. Somewhere between heart and shoulders. I am able to run parking lot maneuvers well with the set up and do LD rides as well. Less pressure on the back.

Clear as mud? LOL I feel your pain. Short answer, yes they are safe and comfortable if not overdone.
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:20 PM   #4
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Ive got 22" ape hangers on my DR,cant see a problem with them.


My arm pits stay dry,if I hit something hard the bars will keep me from launching off the front of the bike.

Whats not to like?
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:27 PM   #5
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These look real comfy to me.





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Old 09-21-2013, 06:33 PM   #6
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If that isnt the stupidest looking settup Ive seen,I dont know what is.

But Yeah,Ape Hangers are great.
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:37 PM   #7
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I have mini apes on my cruiser and feel that they are comfortable and safe.

Most critics have no ownership experience, you would get a more accurate answer on a cruiser forum where peopleactually have owned these bikes rather than just people guessing.
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:53 PM   #8
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I tried them in a few heights, and have ridden bikes with taller ones. Don't like them much over 10", my V-Star has bars similar to mini apes with about 7" of rise, feels fairly normal, maybe a bit too high and back for freeway comfort without a screen.
There is some compromise in handling as they get taller, a little vague in feedback and sensitive to unintentional input. Rode a bike with 26" apes, it felt downright dangerous.
On old school choppers with a raked and stretched front it isn't as bad.. I'm skeptical about claims of comfort with the really tall ones, but others claim RR sportbikes are comfortable too, some folks are freaks

.Here in Washington state, the legal limit is 16"
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:57 PM   #9
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I imagine the less extreme apes are safe in the hands of a skilled rider, but they still look stupid!



My friend next to her friend's bike.

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Old 09-21-2013, 09:35 PM   #10
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I imagine the less extreme apes are safe in the hands of a skilled rider, but they still look stupid!



My friend next to her friend's bike.

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Raising the bars an inch or two makes the handling worse. Ape hangers are for stupid assholes.
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:30 PM   #11
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Raising the bars an inch or two makes the handling worse. Ape hangers are for stupid assholes.
Absolutely. I fucking hate people who make different choices than I do.
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:48 PM   #12
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There are acceptable ape hangers and there are strait up stupid ones, but hey, if it makes some people happy more power to them.

I've ridden a harley with shorter ape hangers that were about mid-chest high and the victory high ball which is about the same. Perfectly comfortable, you still have a perfectly fine field of vision and it's not awkward at all. That was my own personal experience.

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Old 09-21-2013, 11:00 PM   #13
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My daughter and I were driving be behind some aped-out chopper one day, when the rider slowed to execute a sharp left-hand turn into a trailer-park, and had to let go of the right grip to complete the turn.

She asked me: "Is that safe?"
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:24 AM   #14
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I think high ape hungers were band from the uk roads.


The highest bars I won't are mx bars on a sports bike
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:42 AM   #15
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The HD Street Bob has mini apes on it and those aren't too high. It's comfortable and still have good control through the corners. When I first got it I got sucked into thinking that I needed them higher but after moving to Missouri and getting into the twisties I realized that it wasn't smart if I wanted to keep any speed through some tight corners.

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