Narrower handlebars???

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by SlowRide13, May 30, 2010.

  1. SlowRide13

    SlowRide13 Veteran n00b

    Aug 19, 2009
    Lakemont, Georgia, USA
    I came from a dirt bike background- mostly fast woods riding, so I always liked my handlebars to be as narrow as possible. Now my F8 bars seem ridiculously wide to me- thinking about whacking an inch off each side.

    But I'm new to the street and to big bikes in general. Can anyone advise me on any possible ramifications from doing this?
    Thank you,
  2. Too Many Toys

    Too Many Toys Adventure Poseur

    Mar 25, 2002
    Just off the Lincoln hiway in Ioway & Mesa, AZ
    Have thought the same but haven't investigated yet (just picked up my 800GS this Thursday & this is a busy graduation weekend).

    I assume that you would lose the bar-end weight/hand guard mounting plug if you cut the bars. Or at least have to drill it deeper & re-tap. Also haven't looked to see if the controls are pinned to the bar. That would be another hassle.

    I'm thinking that I won't be doing single track on this bike :D so I will just adjust to the width & forego the hassles.
  3. Bartron

    Bartron 'Tenacious B' the Bike Punisher

    Oct 1, 2007
    I've thought about this as well as an explanation for my difficulty in generating as good a mediocre powerslide to the right compared to the left.

    I'll check the service dvd for you, but I think the grips are held in place with a screw into the bar - so at the very least you may have to drill and tap in another spot.

    EDIT: I was a few minutes off the above poster - sorry for the repetition. I really should learn to type faster.

    EDIT #2: Yup, both grips are screwed into the bar.
  4. huckleberry

    huckleberry BACK ROAD BOMBER

    Sep 19, 2008
    N.E. Pa.
    don't know about you guys but you might want to think aboutcutting them down if you offroad with bags, i know my bars are the same width as my bags and just the other day i caught the right bag on a big rock as a reminder as to just what a fat ass she is with bags!:lol3
  5. Trout

    Trout Been here awhile

    Nov 24, 2008
    SoCal (91356)
    I switched to Renthal Twinwall (I think RC high bend) bars - no problem. I don't know if/how much more narrow they are than stock, but the position - sweep and rise worked out prefect for me. Stock grips, etc all transferred over to the new bars no problem.

    Edit: I'm running Barkbusters with these bars (there is a specific kit for Renthal bars). BMW hand guards also work, but the part that clamps around the bar needs to be widened up some to fit the Renthals (they are larger in diameter).
  6. RAD800

    RAD800 Been here awhile

    Aug 24, 2008
    northern NSW, Australia
    On a big bike you need big bars imo, but i will go to RC high's like trout on both bikes.
    My Axis bars on the WR300 are about 2' shorter than my F8 ones so theres not a big diffrence width wise. Your going to lose leverage over the bike something you need on a 200+KG bike, its going to be twitchier, harder to comit the bike to a corner if your pushing your outside foot down. And you'll lose some low speed ballance as well.
    Of corse all this is relative to how much shorter your bars are, but its not that hard to adjust to the width you just need to turn through tight gaps.
  7. LaPorte

    LaPorte Been here awhile

    Jul 3, 2006
    Northern Ca.
    I too have thought about cutting off some bar end. My background is also off road and tight woods. I have the Bark Buster hand gards with the end caps and the bars look rediculously wide. On the positive side, with a tip over and I have had a couple of OH Sh*t, the bar width kept the plastic from touching the ground. So maybe I will just keep the Long Horns. Now I'll be one of those guys I use to point at and laugh.

    LaPorte :rofl