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post #1 of 29 Old 06-26-2018, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Handlebars, yes, im tired

ive had my 1000 for a couple weeks now. Ive found that my wrists are starting to fatigue, a little sore. i didnt think my handlebars were uncomfortable at first, but i now believe they are the problem. The angle seems little too far back, i believe this is called sweep (the direction the wrists bend when grabbing the bars). Ive done quite a bit of research today on this forum, and im more confused than ever. From what ive gathered, the angle and vibration seem to the the culprit. I know everyone is different, but im looking for some direction.

Im 6', 32" inseam, wear around a 34 arm length shirt, i consider that average. Ive seen a lot of mention of pro taper atv mid and high. i dot know if im heading in the right direction, but i seams less sweep would help, but i dont know how height and sweep play off each other.

Any tips? I posted here because i figured recommendations change in model years.

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post #2 of 29 Old 06-26-2018, 07:33 PM
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Have you tried just rotating the bar forward? Maybe the PO moved them back?

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I haven’t tried anything yet. The bars are currently at their stock position. Bike has 500 miles on it.

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The Protaper 7/8ths ATV MID bars will fit right on and are alloy.
They are about the same height as the OEM but pull back much less, meaning that your elbows are more out ala motocross style. The ATV HIGH are of course higher.
My experience is that an alloy bar flexes more and vibes less. The downside is that the alloy wall is thicker meaning that the OEM bar end weights need to be modified to fit.

They are also much wider but have graduated measurements on the ends so that they can be easily cut back to your preference.
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Hated stock setup also, I rotated forward, and also moved controls in about and inch and a half and got shorty levers. My background is in mountain biking, so being able to do everything with 2 fingers while standing and sitting made me feel much more at home...
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The Protaper 7/8ths ATV MID bars will fit right on and are alloy.
They are about the same height as the OEM but pull back much less, meaning that your elbows are more out ala motocross style. The ATV HIGH are of course higher.
My experience is that an alloy bar flexes more and vibes less. The downside is that the alloy wall is thicker meaning that the OEM bar end weights need to be modified to fit.

They are also much wider but have graduated measurements on the ends so that they can be easily cut back to your preference.
If those are the ones with a padded cross bar i have one. The thing i dont like is that yes the sweep is nice and natural however the ends point upward so pinkies are higher than pointer finger. If any interest let me know and i can get some pictures at different angles for us. I didnt install them for that reason. To get pinkies lower i would have had to pull them way back. I dont see how they could be better but i keep seeing them mentioned as a crowd favorite. Im tired of chasing comfort on these bikes im going Versys 1000 with corbin seat
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The accepted standard install is to have the base and crossbar in parallel with the forks.


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Here's my solution on my '04 Wee:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/4758345-post16.html
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The Protaper 7/8ths ATV MID bars will fit right on and are alloy.
They are about the same height as the OEM but pull back much less, meaning that your elbows are more out ala motocross style. The ATV HIGH are of course higher.
My experience is that an alloy bar flexes more and vibes less. The downside is that the alloy wall is thicker meaning that the OEM bar end weights need to be modified to fit.

They are also much wider but have graduated measurements on the ends so that they can be easily cut back to your preference.
Couple questions on these, can you use stock cables with the Hi and mids? If you cut them shorter, is there enough room to mount everything?

Thanks everyone, keep the ideas coming
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I have the same issues and less pullback solved it. I would get a set of cheap steel bars to test the theory.

My experience with alloy bars differs from Brockie "My experience is that an alloy bar flexes more and vibes less". I thought they gave me more vibration, even with weights attached - but they were no name bars, not Protaper, so that may be the cause.

Regardless I switched to steel bars and they did not have the same pullback so I simply bent them some to mimic the setup I liked. No more experimenting, I moved those bars from my WEE to the V2.

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