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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-06-2012, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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12" would work for me, 16" would be great but I dont feel spending $1k on all the bs, the stock bars hurt my shoulders bad, the rear delt has a nasty pinch after about 100 miles, need to figure out a solution before spring, and apes look cool and the bikes handles so much better.
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I had 12" bars on my previous bike (Electra Glide) and 14" bars on the one before that (Road King)

Yes they did made my arms, shoulders & upper back relax a bit more during longer rides.
The ONLY negative I have to say about riding with higher bars are 2 things :

1) When it rains ,water runs down your arm into your armpit then down your sides... You'd have to have a well fitted raingear with an airtight seal around your wrist because Im telling you that plain 'ol velcro strap that normal raingear bring are NOT going to preventt water entering your arm..

2) Depending where you live and what time of year you ride (or don't ride)
Cold wind is a bitch when you have your hands up there..... ....

I'd go with no more than 14"... ...


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Do apes make it harder to control in curves ???? what about low speed maneuvering??

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Apes all depend on the height and the width. Last bike I had 21" apes on. Very comfortable on straight away highways, not so good in corners and low speed manuevering. I now have 12" wild one outlaws and thier the best bars I have ever had. Great in turns, handling, highway speeds etc.

The reason I only went with 12's is because I didn't want to spend the money on cables and wiring. I initially thought they were gonna be too small but I have them pushed all the way forward and freakin love them.

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Apes all depend on the height and the width. Last bike I had 21" apes on. Very comfortable on straight away highways, not so good in corners and low speed manuevering. I now have 12" wild one outlaws and thier the best bars I have ever had. Great in turns, handling, highway speeds etc.

The reason I only went with 12's is because I didn't want to spend the money on cables and wiring. I initially thought they were gonna be too small but I have them pushed all the way forward and freakin love them.
Post a Pix. I would like to see how they look...
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Apes all depend on the height and the width. Last bike I had 21" apes on. Very comfortable on straight away highways, not so good in corners and low speed manuevering. I now have 12" wild one outlaws and thier the best bars I have ever had. Great in turns, handling, highway speeds etc.

The reason I only went with 12's is because I didn't want to spend the money on cables and wiring. I initially thought they were gonna be too small but I have them pushed all the way forward and freakin love them.


So 12" would be a safe bet not to change out all the cables, works for me then.
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I am running 14's on mine, and love em. No issues in the turns or slow speed ops. If your pullin up short because of $$$ you may want to think about doing the install yourself. You can spend WAY less than 1K, and have the bars that work for you.
I did it the hard way. I started with 10" PYO monkee bars, and then switched them out for 14's.

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So 12" would be a safe bet not to change out all the cables, works for me then.
12" bars are pretty much the limit for using factory cables. If you have a newer bike some have said that the wires work all the way to 16". And yes Rowdy is correct, doing it yourself will save 100's of dollars. Thier are tremendous do it yourself help on this forum.

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12" bars are pretty much the limit for using factory cables. If you have a newer bike some have said that the wires work all the way to 16". And yes Rowdy is correct, doing it yourself will save 100's of dollars. Thier are tremendous do it yourself help on this forum.
Do you know if the 09 is considered a newer bike that can go higher,
I have done them before on my other bikes, I just don't wnat to fuck around with taking the fairing off, and buying the brake lines and all the electrical work, want somethign easy to do and get away form stock bars asap.
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