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Handle bars for tall riders! (Center clamp style)
« on: December 21, 2014, 04:11:34 am »
Hey folks,

Wanted to share a little bit of good news; today I measured for some new handlebars.  My desired position was about 30 in width, 5.5 in rise, and 3.15 in pullback.  I'm 6' 4" and nothing comes in "my size".

Today I found these: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/15392/i/bikemaster-daytona-handlebar?WT.ac=SLIsearch

They are wide, tall and have very little pullback.

Finally, bars that will let my long monkey arms fly free.  :Woot_Emoticon:

I'll post back and let folks know how they turn out.  Gotta say though; pretty well stoked about these bad boys.

If any are interested, this other video is how I measure for the proper bars:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYKd6Q7Y8fw

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Re: Handle bars for tall riders! (Center clamp style)
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2014, 04:23:23 am »
Found pics of another Concours with the Daytona bars.

http://www.pbase.com/ckelley/image/37118189

Click the link and hit next for additional photos.


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Re: Handle bars for tall riders! (Center clamp style)
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2014, 12:01:54 pm »
6'4" Why you stop growing so early!  LOL

I can say that as I'm 6'9"!

Interested to see how this works out for you, my 04 came with the usual risers added by previous owner and I remember his saying that any taller and I would have to change all the cables and lines.

Think it could stand to be a touch taller but good for me for now.
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Re: Handle bars for tall riders! (Center clamp style)
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2014, 01:55:47 pm »
I am 6'4" and my Connie came with Heli Bars. They are fantastic because you can dial in height, angle and bend any way you please. I guess they are pricey, but mine were already on, and I won't be taking them off any time soon.

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Re: Handle bars for tall riders! (Center clamp style)
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2014, 03:09:32 pm »
6'4" Why you stop growing so early!  LOL

I can say that as I'm 6'9"!

Interested to see how this works out for you, my 04 came with the usual risers added by previous owner and I remember his saying that any taller and I would have to change all the cables and lines.

Think it could stand to be a touch taller but good for me for now.

Ah,yes.  I used to be 6' 10", but the top of my head got cut clean off in an unfortunate ceiling fan incident!  :rotflmao:

I'll be sure to keep you posted.  My brake lines are pretty long but I don't know if the clutch will reach.

I honestly think it'll have been worth it even if I do end up with new lines.

The way I measured, I popped on the bike (on center stand), made some Vroom Vroom noises and put my back the way I thought it ought to be while riding.  Once the measurements were done, it was tough to deny the current bars were way off position.  :truce:

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Re: Handle bars for tall riders! (Center clamp style)
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2014, 11:05:44 am »
Beej, I looked for bars (bought a few) for my "Not so ultimate" Concours rebuild and had some trouble with finding bars that had enough length on each end for the controls AND grips. They were usually too short from the end of the bar to the first bend. I finally found a bar that was made for a Suzuki atv. They are great for me and might actually be a little taller than those Daytona bars. You can see pictures of the bar on page 3 of the thread, one off the bike and scroll down a little further and there is a good picture with them mounted on the bike. Good luck.
« Last Edit: December 22, 2014, 11:11:56 am by txfatboy »
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Re: Handle bars for tall riders! (Center clamp style)
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2014, 01:42:51 pm »
Beej, I looked for bars (bought a few) for my "Not so ultimate" Concours rebuild and had some trouble with finding bars that had enough length on each end for the controls AND grips. They were usually too short from the end of the bar to the first bend. I finally found a bar that was made for a Suzuki atv. They are great for me and might actually be a little taller than those Daytona bars. You can see pictures of the bar on page 3 of the thread, one off the bike and scroll down a little further and there is a good picture with them mounted on the bike. Good luck.

Thanks, Tx.  It looks like the bars you have now do not have ends on them.  But I mean, they have just the hole there and no place to screw in an end weight.  Did you look into that at all?  Is it buzzy?  I am wondering now whether my bars will come the same way.  :-\

Also, any more details about the one's you picked up?  My experience looking for bars was terrible; you can't search on specs so you have to look at EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.

