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There's many "good" brands out there, some even make complete kits for the swap out (control cables, hydraulic lines, etc.) ............... Everyone has their opinion on what "good" is so it's subjective........ I think there's budman risers for your bike, plus bars with more pullback will help you out
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There's members with handle bar conversions, give them time they will help out here
Oh my gosh thank you so much
 

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Yea from your photo bars need to be rotated up in the clamps - the rise in the bars should be equal to or slightly aft of the alignment with the extended center line of the forks when viewed from the side - I use the same DX bars on my R model without the 3.5 Lb ! DX riser and they work great - You can also retain the DX riser and buy a higher, flatter pullback handlebar and get more room that will make you much happier than Apes. Having said that mini Apes might be OK for you but at some point it takes new throttle, front brake & clutch cables, add $ 500 to the deal, so you have to be aware of that. From what I see rotate the bars up in the clamps, ride it and decide if you need a higher, flatter pullback bar and work it to stay in range of the stock cables, wires and hoses and you'll be a happy camper ( or V Rodder ) ! (y) :cool:
Thank you so much!! Wow that's amazing advice! I will try that this spring!
 

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Ya know it's funny the relationship of handlebar angle to fork angle - makes a huge difference on how the bike steers - look closely at the angle of the grips to the ground too - if bars are too far forward the outer grip will be higher than the inboard grip - pulls you forward & up higher but can be a bit squirrely feeling. That's when you know you may be too far forward, so you need a flatter bar with less pullback for your reach. I always like my bars with the outboard grip slightly lower than the inboard grip - at the right height - and equal to or less than fork angle, its a bit more natural for the wrists and lay on of the hands. Might take a few handlebars to find the perfect set for your arm length, torso height, where you sit on the seat, etc. but it's worth it. If you look at Apes and to a lesser degree mini Apes they have to be rotated forward to give reach room due to the angle of the forks, higher bars get too close to the rider. This is where weird things happen to your body position and most importantly your hands might be father forward than the steering stem. Like anti - leverage more squirrely power steering. I've seen guys sell 25K bikes because they didn't want to spend a few hundred to a thousand bucks for the proper ergonomics that a new seat and handlebars can provide. Make your bike fit you - totally improves everything, including how long you can ride it comfortably & the resultant safety - (y):cool:
Thank you so much I will start researching that right now!! I really had no idea it had that much of an impact!
 
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