2019 Electra glide standard

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  1. Hammerdown77

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    One of my big concerns with getting a Street Glide or other batwing fairing bike and putting a police seat on it was the handlebar situation. This was before I knew that a real FLHTP had a little higher handlebars. I thought the bars on the standard Street Glide with stock seat were already low; they'd be ridiculously low for me with the cop seat. The Road King, on the other hand, already had the heritage style bars on it that the cop Road King came with, so I knew it would be better. And then there was the whole changing bars on a fairing bike. Looked like a pain.

    That said, after having changed bars on my RK, and watched many videos of changing bars on a batwing fairing bike, I don't think it would bother me now. The Electra Glide bar change is certainly more involved than the Road King, but the concepts are the same, it's just a few extra steps to get the fairing out of the way.

    If you like the cop seat and think the bars need to go up, I'd contact KST and see what they recommend. 10" bars will put your hands right near the top of the fairing, so you still get protection. Your stem mirrors should then work fine as well.

    Taller bars will change the way you sit in the seat and the pressure points. I think the 14" bars on my Road King actually improved the cop seat comfort for me. It took away a pressure point that had been bothering me sometimes on longer rides.
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  2. Big John Sny

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    i think mine are 16" bars and I want them much lower, even with the police seat. I think I would prefer stock bars with the police seat. The current bars give me tyrannosaurus arms. If I rotate them forward they run into the windsheild and put my wrists at a funky angle. What height are the stock bars? I am thinking 8" would be right.
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  3. Traxx

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    Just got back from the 1st service. Took a 10" wind splitter for a demo ride and liked it enough to bring one home with me.
    I think that I will take a couple of rides with each seat and see how it goes.
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  4. dceggert

    dceggert Been here awhile

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    I have the 10" Windsplitter on my Ultra Limited as well. I noticed some high frequency helmet vibration at 75 MPH that I didn't notice with the stock shield but it wasn't real bad. I may try the adjustable Madstad next season so I can lower it when it gets hot. We shall see!
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  5. Hammerdown77

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    Harley claims the stock bars (Heritage Style) have a 12" rise, but I don't know how they get that number. The bars have so much upward sweep at the ends that if you lay them flat on a table and measure to the ends, it's like 16" of rise. However, if you position them like you'd have on the bike with the grips sitting flat horizontally when looking from the back of the bike, the vertical portion of the bars back a bit from parallel with the line of the forks, they measure more like 9".

    A bar with a real 10" rise measure where the bar is actually supposed to be positioned would be about right. Alternatively, If I weren't running the cop seat or weren't so tall, I'd likely go with the 12" Straight Jacket from KST. I'm glad I got the 14" height for me, though. Hands are about chest level, and the grip angle feels much better than stock. They are noticeably wider than stock, but not as wide as many aftermarket bars. They're actually the same width as my R1200 GS bars.
    Still takes a bit of getting used to (my shoulders aren't that wide)
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  6. Big John Sny

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    mine are aftermarket from the last owner. I think they are 16" by Harleys definition. They are under my shoulder height, but I would prefer less wide and much further forward. 0C3B0B82-FBC6-4170-BB91-9140649DDD11.jpeg
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  7. Hammerdown77

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    Those look like Wild 1 Chubbys or similar that have a lot of pullback and are damn near 40" wide. Definitely not what you want on the police seat.
    Also check out Khrome Werks. They have a classic apehanger "bobber" bar that looks fairly flat as far as hand/wrist position goes.
    Keep in mind if you go much shorter all your existing cables will be too long.
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    I am really digging the paint and pinstripes you have going on there.
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    Yeah, they are way too wide. My arms are super long, so the only way I can make them work is with the really low seat and the bars cranked forwards till they are nearly straight up and down, but then my wrists are at an angle that makes my thumbs sore after a couple hours of riding. (and still not a fan of the super low seat). It is funny. I thought the bars would make it difficult to ride, and they really haven't. They just aren't comfortable to me because my arms are too bent and my elbows turned out too much. I did try a new Harley touring bike to see if the stock bars would work and they felt worse. I think my arms are just too long. luckily there are a hundred different bars out there. Just deciding the right ones is the problem.


    I do love the paint. Also the work of the previous owner. I love the SoCal hotrod look of the bike. I would mention this to him when I built the motor for him, so he offered me a great deal on the bike a year later when he got a more optioned bike.

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  10. Oilhed

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    They suck. Can’t see anyone behind you.
    I went with the convex shorties.
    My Road King Police came with a 22 in. screen. At 5-07.5 if I slouch it’s right in my field of view. So I ordered a 19.5 in. recurve. Anyone need a barn door?
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    Got the 10" Windsplitter and adjustable vents installed yesterday. Got a picture today between rain.
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    Kickstand up this morning at 9am to go pick up a luggage rack that arrived at the HD store yesterday. Waited around a little and looked at the motor clothes and accessories. Finally left about 1045, thinking that I would just run out to FM 4 for a quick loop and be home by lunch. My loop ended up being about 500ish miles and I got home at 1900ish.
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    And most of the route.
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  14. Hammerdown77

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    How's the new screen and vents?
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    Yesterday, I went with the stock seat to see about the wind screen level. It is about 2-3" below eye level so I have good vision. I was still getting enough air to stay cool with the 3/4 helmet with visor down. Not much wind noise, I did try about 20 miles or so without earplugs. Screw that. No bug strikes on the helmet visor, well there was this one time I had my arm up waving to the semi that let me by, so I put that down to it disrupting the airflow. The vents did cut down on turbulence, and when open they did redirect air into the cockpit. I like it, but didn't use it much yesterday since it was so cool in the mid to low 90's. The only down side of the ride was my ass went numb for the last 150miles or so. Not much movement with that seat. I do prefer the lower seating position but would like some more wiggle room and maybe a back rest.
    Next ride will be the modular TK1200, my nose got pretty burned up yesterday.
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    If you close your eyes, that sounds like a vintage porno, or at least I was told that. :D
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    Traxx, I'd sell this dirt cheap to a local. If you're interested.
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    Thanks, that looks very nice. I’ll take a look, granted its not exactly what I am looking for. I would like to be able to keep using the solo luggage rack.
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    If that solo seat feels ok other than being able to move around, you might look at the Sargent seat. It's a similar design (they used a CVO as their model), maybe a bit more padding and likely wider, but they have a standard and an extended length version. The extended length might give you more room to shift around. They were supposed to be coming out with a back rest for it back in April/May as well, but I don't know if that happened with the C19 lockdowns.
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    Got called in to work, 5 days in quarantine and who knows how many days at sea.
    So I will take this time to hit the maps and see if I can come up with a few routes. Hopefully some states will be back up for business when I come home. I really want to hit up Lucy’s in Carlsbad for a steak.