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A Few Things You Should Think About Before Changing Your Motorcycles Handlebars.       

Apehangers On A Harley DavidsonAltering the Motorcycle Handlebars on your bike not only changes the looks of the bike but also the handling and your comfort level. Depending if we are talking about sport bikes or a cruiser handlebars are drastically different. On a sport bike making this modification can be more difficult than on a cruiser. This is mainly because most of these bikes have clamped on handlebars. This type actually attaches to the fork tube or to a semi fixed position therefore getting new ones will only slightly change the riding position. However some people will by a sportbike like a GSXR or R1 and after a while realize that the aggressive riding position while perfect for riding aggressively is not the most comfortable. On some of these bikes you will just be able to adjust the bars up a bit and that’s that.

On a cruiser, motorcycle handlebars can be found in a large variety of flavors. You can get straight bars or apehangers and everything in between. Now just like on a sport bike if you start to move away from the stock handlebar and start to change to something aftermarket the handling and feel of your bike will change. This change can be anywhere from drastic to minimal depending on how radically you change the current configuration from stock. So if you go from a regular handle bar to ape hangers your bike is going to feel radically different than before.

Sport Bike Clamp On BarsYou can also change the risers which will affect the position of the handlebars on a motorcycle. Risers are simply that they are the piece that the handlebars fit in to and rise it up from the triple tree. These can bring the bars up on your bike from anywhere from 2 to 6 inches are typical. There are custom risers that can be even higher. You will find most guys that change the handlebars will also get an aftermarket motorcycle riser to go along with that modification. Generally risers are made from billet aluminum or some sort of chromed steel to give your bike that custom look.

Straight Bar On A Harley Davidson Motorcycle

So before changing motorcycle handlebars put some thought in to the fact that this change can drastically affect the way your bike handles. So it’s not only aesthetic but much more goes in to making this modification. I guess you can think of it like changing the steering wheel on your car to some unconventional configuration but on a bike it’s going to affect you more since it will change the position you will be riding. So I guess you would need to take out the driver seat and relocate it in the car as well to make the comparison.

Different types of Bars:

When it comes to choosing the right bars for your motorcycle consider what adjusting the bar will do to your riding position before deciding. You can find many configurations like swept back, straight bars or apehangers which are probably the most drastic. No matter what you might decide on we at chaotic motorsports will be happy to help you find what you need. If you are unsure of what you want give us a call and let us help you.


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