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post #1 of 7 Old 12-21-2006, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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First Wee Farkles...

Gold anodized Pro-Taper fat bars with Tag adaptor risers, and a Madstad bracket.

Nothing hits the fairing or windscreen at full lock.

I also bought a pair of black Acerbis Rally Dual-Sport handguards, the ones with the built-in turn signals, but I need the fat bar fitting kit instead of the supplied clamps.

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-21-2006, 10:54 PM
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My first two farkles were Suzuki handguards and a Powerlet plug for my electric vest.

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Pro-Tapers and Madstad Ridden

Just took the first ride with the Pro-Tapers and the Madstad bracket (with the stock DL650 screen.)

HOLY SHEET! A new bike! Absolutely no buffeting with the screen at mid-point both vertically and angle.

And the sit-up and beg riding position is gone, replaced by a comfortable, slightly-forward lean and straight wrists. I love it!

Any vibration without the bar-ends was negligible, but I just mounted the stock weights back on with some hardware left over from some Acerbis handguards. I haven't ridden it yet with the weights...

The Acerbis handguards had to go back to the stealer. There was NO WAY to avoid them hitting the screen or fairing at full lock with the Pro-Tapers and risers.

With the credit from returning the Acerbis' (Acerbises, Acerbi?) I ordered a pair of IMS Superstock stainless steel footpegs, which the stealer matched the on-line price (at amotostuff.com) of $68 bucks. Not bad!

Ho, ho, ho!

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Which bar bend did you get?

Personally my #2 farkle is going to be SX bend bars from TIG. The fat bars sure look trick but the need for special mounting HW is a turn-off for me.
Yeah, I know - I'm cheap.

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post #5 of 7 Old 12-26-2006, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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Which bar bend did you get?

Personally my #2 farkle is going to be SX bend bars from TIG. The fat bars sure look trick but the need for special mounting HW is a turn-off for me.
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Not sure of th bend. They're superbike-style, low and straight. They're the Contour "brand" of Pro-Tapers, which are slightly cheaper than the regular Pro-Tapers. I asked the sales guy in the shop what the difference was, and he said "stickers". (they don't have any stickers, the graphics are silk screened!)

The TAG mounting brackets were $29 bucks!. Much less than some...

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OK. I got my TAG bars installed yesterday. And what a huge difference!
The bike transformed from a relaxed "old man's bike" to a dynamic hooligan bike.

The SX bars are really wide (32") and very flat & straight, not much pull-back or rise. That makes the riding position bit more agressive than stock. Also, the leverage provided by the wider bars makes bike just snap into corners. (it also makes bike bit "twitcy" if one is not carefull to keep the arms relaxed)
For someone who's not looking for such an extreme bars, I think the classic CR-Hi would work great (I have those on my KLR).

Another observation. With aluminum bars there's no need for the end weights. I didn't notice ANY additional vibration on the grips with the weights left out.

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Another observation. With aluminum bars there's no need for the end weights. I didn't notice ANY additional vibration on the grips with the weights left out.

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Absolutely! I couldn't believe it either. I thought the aluminum being stiffer than steel would transmit more vibration, but it doesn't!

I put the weights back on anyway. I figure they might be sacrificed in a tip-over and save the bars.

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