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post #1 of 68 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Why apes?

I like riding long distances and put 10-12 hour days in the saddle all the time. I have a new 2017 road glide and I see everyone upgrading to ape handlebars of some form or fashion. They do look awesome but how are they for long hours. I rolled my stock bars up and they gave my wrist a weird angle. Any recommendations?

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post #2 of 68 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 09:32 PM
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Can't say for the road glide but I'm my dyna it actually felt more comfortable with T bars at a little below shoulder height. I felt forced me to sit up straight rather than being lazy with my posture. I road 350 miles the other day with stock bars and upper back was killing me.


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They just feel right on these bikes.

I had the stockers for a while and hated them.

I then put 13" apes on my sled.

Dig them for sure.

Liked them so much I wish I would have went with 16".

I made a swap with 16" and the rest is history.

My 2015 RGS has 48,000 miles so yes I put in the saddle time.

For me the 16" are perfect for the short haul or the long haul.

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First I'll say different people have different reasons for apes. Now with that said... I originally installed them for a different than stock look but I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they were for me. I'm glad I went with them

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I love my 14" wild1's, super comfortable and makes low speed maneuvers so easy, kinda like power steering!


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post #6 of 68 (permalink) Old 04-21-2017, 12:13 AM
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I have thought about Factory 47 10" they are 1 inch taller than stock RG/RGS but also have a different grip angle. I currently don't mind stock 85% comfortable.
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I'm not a fan of high bars. I put Road 6 Customs 11" Standard Apes on my 15 RGS. My hands are behind the fairing and the grip angle is significantly better for me. I had stockers rolled up, which was an improvement, but the 11" bars are better. I'm 6'
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I hate the stock pull back / grip angle, causes a horrible pain in the middle of my upper back. On my last RGS I installed KST 12" with 6" of pull back and they were great, may go 14" this time around
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I went with apes mainly for wrist angle. That was my first concern. Then I chose the 12" for the height. A few inches over stock but not so high as to not look right. I'm not a fan of bars way above the fairing. I've had 18" apes. But on my 48 Pan with a 14 over front end.

I hated the meat hook look. But it started to grow on me. And I like the 1.5" thickness of the Factory 47s. I added the matching Anarchy bag guards too.

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Previous bike I installed 14" and it took away the shoulder pain, easy to turn, just worked especially on long multiple day trips.
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