DR650 (06) teach me about aftermarket handlebars.

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by joshinthecity, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. joshinthecity

    joshinthecity www.joshinthecity.com

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    Hey guys,
    Loving this forum and loving my bike.
    Mods so far:
    IMS tank.
    Corbin seat
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    jetting (I gots lots of pops)
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    The usual.

    I was out shopping for aftermarket bars today and came home more confused than when I left.
    What I want is something stronger/lighter/higher (probably without a crossbar if I can)
    Seems that I need the bars, plus a bar riser to make it all fit.

    What I need from the brains trust is some advice on the style/brand/bend. Seems to me that the basic risers will give a 1 inch lift, posible negating the need for a very high bar. But please feel free to chime in with your thoughts and experiences.
    I'm very keen to hear what has and hasn't worked for you guys.. I'm a big bloke, 6 ft, 120kg (260lbs)

    In Oz, it seems to cost out at the following:
    Bars. $120-$170 AU (Renthal etc)
    risers. $40-50.
    Labour to get someone else to do the hard work for me $50. (the best value of all probably)

    Tell me all...

    Thanks in advance,
    Josh.
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  2. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    Yah might find something on it here http://banditmotorcycles.com/v-web/bulletin/bb/index.php
    I got renthals high jimmy something or other bend on mine - no risers the higher you go the more you are likely you are to need to play around with cables etc. Do it yourself - it aint difficult.
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  3. ADVJake

    ADVJake ***** dweller

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    Hey Josh,

    I have Renthal twinwalls on the DRZ, walked into MCAS parramatta and asked "give me your tallest bars" I ended up with Renthal twin walls in RC high bend. The fatbar adapters also bring them up abit. I'm 6ft as well and they are pretty right.
    You should try to put them on yourself, learn more about the bike, and can put on some nice soft comfy grips.
    The stock bars are rubbish, i bent them in my first minor drop on the 650. The twinwalls are indestructable. Launching the DRZ out of a 5ft deep rut, up and out into the air a further 3 ft and landing on its side. No bend!
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  4. bitterjoe

    bitterjoe killing the fatted calf

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    I have used the CR-High bend for my bikes for a long time. I am 6' 1". I currently have a pair of ProTaper SE on mine ride and really like them. You could go with the Taperwall and get no crossbar, but you would need to change risers for fatter bars. ProTaper has a nice chart on their website that outlines the bend (width, height, and pullback) to help you decide.
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  5. joshinthecity

    joshinthecity www.joshinthecity.com

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  6. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    I really like pro-taper bars in CR-Mini High which happens to be indenticle to the semi-new "woods-high" bend. They are 30.5" wide with plenty of room for controlls, switches etc and higher than most any stock bar but without a lot of sweep. The full specs are published online for all the pro-taper bends. I've been using pro-tapers since the mid-1990's and am very fond of the bars. They are very durable, light and look good to boot:deal
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  7. scootertrash

    scootertrash Mobile Homie

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    There a million ways to go with bars, as long as it involves dumping the junk stock noodle. I got Renthal RM bend 7/8" diameter bars with the crossbar. I got dirtly.com risers and the setupo works great for this 6'2" dude. I finished it with Moose racing alu handguards and gel grips + grip heaters..

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  8. oldasdirt

    oldasdirt Been here awhile

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    I'm pretty sure a Renthal in a Honda CR hi-bend would easily give you the inch lift you want. You want a bit higher go with the RC bend. oldasdirt:D
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  9. FatChance

    FatChance Road Captain

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    I put on some Pro Taper SE 7/8" bars with the KX HI bend, about $60 USD. Love them!

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  10. Speaker

    Speaker Been here awhile

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    i just have the stockers. what's the big deal? :dunno
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  11. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

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    Stock handlebars suck, they bend very easy and they are too wide

    I have about $60 in this set-up

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    Tusk aluminum bars (cut down too 29"), no name ebay aluminum barkbusters, with Maier sheilds
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  12. kiwi-gordon

    kiwi-gordon Been here awhile

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    Took my girlfriends DR650 for a blast in the bush. It was a week old and fully stock, came over a hill and hit a 4X4 rut in the track lost the front end and went down :cry . Bent the bars so easy. She now has the Renthal Raptor bars, the same as my DR great for touring and very comfortable for when you need to get out of the saddle. She now wants me to take her bike out and dent the tank so I will need to replace that with a Safari. :lol3

    Gordon
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  13. oremike

    oremike Motorcyclest

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    I'm running the Pro Taper SE 7/8 bar. I'm 6'3" and 260lbs they work great for me.
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  14. soboy

    soboy Long timer

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    Plus 1 on the ProTaper SE with the CR-High bend - that is what I have on my '06 DR650 and I love them. Much better than the stock pos bar.
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  15. Tudelum48

    Tudelum48 Been here awhile

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    What series of the Pro Taper Se bars are you running? I'm 6'3" also and would like to know which ones to pickup.

    :gerg
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  16. VT-OregonTransplant

    VT-OregonTransplant Adventurer

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    Yup i am six foot six and my POS Suzuki handle bars are very bent and crippled. My 'friends' say i look 'special' when i ride..

    I am going to use the powermadd 2 inch risers and am looking for the flattest 1 1/8 set of handle bars i can. and preferably ones that taper down to 7/8th is that possible?
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  17. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    They all taper down to 7/8.Otherwise the controls would not fit.
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  18. VT-OregonTransplant

    VT-OregonTransplant Adventurer

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    I wasnt sure. thanks
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