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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-27-2012, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Stock bars are gonna cripple me!

I picked up my new FLTRX 4 days ago and immediately started with modifications to address the buffeting issues. Got the HD deflectors. Ordered a Madstad 13" windshield (figured I'd eventually end up with one so why waste time and money on a pile of mistakes) as well as a pair of Sancho's wings. I think these will all be helpful in that regard. The other issue I noticed almost immediately was the pain and numbness I'm getting in my wrist and fingertips. Day one, I only rode a little over 50 miles and about two thirds of the way there, I had pain down the center of my left wrist and numbness in my right thumb, index and middle fingers. Day two was about the same on another 50 mile ride. Day 3, yesterday, was 108 miles and I got to the point where I was constantly trading left to right hand only ( glad to have cruise!). Today was 140 miles and it's starting to cause pain that lingers after the riding is done. So, I want to order bars ASAP. I've read lots of the bar threads here and did my searches, and I'm thinking of ordering the Klock Werks ergo back bars as they might just be a resonably priced solution. The operative word here is "might". I really don't want to start a hit or miss handlebar collection, (although I do have a nice set of beach bars that never made it on to my Deluxe if anyone's interested) so I'm considering the Helibars as a possible solution. Like the Madstad, I think there must be a way to find the "sweet spot". I saw them demonstrated at Laconia HD during bike week and they are really impressive. Anyone here have them? Did you install them yourself? How difficult was the installation? Are you happy with them? I read on their website that they will install them free, but you gotta get to their shop in Maine.

Never had any wrist/finger issues with my stock Deluxe bars. Also, I'm 5'10", 30" inseam.

And, yeah, I know some are gonna tell me I bought an ugly windshield and now am thinking of buying ugly bars...

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-27-2012, 08:19 PM
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maybe look into those ness bars that are adjustable. depends on how high you want them to be. if you like the low look check out the ballistic bars https://www.roadglide.org/showthread.php?t=24968 and trask v bars http://www.traskperformance.com/stre...ne-handle-bars, pricey buy top notch quality.

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I got my '13 FLTRX and I thought that the bars were designed by some kind sadist. I just couldn't imagine a worse bend. SOMEHOW, and I don't know how, they seem natural after a couple of weeks to the point that I actually like them, though I wish they were about one inch closer.
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p.s. I actually like the looks of the Madstad, especially the 13" in the darker tint.
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I got my '13 FLTRX and I thought that the bars were designed by some kind sadist. I just couldn't imagine a worse bend. SOMEHOW, and I don't know how, they seem natural after a couple of weeks to the point that I actually like them, though I wish they were about one inch closer.
Tourq, I had a similar experience with my replacement Lepera Silhouette solo seat on my Deluxe. It absolutely killed me for about two weeks. Couldn't ride 45 minutes without having to stop. I don't know if I broke the seat in or it broke me in, but after the initial two weeks of fire ass, I could suddenly ride all day on that seat. I hope the same thing happens with the bars!
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p.s. I actually like the looks of the Madstad, especially the 13" in the darker tint.
Its crazy, kind of grows on you.
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Just placed the order for the Heli Rebel bars as the people at Horizon assured me that with the lower price ($640 as opposed to $850) there was no difference in performance or safety between these and their standard bars. I know they are pricey, but I want to change my bars immediately and don't want to go down the trial and error route. I'm a bit concerned about the installation. The bars require no extra length in the cables, though I think I read somewhere that the clutch cable will need to be rerouted. If anyone has advice I'd surely appreciate it. I'll post pics when I'm done. The order (free shipping, BTW) usually takes one day from Maine to Rhode Island, but with this storm I'm sure that'll be delayed. Wind is whipping pretty good as I write this!
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I decided to place the order for a set of HeliBars at about 10:30 am on Monday the 29th with the hurricane on the way. Even with the storm delay they arrived this afternoon and shipping was free. I wish I'd been able to take advantage of the free installation they offer but don't see myself being able to break free for the trip up to Maine any time soon. Looks like I'll be installing these myself. I'll be sure to take pics and will let you all know what I think after I get a good ride in with them.
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1) You will love the HD Deflectors and Sancho's Wings. Install those 1st before installing the shield. You might be happy with just those mods. But in the end, the Madstad is a great choice, they simply work.

2) Your description of the wrist and finger pain perplexes me. These are not typical symptoms of bar discomfort. Most of us that have had issues, had the pinch between the shoulder blades, or sore shoulders. Having pain in your wrists/hands would be typically due to grip. If you have too tight a grip, even short of being a death-grip, you will get these kinds of pain, plus forearm pump as well. I doubt, based on your description that a bar change will help you.

Another thing to consider is how you lift your bike off the sidestand. I know it sounds odd, but bear with me...

None of my previous bikes weighed nearly as much as the RG, so the first week or so, I had soreness in certain muscles that weren't used to being used like they are on the RGC. My Hammer S weighed in at just under 700lbs and my Ducati Diavel Carbon weighed 425lbs. I typically would get on the seat, and bring the bike up with my arms/shoulders and not so much with my legs. I realized after the first week that my shoulders hurt quite a bit, and that was due to how I was lifting the bike. I went back to a traditional "lift with leg" approach, and the stress in my shoulders went away. Perhaps this might be one part of your issue as well. All a part of getting accustomed to the ergos of a new bike.

Let us know how the new bars work out. Maybe changing your grips might help too.

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RGC, thanks for taking the time to offer some good advice. I guess it never occurred to me that the problems could be caused by something other than the bars, but it makes sense. I'm coming off a Deluxe and NEVER had any such issues with the stock bars on that bike. I guess I'll find out soon whether or not I like the Helibars. I hope to get them and the Madstad (arrived today) on the bike before Sunday. Already installed the HD deflectors and the Sanch's Wings came yesterday. And THAT's IT...for a while anyway!
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