PS; nice Connie!
« Last Edit: December 22, 2014, 01:49:27 pm by Beej »
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Re: Handle bars for tall riders! (Center clamp style)
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2014, 02:09:06 pm »
I'm running those exact bars on COGZilla, and ran Superbike bars on my 86 with the murphs adapters.
They both are much more comfortable, and wider, with less angle at the wrist, allowing a nice wide feel...

When you go to install your lever pods, you will notice there are locating pins in them... don't freak, simply place a 3/8 socket against the back side of the pod, and either tap gently, or use a C clamp to push the locating dowel pin further into the housing. It will stick out of the backside, but still be retained if you ever wish to install factory bars again. Do a single wrap of black electrical tape around each bar under the clamping area of the control pod it will keep them from rotating fine.
I think you will find these bars to vibe much less than stockers, they are lighter, and the mounts are robust, they don't tend to vibe at all compared to oem.

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Re: Handle bars for tall riders! (Center clamp style)
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2014, 03:20:35 pm »
Or you can drill your bars to use the pins.  I have been using these (or similar) Daytona bars on the turbo and on a couple of other COnnies before that.  I think it was MOB that suggested them and I bought a used set with a Storz adapter from someone here. 

I have since built my own adapters and they are already bolted to the new Ultimate bike.   I love em.
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Re: Handle bars for tall riders! (Center clamp style)
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2014, 03:28:44 pm »
You can also use bars from a brute force kawasaki ATV, they already have nuts welded in for the bar end weights - and you want to keep bar end weights. Steve
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Re: Handle bars for tall riders! (Center clamp style)
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2014, 05:19:05 pm »
I've bought a few bars from these folks over the years.... http://www.flandersco.com/

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Re: Handle bars for tall riders! (Center clamp style)
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2014, 06:05:38 pm »
I've bought a few bars from these folks over the years.... http://www.flandersco.com/

I have some Flanders Daytonas.  Slightly less height to these others I think.  MUCH stronger bars too. Top Shelf stuff.

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Re: Handle bars for tall riders! (Center clamp style)
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2014, 06:20:00 pm »
Hey Beej,
   I have had those same bars on my bike for 5 years. I installed aluminum bar end weights from Bikemaster. They simply slide into the end of the bar and tighten up with an allen head bolt.
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Re: Handle bars for tall riders! (Center clamp style)
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2014, 02:05:31 am »
Beej, I had a hard time finding a set of bars that worked as well. I went back to the auction and the description says "Suzuki ATV 7/8 handlebars". They do have open ends, I just epoxied in some expansion plugs and screwed the stock Concours bar ends into them. There is a noticeable reduction in buzz/vibration but I made so many changes to this bike, I really can't say what helped with the buzz more. I still have yet to put the grips I want (Murph's covered with grip puppies) along with the grip warmers... I am on a spending freeze due to the holiday shopping season.  :(  My birthday is in a few weeks so I can take care of it then. I also want the "buzz-less" bar end set that Gary sells just like I have on the 2000.

ps Thanks  :great:

Beej, I looked for bars (bought a few) for my "Not so ultimate" Concours rebuild and had some trouble with finding bars that had enough length on each end for the controls AND grips. They were usually too short from the end of the bar to the first bend. I finally found a bar that was made for a Suzuki atv. They are great for me and might actually be a little taller than those Daytona bars. You can see pictures of the bar on page 3 of the thread, one off the bike and scroll down a little further and there is a good picture with them mounted on the bike. Good luck.

Thanks, Tx.  It looks like the bars you have now do not have ends on them.  But I mean, they have just the hole there and no place to screw in an end weight.  Did you look into that at all?  Is it buzzy?  I am wondering now whether my bars will come the same way.  :-\

Also, any more details about the one's you picked up?  My experience looking for bars was terrible; you can't search on specs so you have to look at EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.

PS; nice Connie!
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Re: Handle bars for tall riders! (Center clamp style)
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2015, 01:57:21 pm »
Wanted to close the book on this one.  Ended up with these bars

https://www.denniskirk.com/tag-metals/black-x5-standard-handlebar-w-raptor-banshee-bend.p599572.prd/599572.sku

They are amazing and fit the measurements from my original post. 

The Kawa ATV bars (i believe I bought a 2005 model) did NOT come with well nuts already screwed in.

Thanks for all the suggestions. :great: :great: :great: :great:
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