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The stock bars on my Wee have too much sweep. After spending six days and nearly 2200 miles on the Wee, I'm betting the back cramps I had are due to the funky shaped stock bars putting my arms/wrists at a weird angle. I'm sure I would have been more comfy on my sportbike than the Strom.

So, who makes 7/8" bars with lots less sweep that let me re-use the stock bar ends and Suzuki hand guards? I've searched and been looking online, but haven't found a definative answer.

Will the cheap steel Moose Racing bars accept the OEM barends and handguards?

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I don't know about the handguards, but I have moose CR-Lo on mine with the stock bar ends. I am looking into putting superbike bars on mine because the straight motoX bars are making my hands fall asleep. I need something with a little bend at the ends.
 

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I put the MSR, ATV-High bars on my Strom and I'm very pleased with them. They were really cheap (<$20.00) and everything bolted up nice and easy. They have a little more height and less pull-back. All and all, a good purchase.

And don't let the expensive aluminum handlebar snobs tell you otherwise.

 

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Garry,

Have you tried rotating them backwards about 10 degrees?

Just a thought.

 

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If you don't want to go the expensive route of the MSR bars, there is always the Moose for $16.99!

Here's the specs:

ATV-Hi:
Pullback - 3.2 in.
Width - 32.5 in.
Rise - 5 in.
Base - 6.5 in.

4Trax/Quad:
Pullback - 3.8 in.
Width - 29.2 in.
Rise - 4 in.
Base - 6.5 in.


 

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I installed the Moose CR-Hi on my DL650 with the factory hand guards and bar ends.

They are flatter, lower & wider than stock.
I did have some issues with a very limited range of adjustment that kept the guards off the fairing at full lock.
I added small rubber bumpers to the steering lock tabs, lost just a bit of steering lock, but gained enough adjustment that I am comfortable with the bar placement.

I got them for $11.99 here:

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/item.aspx?style=2615&department=656&Division=6



*edit: This may be a better pic of the bars

 

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Garry,

Have you tried rotating them backwards about 10 degrees?

Just a thought.

Which direction is "backwards"? Toward the rider or away from the rider? No, I haven't played with that since it's the bend in the wrists that is annoying. Rotating would mostly affect height and distance from the rider, no? A little more height would be good too since the stock bars are kinda low when standing over bumpy terrain.
 

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Don't hate me for asking, but why, if going to the hassle of replacing the bars, don't you use some handlebars that will withstand drops/crashes? Just food for thought. YMMV.
Because I'm a cheap bastid that is still seriously thinking of just bending the stock bars with a big steel rod to reduce the sweep. I don't like the idea of spending the money for cheap bars and grips let alone expensive ones that don't let me re-use the OEM handguards and barends I already own.
 

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Because I'm a cheap bastid that is still seriously thinking of just bending the stock bars with a big steel rod to reduce the sweep. I don't like the idea of spending the money for cheap bars and grips let alone expensive ones that don't let me re-use the OEM handguards and barends I already own.
Gotcha.

BUT... I put on pro tapers, and used the stock handguards. Well, sort of. I installed them on top of some tusk aluminum handguards. I wanted some handguards that actually protected my hands (imagine that), in case of colliding with something. They also protect the levers from breakage. I did have to do a little dremel work on the stock handguards to get them to fit over the tusks, but no biggie. The stock bar ends are not used.

The pro tapers (atv hi) have great ergonomics, vibrate less, and give way better steering feel/response than the stock steel bars.
 

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For the $12 investment and 1/2 hour of my time, the moose bars made my bike MUCH more comfortable and they improved the steering/feel quite a bit, making the bike feel more supermotoish if you will.

Plus I think I can afford to bend a few of them, I really dont plan on dropping the bike and think I would be more stressed about the body work than a 12 dollar bar if I did.
 
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