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post #1 of 36 Old 06-04-2012, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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919 bars for long distance travel

Hey guys I'm planning on riding my 919 to Alaska from Colorado (3500 miles each way) and I need some advice on new handlebars. I can't afford tharbars, but I work at a bike shop and get stuff for cost. I think Im good with the height of the stock bars but they randomly make my hands cramp on the outside of my palm (like under my pinky finger) and I'm guessing this is from too much pullback. I think the renthal mid or high road bars would be a decent choice from what I've read, but I'm open to all input. Also, the goal of bar end weights for vibes is just to get some weight out there right? Or are they an exact amount of weight for certain vibration frequencies? Thanks for the help.
P.S. If you have anything else to say about long distance travel and mods on a 919 let me know.

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post #2 of 36 Old 06-04-2012, 09:34 PM
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I can put in more miles with my renthal UL's as opposed to the stock bars, So I think they are a solid improvement. But that's about all I can say. Concerning bar end weights and vibes, it's usually a game of finding the proper weight, and it seems for different folks/bikes the solution can be different. After I installed the Renthal UL's I felt the improvement regarding vibes was significant. In fact I haven't installed bar ends yet.
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Hey guys I'm planning on riding my 919 to Alaska from Colorado (3500 miles each way) and I need some advice on new handlebars. I can't afford tharbars, but I work at a bike shop and get stuff for cost. I think Im good with the height of the stock bars but they randomly make my hands cramp on the outside of my palm (like under my pinky finger) and I'm guessing this is from too much pullback. I think the renthal mid or high road bars would be a decent choice from what I've read, but I'm open to all input. Also, the goal of bar end weights for vibes is just to get some weight out there right? Or are they an exact amount of weight for certain vibration frequencies? Thanks for the help.
P.S. If you have anything else to say about long distance travel and mods on a 919 let me know.
My choice was the Renthal High for my 919 and Rizoma bar ends and CRG clamp on bar end mirrors. My bike didn't have stock bars installed, Pro Taper motocross style bars. The highs were a HUGE improvement

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Ive put on 40k with my renthal low bars...including a 6,000 mile trip. The low bars and lack of a windscreen killed my shoulders/ neck. Go with the renthal high bars!

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If you like everything about the stock bars other than pull back (which makes your wrist hurt) then go with road highs.

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I emailed spencers last night, I just gotta box it up and ship it out. Im gonna borrow a windshield a friend had on a sv 650, get some bars, and a 17t front sprocket. Anything else I should look at? Still trying to do this on the cheap. Thanks for the replies

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I emailed spencers last night, I just gotta box it up and ship it out. Im gonna borrow a windshield a friend had on a sv 650, get some bars, and a 17t front sprocket. Anything else I should look at? Still trying to do this on the cheap. Thanks for the replies
Might as well do a 44t rear sprocket while you're changing the front. Which windshield are you borrowing? Needs to be tall or it will make turbulence worse around your shoulders and head.

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FYI renthal UL's have almost the same pullback as the stock bars....

check out my writeup here.....

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I have my set of UL's + hardware to use the stock bar ends im looking to sell but am to lazy to start a thread haha.

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FYI renthal UL's have almost the same pullback as the stock bars....

check out my writeup here.....

https://www.wristtwisters.com/forums/...uls-29692.html


I have my set of UL's + hardware to use the stock bar ends im looking to sell but am to lazy to start a thread haha.
Maybe it was height+pullback that caused my wrist pains...

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Depends on your windshield.

Big ass shield use a tall/stock bars.

With a small shield you will want a lower bar so your body lean/weight will help with wind blast.

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Just my take.

The stock seat has to go.

The stock bars are probably going to be as good 'all around' as any. Renthal UL's will not be that comfortable when your going slow (I have them, they are just better for other things besides slow).

If you want to change the sprockets, fine. It won't hurt/bother you in any way if you don't.

Take your time selecting a windshield. Not everyone considers them essential, and some will be far worse than none.

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Well I ended getting renthal road highs. Just looking at them compared to the stock bars it was a little disappointing because the pullback was very similar. I installed them and I think they will be much better, they are so much wider than the stock bars that even with the same pullback there is less angle on my wrists.

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How bout a few pics of the new bars installed?

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Take your time selecting a windshield. Not everyone considers them essential, and some will be far worse than none.
This is true. My brother and I recently swapped bikes for 20-30 minutes during a ride through the mountains. Average speed was about 80mph with a few moments at 90 and 100mph. We were both surprised to find that the wind was LESS noticable on my naked 919 than it was on his FZ1 with half fairing and windscreen. The wind wasn't bad, but it was noticable as soon as I took off on his bike.

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How bout a few pics of the new bars installed?
Here are my Street Highs on my 919. There might be a couple more pics in my photo album.
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A little piece of unsolicited advice from a BC resident: take advantage of the BC Highway cams. Some of the passes can get nasty, even in summer. I ride from Kamloops to Vancouver a few times a year, and I have been caught in the snow in the spring or fall a few times in the Coquihalla Pass.

