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post #1 of 17 Old 05-24-2007, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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Need New Handlebars - want to use stock bar-ends and handguards

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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post #2 of 17 Old 05-24-2007, 08:26 AM
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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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If you don't want to go the expensive route of the MSR bars, there is always the Moose for $16.99!


I found my MSR's for under $13.00.

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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...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.

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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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