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post #1 of 9 Old 03-15-2004, 04:25 PM
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anyone tried mx style bars on their bike?the stock ones are about as strong as string cheese.bent from just barely tying bike down with the bar harness.going to try the renthal fatbars i think if i can find a friendly enough bend with enough pullback.
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-18-2004, 12:20 PM
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tried the renthal fatbars with the universal mount kit off one of the dualsports-cr high bend-bad idea,too far forward and not enough sweep.got a set of stock bars off the ktm 950 adventure and liking those much better.i put some insert weights in them to dampen vibration and i think i found a winner.slightly more forward than stock but the wimpy stock bars had to go.folding bars are only supposed to be on the old z50.the feedback through the bars is increased but the solid feel is worth it.
post #3 of 9 Old 03-19-2004, 11:41 AM
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got a set of stock bars off the ktm 950 adventure and liking those much better.
New? How much? Do they use the stock mounts?

Inquiring minds, thanks...
 
post #4 of 9 Old 03-19-2004, 01:26 PM
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the universal mount kit from answer or renthal adapts from 7/8" to 1 1/8" bars so you can put pro-taper style bars on in place of standard 7/8".the bars came from a ktm dealer and they are spendy being OEM.mount kit about $60 and bars about $140.bars cost a lot more because i found a dealer who had them and paid full price.i could have waited several days and got the bars for about $100 but patience is not something i've ever had.the insert weights for the bars are for off-road and i believe they were another $50.
post #5 of 9 Old 03-19-2004, 01:48 PM
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the universal mount kit from answer or renthal
I've seen one universal kit and it had an offset feature of some sort that seemed unnecessary and unattractive. Are both kits functionally similar or is one more like the stock setup, just "straight?"

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HH
post #6 of 9 Old 03-26-2004, 11:57 AM
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both kits are the offset like you've seen but they work very well.the offset is necessary to retain the strength needed for offroad abuse and it increases the clamping area.with the bar pad on you don't see them anyway.when bolted on they don't look odd without the pad,i ran them uncovered on the klr for thousands of miles with no problems.
post #7 of 9 Old 03-26-2004, 12:20 PM
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I'm just wondering about clearance if I wanted to go to a Scotts steering dampener. Looks like the offset mounts would take up necessary room...
post #8 of 9 Old 03-26-2004, 12:54 PM
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more technical info for most common mounts i've seen is available from BRP www.brpit.com they make their own stuff in house and they sell the scotts dampers.great guys to deal with and they may be able to answer your concerns.also check out GPR stabilizers for some of their bike specific kits including a trick new mount for under the bars.
post #9 of 9 Old 03-29-2004, 01:53 PM
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FWIW I have just installed a set of regular steel MX bars on my Yellow '03'

They are CR hi bend pattern and are painted gloss black. They cost $C20

They are the perfect fit and the bar to tank clearance on full lock is about 1/2". The clearance from the handguard to the fairing notch is the same. The cross bar makes a great perch for my GPS mount . I filed the tabs off the switch housings rather tha drill the bars.

The riding position as about 2" lower and 2" forward which I find perfect for more aggressive cornering and sport touring.

This seems to be the the simplest and cheapest way of improving the ergo's without buying bar risers, or conversion parts. The standard bar weights can also be reused.


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