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Here are my Street Highs on my 919. There might be a couple more pics in my photo album.
Thanks, how is the angle of the pullback? Does it rest your wrist at an odd angle? I can't tell if my streetfighters are an odd bend or if it's just the weight of me leaning on them that tweaks my wrist.

Also, I could search but I'm already here, stock cables fit the high bars right?

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Thanks, how is the angle of the pullback? Does it rest your wrist at an odd angle? I can't tell if my streetfighters are an odd bend or if it's just the weight of me leaning on them that tweaks my wrist.

Also, I could search but I'm already here, stock cables fit the high bars right?
I liked the angle a lot. The Pro Tapers, that came on the bike, were pretty much straight. The Street Highs had a more natural angle for me. Hope the risers help out with the bars you have now.

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I run UL's on my bike and just got back from a trip down to Beaufort SC around 300 miles, I def need new bar ends cause the vibes killed my hands. But I love the bars, easy on my back and shoulders, I stand right at 5'11". I would also think about getting a cramp buster to clip on your throttle on a trip that long. it def helps IMO

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Sorry no time for pics, leaving tomorrow. Thanks for the tip on the BC cams, I checked them out. The stock cables fit, but its close, the throttle housing has to be rolled down just a little bit. I ended up with a boneyard find throttle lock that is working out great. One more thought on these wider bars, they make me feel like Steve MqQueen running from the Germans. Haha

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has anyone tried a pipe bender to change the angle of the bars to a straighter line ? don't see why it wont work ,might give it a go when i get time.

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I got some after market adjustable Z bars that u can loosen and raise up on a long ride would definitely recomend

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Hi Guys, I suffer the same symptoms as Hondarider91 with the stock bars, but I don't want to be stretching any further forward than I am with the stock bars, if anything, a little more upright. Can anyone offer advice on a more suitable bar for my Hornet? Cheers

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Hi Guys, I suffer the same symptoms as Hondarider91 with the stock bars, but I don't want to be stretching any further forward than I am with the stock bars, if anything, a little more upright. Can anyone offer advice on a more suitable bar for my Hornet? Cheers
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Size charts are helpful. The Tusk Raptor bend has the most rise and pullback I could find. Keep in mind the stock cables are at their absolute limit with this bar.

Tusk T-10 Aluminum 7/8" Handlebar Sizing Chart

Bend________Width___Height___Pull Back
Sport Bend___31.75"___6.25"___3.50"
CR High Bend_32.00"___3.75"___3.00"
Mid Bend_____32.00"___3.50"___2.50"
KX High Bend_32.25"___4.00"___3.00"
Mini High Bend 29.13"___4.50"___2.75"
Raptor Bend__31.50"___6.25"___4.00"
YZ High Bend__32.00"__3.50"___3.00"
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Thanks Guys, going to give Renthal Road Highs a crack.

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fwiw i have done 1100 miles in 19 hours and 2500 miles in 72 hours with renthal ultra lows, stock seat, no windscreen, renthal dual compound grips, throttle rocker/cramp buster, no cruise control, and gilles rearsets. i'm 5'6", 190lbs...

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Give the mediums a look too. Almost the same height (120mm for the high, 115 for mediums), a lower rise (85 versus 105), the same sweep or pullback and, to me the biggest deal, 23mm more control length (223 versus 200).

I needed to cut 1/2" off each bar to have enough slack in the electronics and cables. With the highs that put me pretty dang close on the room for the controls. With the mediums, I have plenty of room. They also just feel and look much better to me. More sporty but only 5mm lower than the highs. Give them a look.

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For anyone who wants bars that sit just a little higher than the stock bars, and with less pullback to make the wrists more comfortable, I used the bars from a '91 Nighthawk 250. I did not try to mount the factory inserts for the bar end weights, because one was damaged from a drop. The Honda weights were attached using the rubber inserts from a pair of $10 aluminum bar end caps.

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( Trying to find a good straight set of original 919 bars if you know of any for sale, please PM me )

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Another +1 for the Renthal Mediums. They are pretty close to stock, but have all of the coolness of Renthals(anti-vibes, awesome gold color).

Previously I had the Renthal UL's. They are good too, but I'm not the tallest guy(5'8") and I appreciate not having to reach as far.
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Tusk T-10 Aluminum 7/8" Handlebar Sizing Chart

Bend________Width___Height___Pull Back
Sport Bend___31.75"___6.25"___3.50"
CR High Bend_32.00"___3.75"___3.00"
Mid Bend_____32.00"___3.50"___2.50"
KX High Bend_32.25"___4.00"___3.00"
Mini High Bend 29.13"___4.50"___2.75"
Raptor Bend__31.50"___6.25"___4.00"
YZ High Bend__32.00"__3.50"___3.00"
Appreciate the sizing chart Phenix. What are the stock measurements? Where would they fit in the chart?

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