Airhead Handlebars

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

  1. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    Update to my reply back in 2009...

    I scored some aluminum alloy bars for mid-90s Ducati M900 ( owned one for 6 years myself) for a good price. Put them on the ST immediately before a 1400 mile round trip test ride to the Old's Cool Spring fling up in TN.

    Perfect set up for me! I already knew I liked that bend from experience with my Monster. But the surprise payoff was that the new body position also makes the stock seat almost comfortable for 12-13 hour days.
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  2. the velvet hammer

    the velvet hammer airhead @ heart

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    I switched from some taller bars to low/wide sidecar bars on my 100s (w/ a sidecar)--I switched from a set of /2, taller bars that were on the bike. I love the low/wide bars for comfort and riding position! The cables didn't need to be changed, maybe by luck, but maybe the height traded for the width (?).

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    More photos here if you want:
    http://thevelvethammer.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/r100s-bmw-sidecar/12399121_3ngFtD#886821768_Hxwxa
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  3. Country Doc

    Country Doc Wanderer

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    Looks good Rob. I'm looking for something part way between the US high bars and my current S bars on my /5 which I find slightly too low and forward, especially with the Corbin seat.

    Where did you get the t3 bars? Any specific model? Any mods to make them work on the BMW?

    dc
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  4. Hi Viz Guy

    Hi Viz Guy Be Seen and Be Safe

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    just ordered a set of Euro-Bars from my local tucker rocky guy for my r90 Winter "project" bike... what a difference a MM makes!!!!
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  5. Dolly Sod

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

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    Wow, forgot about this thread.. As an update I ended up with a set of daytona bars as reccomended by Bigger Al in this post..

    LINK

    I had to sand the throttle tube area of the bars some to allow for free rotation of the throttle tube. I love the bars, exactly what I was looking for, and at $23 bucks or so, definitely the right price.


    So, in fact, in the OP of this thread I was wrong, you can buy just any old set of bars, you just gotta remove a little material from under the throttle tube. Everything else works just fine.
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  6. craydds

    craydds Long timer

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    The Beemer bars are 22 mm. A 7/8" bar is 22.225 mm. Some say that the extra 0.225 mm is a problem. What say the inmates?
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  7. craydds

    craydds Long timer

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    I also would like to find another handlebar. Pictured is the "S" bar below and the "RS" bar above:
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    I want a flat bar (no rise) like the RS bar, but with less pull-back than the original RS bar. See the RS pull-back compared to the S bar? It has way too much pull-back and hits the gas tank when turning to full lock, actually hits the tank before the steering stops hit. The pull-back on the S bar is just right, but I want a flat bar. I will go out and make some measurements and drawings so I have some dimensions on width, pull-back, etc. I see suppliers listed in some of the posts above; will I have any luck finding what I need? Can someone custom bend a handlebar for me?
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  8. Prutser

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    Two examples of Rizoma handle bars, one mounted on an R100R the other on an R80.
    They are great IMO.

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  9. Dolly Sod

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

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    Sand down the throttle area :deal
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  10. craydds

    craydds Long timer

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    :thumb:thumb:thumb
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  11. craydds

    craydds Long timer

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    That is a good looking bar! Not much rise - good. Is that the Rizoma MA010? Also, what mounts are required to bolt to the top plate?
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  12. Prutser

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    They are the MA005 The MA010 didn't exist when I mounted these. And the little bit of lift helps to keep the switches from hitting the tank.
    AZ405 is the type of mount.
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  13. Mr. B.

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  14. craydds

    craydds Long timer

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    Thanks! :thumb
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  15. supershaft

    supershaft because I can

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    I like K1 bars on airheads.
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  16. AntonLargiader

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    Your bike? If so, what did you do with the instruments? I like that.
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  17. craydds

    craydds Long timer

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    Cash, looks like that bar might work for me - http://www.bikemaster.com/handlebars.html - bar "H" on that bikemaster page. Do your handgrips/controls clear the gas tank at full lock? That is my problem with the RS bar.
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  18. JonnyCash

    JonnyCash turd polisher

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    Very astute there! I did have to raise up the bar clamps to make the Magura (I think you've got the Magura, too) MC. The problem was not the clearance with the tank(I have a toaster tank). There was a clearance problem with the banjo fitting on the MC and the fork spring caps. I made a pair of little spacers out of 1/4" aluminum flat bar which fit between the lower clamp pad and the top plate of the triple. If you go way back to the thread I started a long time ago, you might be able to see the spacers in my pictures, but they hide well.


    Oh my God there's an awful lot of snow out there.
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  19. craydds

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    Sounds cool, Cash. I will look at your thread. Please, keep all that snow away from me! brrrr....
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  20. Prutser

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    Thank you Anton,

    Not my bike. It was my girlfriends bike.
    IMO the stock dash was to high and didn't look ok with the old style headlight mounts I used get the headlight a bit lower, and to get rid of the original plastic mounts. Also used an R80 mono headlight to fit the ignition switch and give it a cleaner look.
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