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HELP! 11" or 14" apes?

Need some help here guys.
After going back and forth on what handlebars to put on my 2010 RG, I have narrowed it down to 1 bar, but cant decide which height. i need to order them today. im 5'6" and want the Santee apes. Cant decide 11" or 14".
Slowglide has the 14s and they look awesome. I wouldnt push them straight up like his though, I would set them more in line with the fork angle.
So 14s or 11s?
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14's!

Im 5'9 and have 14's. Wish I woulda went with the 16's. I did however get longer cables so I can do the 16's.
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I am running the Yaffee 10's, and am seriously consdering going to something taller. The Yaffee's are sweet bars, but I could use more height.
If you are going to run these pulled back a little farther, you shouldn't have a problem.




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Not for nothing...but if you are going to have Apes and not push them forward...(which i still don't understand, but to each there own) then i would stay shorter. Get too tall and you will be riding with your hands by your ears...


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Not for nothing...but if you are going to have Apes and not push them forward...(which i still don't understand, but to each there own) then i would stay shorter. Get too tall and you will be riding with your hands by your ears...
I understand your point, and understand you dont like the real tall apes look on RG. Thanks for your honesty!
No matter what size of apes 10"-14", if i had them straight up and down, I would have a hard time reaching them.
i have my stock bars rolled as far down as they can go (as close the me as possible tho) and still am stretched( no bending of the elbow) and slightly hunched, with a reach seat. i have super short arms, so if having the bars at my ears is more comfortable, im game.
I wouldnt roll them down too far( at least not farther than the fork angle, probably just up a little more) as I realize that is not aesthetically pleasing.
What I want is the height of the bars so Im about at shoulder height, but have them close to me so I can reach them without having to lean forward to reach them. I have a bulged disc in my lower back, so prefer to ride with my back straight and not kicked back or slumped ,like most Harleys.

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14's!

Im 5'9 and have 14's. Wish I woulda went with the 16's. I did however get longer cables so I can do the 16's.
thanks Tracy! i always hear most people wish they would have gone taller.
I will have to check out the pix of your bike? where are they?
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I am running the Yaffee 10's, and am seriously consdering going to something taller. The Yaffee's are sweet bars, but I could use more height.
If you are going to run these pulled back a little farther, you shouldn't have a problem.
Thanks Rowdy. As I hear from most people," i wish I would have gone taller"
i dont want that to be the case with me.
Im gonna order the 14"s and sit with them on the bike, check out where the most comfortable position is, and if i decide, it looks funny, or doesnt fit me, i will pay the 15% re-stocking fee and order the 11"s. ( would only be out about $20)

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I understand your point, and understand you dont like the real tall apes look on RG. Thanks for your honesty!
No matter what size of apes 10"-14", if i had them straight up and down, I would have a hard time reaching them.
i have my stock bars rolled as far down as they can go (as close the me as possible tho) and still am stretched( no bending of the elbow) and slightly hunched, with a reach seat. i have super short arms, so if having the bars at my ears is more comfortable, im game.
I wouldnt roll them down too far( at least not farther than the fork angle, probably just up a little more) as I realize that is not aesthetically pleasing.
What I want is the height of the bars so Im about at shoulder height, but have them close to me so I can reach them without having to lean forward to reach them. I have a bulged disc in my lower back, so prefer to ride with my back straight and not kicked back or slumped ,like most Harleys.


It's all good man! 2 wheels is what's important. I maybe should have stated my opinion on the looks of the apes on a seperate thread as it was not directed at you just more so my opinion. With that being said i hope you get what you like and when you do get your set up we need some pics. RG's are RG's and i like to look at then all in all their various forms!


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thanks Tracy! i always hear most people wish they would have gone taller.
I will have to check out the pix of your bike? where are they?
Actually the only pic Ive uploaded so far on here is in my album from when I bought it...I'll get one on here tonight of it currently. Ive added a few goodies, have more in the garage to put on it. My husband is painting it this winter so I hate to put it all just for a few months of riding just to take it all off.
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It's all good man! 2 wheels is what's important. I maybe should have stated my opinion on the looks of the apes on a seperate thread as it was not directed at you just more so my opinion. With that being said i hope you get what you like and when you do get your set up we need some pics. RG's are RG's and i like to look at then all in all their various forms!
No offense taken at all J -man! I welcome any and all opinions and appreciate it!

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ordered the 14" santees and should have the bike back tomorrow!
Im super excited!

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