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post #1 of 22 Old 05-25-2008, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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ProTaper bars, again

I've read about 20 threads on aftermarket bars and I can't seem to figure something out. Ok, I'm looking for bars with less "pullback", meaning I want the ends to be more parallel to the middle of the bar than the stock bars.

Everyone raves about the ProTaper SE ATV High bars. Two times now I went to the local store and held those bars up to the stock 650 bars. Unless I'm missing something obvious, the pullback on the bars is basically identical to the stock bars.

The ProTaper site states that the SE ATV High bars have a sweep of 100mm. I believe the stock bars have a 200+ mm sweep, right? So, in theory, the ATV Highs should have a much lesser pullback. Or no?

I looked at some other ProTaper SE bars to compare. They had much less sweep back, but they were also much shorter (about half the raise), so they didn't clear the tank very well and would need risers.

So, can someone confirm that the ProTaper SE ATV High bars are basically identical to stocks in terms of pullback?

I'd like to have the stock height, I just need less pullback. Price isn't an issue, quality and comfort is

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Yes, Pro-Taper ATV Highs have less pullback(period).
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I've been looking, but I haven't found any (still valid) side-by-side pictures to compare them to the stock bars. I'm either looking at the wrong bar in the store, or it's mislabeled (which, actually, may be the case). Anyone have a shot of what I should be expecting?

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Hopefully you'll be able to view this link, as it has all you'll need/want to know about handlebar options.

http://11109.rapidforum.com/area=35

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I've read about 20 threads on aftermarket bars and I can't seem to figure something out. Ok, I'm looking for bars with less "pullback", meaning I want the ends to be more parallel to the middle of the bar than the stock bars.

Everyone raves about the ProTaper SE ATV High bars. Two times now I went to the local store and held those bars up to the stock 650 bars. Unless I'm missing something obvious, the pullback on the bars is basically identical to the stock bars.

The ProTaper site states that the SE ATV High bars have a sweep of 100mm. I believe the stock bars have a 200+ mm sweep, right? So, in theory, the ATV Highs should have a much lesser pullback. Or no?

I looked at some other ProTaper SE bars to compare. They had much less sweep back, but they were also much shorter (about half the raise), so they didn't clear the tank very well and would need risers.

So, can someone confirm that the ProTaper SE ATV High bars are basically identical to stocks in terms of pullback?

I'd like to have the stock height, I just need less pullback. Price isn't an issue, quality and comfort is


Somewhere someone once posted that the stock bars have 200+mm of pull back. That's just wrong. I recently/am currently going through some bar swapping of my own. The stock bars only have approximately 127mm off pull back which basically equates to 1 inch more than the SE ATV High bars.

Here are the specs for the stock bars.

Pull Back=127mm
Rise=95.25mm
Height=120.65
Width=742.95mm
Clamp=177.8mm

Something that I just discovered with Renthal bars v. Pro Taper.

The Rise dimension of renthal bars is measured from the center line of the clamp area to the center line of the top bend. The height dimension is measured from the center line of the clamp area to the center line of the end of the bar.

It appears that even though pro-taper uses the term "rise" in it's demension what they are really measuring to is the height dimension as defined by renthal.

Here's a dimension legend from Renthal


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...I'm looking for bars with less "pullback", meaning I want the ends to be more parallel to the middle of the bar than the stock bars....
Get yourself a set of the MSR, ATV low bars. I have the ATV high on mine and there is less pullback than the stock bars, but I wanted more height. The lows have even less pullback without being higher, and I found mine for under $15.00. They're a steel, 7/8" bar so they just bolt right into the stock clamps and the stock bar end weights work fine too.


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I just bought the MSR high bars last night, paid $28 including shipping.

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hmmmm...they're available from most bike shops, and usually at a better price, not that $28.00 is comparable to the $80.00 to $100.00 some guys are paying for the "designer" bars. Like I said, I picked mine up for under $15.00, I think it was $11.95, plus tax, if I remember.

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hmmmm...they're available from most bike shops, and usually at a better price, not that $28.00 is comparable to the $80.00 to $100.00 some guys are paying for the "designer" bars. Like I said, I picked mine up for under $15.00, I think it was $11.95, plus tax, if I remember.

I got a set of the MSR's before I went with protaper to make sure I liked the height at sweep.

MSR's have a lot more flex noticable on rough roads...
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MSR's have a lot more flex noticable on rough roads...
...to help soak up the vibrations. I've had my bike fully loaded and caught it by one grip when it was going over. If the bars didn't break from that they won't break when you're pottering along on rough roads.

I understand the alu bars have more cool and cache but, let's admit it, they are expensive overkill for 99.9999% of Strom riders.

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