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post #1 of 13 Old 07-19-2018, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Mmph, handlebars

Someone threw my bike on the ground last weekend :cursing: among the parts damaged i need to replace the handlebar.

I was thinking about going aftermarket.

Anyone did the swap on a 2014+ that could give me some precise pros and cons? Some brands that are better than others?

Or should i just go for a black oem bar?

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I put a ProTaper bar on my DR650... excellent quality and didn't seem overpriced. I went with a Contour type bar that is fat and beefy in the middle and tapers down to normal 7/8" at the grips.
There are good charts available on the ProTaper site with measurements that you can compare to OEM.

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My 2 cents: I prefer stock, unless the backsweep/upsweep is uncomfortable for you. Aluminum bar will require new hardware to fit bar end weights and some aluminum bar manufacturers do not recommend using heavy end weights at all. While this bike is not buzzy, I still prefer maximum vibe dampening.
Had Renthal Ultra Low on a buzzy bike in the past. Angles of the bar were excellent, but vibes were bad.
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Thanks guys.

@erci : thank you for the confirmation, i had read that aftermarket bars diminished the buzzing. I dislike the buzzing of the oems already, definitely not looking to amplify it!

I was also looking at bar ends, any suggestion to further reduce the buzz?
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Null, this is a small thing, but if your bike doesnt have the accessory hand guards that came on the Adventure model, I suggest them. In addition to the guard function, the kit adds an additional weight/spacer to the the bar end as part of the guard mounting. The kit also comes with longer bar weight screws to compensate for these spacers. The result is that there is even less vibration in the bar than before the handguards.
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Yup, i have the oem hand guards, one should be replaced due to the "drop", i even thought about getting bigger ones instead since they don't protect that much from cold winds.

I might buy heated grips too, while they are removing everything, i might save lots on the install lol.

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I went the cheap route and bought Emgo's. Not bad for $25. I had to drill them for the nub on the controls.

I used Stelvio hand guards. I had to do some minor fab work to make them fit but I like them. I just used them because I already had them on my Aprilia.

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I was also looking at bar ends, any suggestion to further reduce the buzz?
Yup. These are pricey, but they're as heavy as they come: Suzuki bar ends

I've had them on several buzzy (inline 4) bikes. They make a big difference. I don't find them necessary on the Vee though. Stock bar end + added weight with stock hand guard is quite good, but if the bar vibration still bugs you, give HVMP a try.
If you don't like it, it's an easy sell (if not here, on other Suzuki forums).
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Grip puppies reduce vibs also. I've had them on my bike since new and the larger diameter grip is more comfortable since I have large hands. They wear and have to be replaced every few years.
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try 'handlebar' in google search box. lots of previous discussions.

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