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Potentate




PostSubject: Which handlebar bend?   Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:29 pm

I finally bent my stock bars and after reading other posts I think I'm going to go with pro taper contour as my replacement. I was really quite proud of myself for doing my own research and not making another post that's been covered extensively  horse , but when I went to order and found 13 different bends to choose from..... mind blown. I have zero previous experience, this is literally my first motorcycle. I'm 6'1", and do like to stand up while offroad, but honestly 2/3 of my riding is on pavement. So.....which bend would you suggest?
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PostSubject: Re: Which handlebar bend?   Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:40 am

You're going to get opinions all over the map on this as it's very much a matter of riding style, preference and experience (or lack of) with multiple bends/bars.

I'm 6' 1" as well and my other bike is a WR250F. On that bike I stand 70+% of the time and added bar risers to get it right for standing and technical riding. After a lot of research on the 250R I went with ProTaper EVO Handlebar Windham MX/RM Mid Bend and the
ProTaper Universal Solid Handlebar Mount Kit (raises bars another 3/4"). That turned out to be pretty close, though I still felt I could use another inch or so. Later I added Fastway Evo 4 Foot Pegs, which lowered my the inch and gave me a better feel on the bike.

I also find I'm sitting way more than my 250F but the bars feel great for that and when I do stand things are good. I don't know enough to know if other bars would have been better or not, looking forward to hearing what others have.

Cheers.
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PostSubject: Re: Which handlebar bend?   Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:22 am

At 6' 1" and liking to stand while riding I would probably go with the higher bends they offer (see the chart on the attached page):

http://thesicshop.com/#

I am running the KX High but I am also running a Scotts underbar steering damper which adds a bit more height.

They also sell a line of SE bars (7/8's) that I think have a bit more bend but also feature a cross bar.

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Potentate




PostSubject: Re: Which handlebar bend?   Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:12 am

Thanks for the input, I guess I want something that is higher but doesn't feel too differently. I'll check out that chart.
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PostSubject: Re: Which handlebar bend?   Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:52 pm

Potentate wrote:
I finally bent my stock bars and after reading other posts I think I'm going to go with pro taper contour as my replacement. I was really quite proud of myself for doing my own research and not making another post that's been covered extensively  horse , but when I went to order and found 13 different bends to choose from..... mind blown. I have zero previous experience, this is literally my first motorcycle. I'm 6'1", and do like to stand up while offroad, but honestly 2/3 of my riding is on pavement. So.....which bend would you suggest?

I recently replaced stock bars with Pro Taper SE CR-Mid just because I had them in the garage from another project and they are very close to the stock bend.  Anecdotally I'd say they are a touch straighter, lower and wider but not by much.  I adapted to them almost immediately.  I ride with 30mm Tusk risers  fwiw.  They're good quality bars.

This could also be your chance to try a different bend if, say, you wanted higher bars or similar.

-morgan
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Jerry S




PostSubject: Re: Which handlebar bend?   Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:37 pm

+1 on the Protaper with the KX High Bend.

I wasn't really sure about all the measurements so I went to a local shop and went through the bars until I found what felt right. I definitely like fat bars without the crossbar, the height is a little lower than I like but I'll probably put on a Scott's with a SUB mount to raise them up a little.
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Potentate




PostSubject: Re: Which handlebar bend?   Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:41 pm

Thanks for the input, I feel better about guessing which bend. I think I'm going to try the CR high bend, I do find myself hunching over when I stand. Anyone used the "chub bar" from Rocky Mtn ATV? https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/-/19027/Tusk-Chub-1-1-8%22-Big-Bar?s=161177

It got good reviews on their website.
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