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post #1 of 13 Old 02-12-2007, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Is changing the bars only for dirt?

What I mean is, did those of you who replaced the stock handle bars do so because you wanted more control/leverage when riding off road? I'm not planning on taking my Wee in the dirt (ever) and I don't recal ever feeling any bad vibes when riding on the street, but I was wondering if there was another reason to replace them.

I just picked up my OEM handguards yesterday, but I'm hesitant to install them if there's a good reason to upgrade the bars first. I don't suppose it could hurt to have more leverage in the bars regardless of where I ride.

... For the most part I like the height of the stock bars, and would move them up a little if I changed them at all.

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People replace the bars for a variety of reasons: change of riding position, conversion to fatbars, more rigidity/control, more leverage, etc. I think when the day is done, most would admit they just wanted to personalize their bikes some and make them a little more stylish.

I wanted flatter and higher bars, both for street and occasional dirt roads. I've always liked the look of Pro-Taper type bars and they give a smidge more rigidity and a slightly better sense of control. For me, it moved the bike, both in looks and function, closer to the KTM and away from the SV. The stock bars, while completely functional, are cheezy.

But if you're happy with the stock bars, there is no compeling reason to change.

One caution: When the day was done, I had over $500 invested in bar, clamps, throttle lock, hand guards, heated grips, etc. I love it, but if you do the full-meal deal, it all adds up.

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I just changed the stockers out the moose cr-hi. The main reason was comfort. The stock bar had way too much sweep and it was causing my wrist and elbow to hurts in less than an hours time. It was also a little wider and less rise with worked out great as I'm now out of the buffeting zone of the stock windscreen.

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No comparison between the stock crap bars, and a good set of aftermarket bars. I bought mine due to wanting a higher quality setup that was more comfortable, less flex, looks good and works great. Bike just feels much more stable with my Pro Tapers, and more versatile.

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Bike just feels much more stable with my Pro Tapers, and more versatile.

Thanks for the replies, everyone.. I think I'll hold off on installing the guards until I can look at some better bars... I have been noticing a slight lack of fine control in the twisties lately, but I just chalked it up to this bike being a lot heavier than my last one.

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I changed the bar on my Vmax to a drag bar with no rise at all, since the stock bar was way too sit-up-and-beg high...



And I changed the bar on my DRZ400S to a CR Hi bar with more rise than stock, since I spend most of my time on this bike standing up off road on technical trails...




But the stock bar on my new Wee Strom feels just about perfect for my frame. I can't imagine changing it, at least for the type of riding I'll be doing most of the time. But then again, I've ended up changing the bars on every bike I've ever owned, so there just might be a trend there.

A stiffer, high-quality alloy bar is always better, and personalizing the bike with a bend you really like can add a lot of enjoyment to your riding experience.



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Speaking of handlebars...

Is there a set of handlebars that do the same job as up-and-back bar mounts? I like my SW-Motech barbacks, but it would be nice to find a handlebar solution instead.

Plus, I dropped a bar-end screw inside my handlebars and I need a good reason to take down the handlebars.

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But the stock bar on my new Wee Strom feels just about perfect for my frame. I can't imagine changing it, at least for the type of riding I'll be doing most of the time.
I'm torn because while I feel that a slightly wider bar might offer a little more control, I have a very bad habit of spending too much money on my bikes. Something I'm trying hard to overcome.
The bars feel "OK" to me the way they are, but maybe they'd feel better with the upgrade.:???:

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I dropped a bar-end screw inside my handlebars.
That seems like a common problem. I guess you don't have to unscrew those things as far as you might think.

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Well, unless you want some ultra exotic bars you can put dirtbike bars on the strom (I put on a pair of $23 Pro-taper Highs) for a little extra width and a little more height and nominal cost.

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And the added benefit of adding a quality alloy bar, like Renthal, Pro Taper, TAG, or Factory 909, is that they are much less likely to bend in a crash or driveway dropsy.
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