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post #1 of 16 Old 10-25-2007, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
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Pro Taper handlebars

What do you guys think of pro Taper bars? http://www.protaper.com/index.html

I was checking them out at CycleGear, and they've got several models in several colors, including gunmetal and black, both of which look great on my Asphalt Black 9er.

The specific model they had in stock was the SE bars: http://www.protaper.com/contents/pro...lebars/se.html
but they have a higher grade EVO model as well: http://www.protaper.com/contents/pro...ars/index.html

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I think Antishadows runs with those. The first link I believe. Drop him a PM.

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Keep in mind that the "SE" means their Seven-Eighths bars. These are usually the standard diameter on most bikes w/ bars, but they make an actual tapered bar as well that is 1 1/8" diameter. If you get the larger tapered bars, you will need a riser adapter.

Other than that, they are great. I run the ATV Hi SE bars on my KLR and love them.

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I run a set on my WR450, and they're great: very strong, and good position. my 919 came with some Renthals that are fine for me so far.

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yay im not the only one with a klr and 919 PROPS!!!

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I have used Pro Tapers on mx MX bikes for years... one of the strongest bars out there.

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Well, i bought and just installed the ProTaper SE CR-High in black. Although the black anodized bar looks great on my 919, the first thing I noticed was how wide this bar is compared to stock. Are the Renthals the same? I only rode a few miles, but I'm not sure how I feel about the wide factor.

I'm sure it's just a matter of getting used to it, and when I'm riding straight down the highway, I feel more stable. In fact, even though my arms are wider, I feel like I can go up against the wind stronger. The problem is, when I get into the turns, i feel like I want to stick my foot out, Moto-style, rather than my knees!!

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I didn't like stock width on my Renthals, cut an inch off both ends. My Coerce bars I cut too, 3/4" off both ends. I don't like wide. Feel like a parachute at high speed.

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The problem with the PT is that if I cut anything off, there's no room left for the lever clamps before the bend in the bar. I may only have 1/2" at most, and the PT is almost 3" wider per side than stock.

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I'm with Sugs on this one. I cut 5/8ths off both ends of my Coherce bar. Mine are now 25 3/4" from end of grip to end of grip. Feel, work, and look good. The whole ProTaper thing sounds like a collosal hassle for nothing. I think the 919 steers so light that wide bars are counter productive.

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Yeah, I'm not feelin it either. The PT is 30-1/2" from end of grip to end of grip. Is this how wide the Renthals are? How do you guys with Renthals feel about the width, or did you cut them down as well? I can't cut down the PT because there's not enough straight bar.

If your Coerce bars are now 25-3/4", then that's just about the same as stock.

I sat on a MV Augusta at the IMS, and that bike has bars that seemed just as wide as the ProTapers. It was the first thing I noticed when I sat on that bike, too.

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Wow... Those bars are wide, 50 mm (appox. 2") wider than the Renthal Ultra Lows. I like the additional leverage of the Ultra Lows but going wider. Hmmm...not sure, might be too much.

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The problem with the PT is that if I cut anything off, there's no room left for the lever clamps before the bend in the bar. I may only have 1/2" at most, and the PT is almost 3" wider per side than stock.

They make quite a few bifferent bends... each one is different rise/bend/length...

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Yeah, I'm not feelin it either. The PT is 30-1/2" from end of grip to end of grip. Is this how wide the Renthals are? How do you guys with Renthals feel about the width, or did you cut them down as well? I can't cut down the PT because there's not enough straight bar.

If your Coerce bars are now 25-3/4", then that's just about the same as stock.

I sat on a MV Augusta at the IMS, and that bike has bars that seemed just as wide as the ProTapers. It was the first thing I noticed when I sat on that bike, too.
I tried Renthal dirtbike bars on my 919 when I had it. The problem I had was the same as yours; not enough room for the controls. The Renthal street bars have more room for controls and less clamp length. The Ultra-lows are part of this group.

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I tried Renthal dirtbike bars on my 919 when I had it. The problem I had was the same as yours; not enough room for the controls. The Renthal street bars have more room for controls and less clamp length. The Ultra-lows are part of this group.
Man, I thought they were all dirtbike bars. i didn't realize they offered versions for either dirt or street.

Anyway, I always wanted another dirtbike. Maybe this can be my excuse to go buy one, eh?

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Yeah, I tried in vain to find a set of Pro Tapers that were similiar to the Renthal or Coerce bars. They just don't make a bar for street bikes.

Renthal ultra lows or Coerce competition low bars, both made for the street.

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