Airhead Handlebars

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Dolly Sod, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    I've got an R90/6 with American High Bars on it.
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    I'm looking for something a little more forward and about as wide. Nothing as narrow or forward as the European bars.

    I realize I can't just buy any old handlebar because of the 21mm size of the beemer bars, so what are the options out there?

    I heard someone mention a sidecar handlebar, but besides it being wider than the European bar(?), I don't know anything about it.

    Thanks
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  2. Armadillofz1

    Armadillofz1 Retarded Motardian

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    I use the euro bars from tucker rocky #110530

    under 20 bux and fit like a champ. they are a tad wider than my american bars but lower and a bit forward. i sanded the throttle side with 100 grit for 5 minutes and the throttle moves perfectly.
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  3. JWhitmore44

    JWhitmore44 pistolero

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    Can't help you on the bars, but that is a nice picture.

    I may have to check out those bars recommended by Armadillofz1 myself :thumb
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  4. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    I have the stock USA high bars on my R80 ST. Don't really like them becasue of the (to me) weird angles of the pullback and rise at the ends.

    I tried Euro low bars (Maguras for /5 era bikes). Too narrow, too low for my aging neck bones, and slightly too forward.

    I picked up a set of BMW F 650 GS bars a few months back. As soon as I get the ST back together soon, I'm going to give them a try. I like that shape bar as its very similar to the set on my F650 Funduro and it will be ever so slightly lower and forward of the stock USA bars. But not by too much. Given the common heritage of the R80 G/S and the ST, I'm thinking they may be my answer.

    A similar bend may work for your /6 if they are not too wide for your preferences.
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  5. batoutoflahonda

    batoutoflahonda Long timer

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    Have you looked at ATV bars?
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  6. Kismet

    Kismet vagrant philosopher

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    Lovely bike.

    Not gonna be much help since I've put "S" bars on all my twins. Wide enough, narrow enough, upright enough, lean a little bit. Some folks use a model of "K" bike bars, but it's been a while, can't specifiy which model.

    Good luck.

    Lovely bike.
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  7. JimX

    JimX .. .

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    I'm told that the BMW R100 Mystic bars might be close to what you are looking for, but BMW handlebar prices have gotten crazy stupid lately.

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    Flanders has a selection of 22mm BMW handlebars, with dimensions listed, on their website:

    http://www.sideroadcycles.com/ImportedMotorcycles/ImportHandlebars/ImportHandlebarsBMW.html

    Good luck!
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  8. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    Thanks, for the tip on the mystic bars.

    Yep, after I posted this I changed some of my search criteria and started getting hits to Flanders. Now I need to go dig out my other set of high bars and get some measurements so I know where to start from.
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  9. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    I've got Slideways flattrack bars on my R65 mono - while not very high,they are 33in wide,with a 9in sweep.I've had to run high bar (RT) throttle cables and upper choke cable,but everything else is stock.
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  10. Jasper ST4

    Jasper ST4 Guest

    The S bars work well for me, had them on my RS setup and now they are on a naked bike. I got some repos from Bob's BMW, which may be Flanders (sounds familiar). If so they are at least as good as stock.
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  11. kixtand

    kixtand Long timer

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    Have a look at the Low Sidecar bars that Flanders sells. They are wider than the S or Euro bars, and have less pullback.
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  12. ratsass

    ratsass n00b

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    Bike currently has the stock US bars. Looking for something a little lower and and wider. Have seen some folks discuss installing -- anyone gone ahead and done it?
    - Cable swap required?
    - Riding comfort / control impact?
    Thanks!!
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  13. JonnyCash

    JonnyCash turd polisher

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    I recently changed the bars on my /5, and didn't feel up to spending what all the metric bars cost. I got a set of drag bars, which have no rise and only slight pullback. They were made by a company called Bikemaster, and were nominally 7/8". I figured I'd have to sand/grind the chrome where the controls go, as I did a long time ago when I put clubmans on. To my delight and surprise, everything just slid right on with no work necessary. Bikemaster makes a whole bunch of different patterns, so I'm sure you could find something you like. I think I paid about $25 at Economy cycle, where I get parts for my RD350. They seem to be of good quality and appearance. Check them out and see what you think.
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  14. scarygary

    scarygary Drawing blanks

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    I tried out some Suzuki V-Strom bars on my R65 monolever. I had a set kicking around the garage and they seemed just about right. I was also looking for something higher and wider than the K75S bar that I had on (the S bar is not much different). They are probably in between the US high and the S bar.

    Controls, clamps and cables all work fine. I cut about 3/4" off each end to make them just right for me. I am sure you can find a good used set cheaply.

    They are about 1" higher and an inch or so wider than the K75S bars. The width in effect shortens the reach. A nice compromise between too low and too high.

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    K75S bars for comparison
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  15. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    Someone above mentioned the K bike "S" bars, which I have used on a couple of bikes... this is what they look like without the plastic fairing:

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    I installed them with a fair amount of turn "down", to give them a jaunty cafe look, but they can certainly be installed with more levelled grips!

    :D
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  16. photorider

    photorider Been here awhile

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    Have you tried just rotating the ones you have forward a bit? Not trying to sound like a smart-ass and you've probably already tried this but changing the angle on those high bars can make a big difference in riding position.
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  17. trophymoto

    trophymoto MACDADDY!

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    K75 C bars are a bit higher than s bars. A buddy of mine has them on his RS, nice fit!
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  18. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    What about R100GS bars, with the cross bar?
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  19. ratsass

    ratsass n00b

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    Thanks all - lots of great ideas here. Will play around w a few. Looking at gs bar dimensions, those might just do the trick.
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  20. Rob Farmer

    Rob Farmer Long timer

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    I had a pair of Guzzi T3 bars on my 90/6. They were a nice compromise between the Euro and US airhead bars.

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