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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-30-2017, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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How long to get used to these?

I just bought an '09 CVO RG and it has something that I have never had before.
Performance Machine 14" Apes. I've ridden it only for a short test ride and wonder how long I should try to get used to the new position.
My '04 Super Glide had 3 inch risers and Flat Track bars and was perfectly comfortable. I have also ridden RG's
at my local demo days in the past and found the stock bars quite natural.

The new experience is, while not uncomfortable, just not natural for me. Now I understand that there is quite a difference from the other setups and there will be a learning curve but I just wonder if anybody else has made a similar change and if so, how long before you felt completely comfortable with the new setup.

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I feel you man 14's are pretty tall to me and I'm 6'2 but... After putting 12's on my RG, the first couple rides I thought it was a bad idea. Then after riding it for a week I started thinking of other things while riding. Then about a month later a buddy bought a brand new stock RG, so I jumped on for a short ride. Then I remebered how much I did not miss my stock bars. Nice looking ride, dont let the bars turn you off, they change easy! Good luck
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I feel you man 14's are pretty tall to me and I'm 6'2 but... After putting 12's on my RG, the first couple rides I thought it was a bad idea. Then after riding it for a week I started thinking of other things while riding. Then about a month later a buddy bought a brand new stock RG, so I jumped on for a short ride. Then I remebered how much I did not miss my stock bars. Nice looking ride, dont let the bars turn you off, they change easy! Good luck
I don't intend to cut and run, just trying to get an understanding of other peoples experiences, so thank for your input. I guess the fact that these are my first time with apes and I've been riding for 47 years may help to explain my question. Maybe I'll just concentrate on how weird the footboards feel and forget about the bars like you said.

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that rear fender does't look like a CVO?????
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that rear fender does't look like a CVO?????


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If you are not used to riding with ape hangers it does take a bit to get used to. Take it out for a nice long ride a few times and you will get comfortable with them. But I agree, visually, that does not appear to be a CVO. What does your title say?


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But I agree, visually, that does not appear to be a CVO. What does your title say?
Title code is 5HD1PY for CVO. What happened is that the previous owner had an unfortunate meeting with a deer and the shop that did the repairs had a complete set of body work that was brand new take offs for a custom build that they had done, hence the different look.

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Personally, I like the riding position and bars on the stock '16 RGU.
I also like the riding position and bars on the stock '17 Road King.
The most natural feeling riding position of any Harley I have tried is the '16 Heritage Softail with it's mini apes.

I ride curvy roads and even though I could push shoulder height and higher ape bikes through the curves it never really felt comfortable. Felt like I looked cool, and my armpits felt cool, but just felt dangerous on combination curves.

The nice thing is that it is much easier to go with lower bars than with higher bars since any wiring or plumbing lengthening has already been done.
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I'm a huge fan of the stock bars as well ... For the reasons given above.

Apes are a flashy kind of boulevard cool that I never have liked. They just don't strike me as practical in inclement weather, or during spirited riding.

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Imo. They're comfortable or they're not. I've gone from drag bars to 18" apes and really didn't "need to get used to" them. And I'm not saying that I'm any more experienced or any better of a rider. Just that I know right away if I'm comfortable with something.

I would worry less about giving up and more about my comfort zone.
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