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post #1 of 25 Old 10-30-2018, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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Adding fat bars to a new Non-XT V-strom 1000

If I cannot find a good deal on an XT which comes with the fat handlebars, how much of a chore will it be to upgrade to a fat bar on the bike with the alloy wheels and skinny bar? I am doing it mostly for looks as the stock bar on the bike looks so puny I feel like I am on a kids' bike.

I am not overly worried about price and can go with Suzuki stock equipment unless it will break $200; then I will be worried about price LOL. I guess one concern is making sure the barely long enough cables have room and nothing interferes with the fairing and what have you.

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post #2 of 25 Old 10-30-2018, 12:17 PM
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NC, I thought about doing the same to my '14 DL1K.
Besides the different handlebars, the handlebar stands and clamps are different, as are the clamp bolts. The bolts that hold the stands to the upper triple clamp are the same for both the thick and thin bars. Just a quick check with MR Cycle microfiche shows that, for example, the thin bar clamp sets are $82.32 X 2, the bolts are $4.27 X 2 and $1.37 X4.
So, not even counting the handlebar itself, youre at $1.68.68 plus shipping. The thin bar is shown as $98. I didnt price the thick bar. Getting close to $300 in total.
Everybody has their personal preferences, the thin bar on my '14 doesnt bother me at all.I'm the only one that sees it anyway.
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post #3 of 25 Old 10-30-2018, 01:35 PM
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Clamps can be as low as $30 -> https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p...-Bar-Clamp-Kit

Or get Pro-Taper for $36 -> https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p...ebar-Mount-Kit

Then pick out your bars. Word of caution is that between the risers and various bar bends, your brake lines and cables may not be long enough. Just test to make sure before they are before riding off.

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My buddy did this to his 2014 and I think he spent about $330 for everything from the Suzuki dealer.

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Cool. Nice to have different options. I'll check out the bike tomorrow.

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Out of curiosity, why do you want fat bars?
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Out of curiosity, why do you want fat bars?
As vain as it sounds, I don't like the look of the really narrow bars on the non-XT version of the bike. In part they look flimsy and do not inspire confidence and that overall design makes them look like a scooter or something much less substantial than an ADV bike.

On a practical note, the doctor just told me the visit from Mr. Arthur Itis is here to stay and I am far worse than any man he has ever seen in my age group. So the fat bars may vibrate less as well.

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Clamps can be as low as $30 -> https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p...-Bar-Clamp-Kit

Or get Pro-Taper for $36 -> https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p...ebar-Mount-Kit

Then pick out your bars. Word of caution is that between the risers and various bar bends, your brake lines and cables may not be long enough. Just test to make sure before they are before riding off.
The kits like pro taper normally just mount their brackets to the existing skinny bar mounts which raise the bars about an inch or so. I'd need a really low bar to make sure everything has enough room to work. This is one reason I'd go with the all Suzuki method but with my luck the Suzuki V-STrom 1000 XT not only comes with the fatter bars but has longer cables to match them as well.

Hopefully I can find a yellow XT which will resolve this matter.

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On a practical note, the doctor just told me the visit from Mr. Arthur Itis is here to stay and I am far worse than any man he has ever seen in my age group. So the fat bars may vibrate less as well.
If you haven't already, look into Grip Puppies, or similar, too. Some like ISO Grips. I prefer the Grip Puppies, but I am also cheap.
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The kits like pro taper normally just mount their brackets to the existing skinny bar mounts which raise the bars about an inch or so. I'd need a really low bar to make sure everything has enough room to work. This is one reason I'd go with the all Suzuki method but with my luck the Suzuki V-STrom 1000 XT not only comes with the fatter bars but has longer cables to match them as well.

Hopefully I can find a yellow XT which will resolve this matter.

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I'm have a yellow 2018 1000 XT. The bars are beefier down by the clamps but taper to the smaller diameter at the grips, so they may not help with Mr. Arthur Itis.

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