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post #1 of 14 Old 02-27-2015, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Narrow Handle Bar question

I have a 2013 DL650 which has an unlabeled, aftermarket handlebar, which is about 30 inches wide. My other bikes are of the Sport Touring type and their handle bars are about 25 inches wide. I like the more narrow width.
Can anyone advise me about a VStrom handle bar which is olny about 25 inches wide?

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post #2 of 14 Old 02-27-2015, 05:18 PM
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Seems you are out of luck from what I can tell, and they must be wide enough to fit all of the controls. Dirt bike style bars are your best bet, and you have plenty to choose from. Pro Taper ATV hi and mid are the most popular.


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There is not any problem 'fitting all of the controls'. They do it just fine on all of the Sport and Sport Touring bikes. The only problem, with the type that I currently have would be with the 'reinforcing bar' that is across the middle of the bar.
What I would need ....probably would not have the 'extra' bar across the middle
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The OEM bars are just under 30" wide and I have fitted 32' Pro Taper ATV mid bars which give me more leverage (and have saved me once or twice) on loose or rutted dirt roads. Where will you be riding? Once on my GSXR I followed a mate on a longish trip on a tight winding sealed road with pace on and I couldn't keep up - he was riding his BMW GS.
I think that you will be disappointed, but hey, life is a learning thing.

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I only ride on the road...not on trails/dirt. I understand how wide bars are good on trails/dirt but I prefer the more narrow bar for road riding. The Sport and Sport Touring bikes have the more narrow bars...which I am more used to and find more comfortable.
Thanks for your response. If I work something out, I will post it here.
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I owned a Concours 14 for 4 years, that has clip on bars as do most "true" sport touring machines. So I think what you are looking for is not going to work out real well for you, and I still contest that the Strom controls will likely not fit well on a narrower bar.

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I am not trying to argue with you...I just do not understand your saying that 'the controls will not fit' On the FJR the controls from the outside edge of the grip to the inside edge of the hardware is about 9 inches. On the VStrom it is only about 8 inches. If a handle bar has at least 8 inches of 'control area'...I do not see the problem
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I am not trying to argue with you...I just do not understand your saying that 'the controls will not fit' On the FJR the controls from the outside edge of the grip to the inside edge of the hardware is about 9 inches. On the VStrom it is only about 8 inches. If a handle bar has at least 8 inches of 'control area'...I do not see the problem

Well for one thing the mirrors on the FJR and the C14 are fairing mounted, not on the bars, so that adds even more to the taking up of the width. You also have controls that utilize hand guards on the Stroms as well, once again that takes up additional room. The list of all bars given in the link I gave speaks pretty clearly on what the majority of bar dimensions are.......I wish you the best of luck in finding what works well for you, please report back your findings to share with the collective. I don't know much about these bikes, only been on this forum and owned 2 of them since 2005.

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You did not actually address my question. The VStrom grips and hardware require 8 inches. If a bar has 8 inches I do not see the problem.
btw: I owned an original 2002 DL100 from 02-12...took a couple of years off and then bought the DL650 last year, so....I guess that makes two of us that do not really know much about these bikes
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Like I said.....I wish you the best of luck, and report back if you find a viable solution. The majority want sturdier with less flex and sweep, taller, and wider dirtbike style bars for these bikes. You may try considering the daytona or superbike bars from Bikemaster.

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