Took a jaunt around town on memorial day, probably around 5 hours total riding with a mix of highway slog then twisty mountain roads. On the way home the last half hour of riding the pain and soreness in my upper back and shoulders was starting to get to me
I have a set of Renthal UL's on right now with a generic riser, 1" up 1.25" back and honestly Im not very impressed they are not tall enough for eating miles on the highway and yet I had some weird wrist and thumb pain in the tight twisties something I never got on the stock bars. Since I've already conscripted the 919 into commuting/touring duty with hard luggage and tall screen I figure I should go the distance and install a set of Renthal High bars.
What I cant find though is will I need to get new cables for the clutch/throttle/brake line. There doesn't seem to be a consensus on the matter with some saying aye and some nay. I'm fine with rerouting and playing around with cables, maybe even cutting the bars narrower but no way do I want to get longer cables!
Will someone be willing to go on the record and say just buy 'em stock cables will work???
They're gold! Don't know if anyone would be interested in trading though, purchased them from a member who had them drilled for a gsxr which didn't match the 9er so I ended up grinding the locator pegs, I have never had my controls move and always have the option of re-positioning now that I don't have the pegs but not sure if everyone is that committed.
You're probably not interested in trading for the road lows I have, but how much would you want for your ULs, hypothetically? Don't care about the drill holes, I was always planning on grinding down the pins if I put new bars on.
I highly suggest you drill for the locating pins. I find it hard to believe the controls don't have any twist in them, especially the throttle side, without putting some electrical tape or what nah to take up the slack.
And if you continue to go through the twisty's, I would definitely drill for the locator pins. Just my .02 cents.