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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 04-01-2018, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Factory 47 Malo Bars 14" or 16"? Review?

Hey guys happy Easter.

Before I get eaten up, yes I KNOW there are a TON of posts about bars (even the Factory 47's specifically apparently) but I am getting a little overwhelmed finding and reading them all so I figured I would try and find some fresh opinions.

So, a have a 2012 RG Custom and I have done a TON of stuff, all that's left is the bars. I have spent probably 6 months looking at different apes, riding anybody's bike who will let me with different bars, reading reviews and etc and I just can't commit. That being said, I LOVE the Malo's by Factory 47 and I think those could be the ones, but of course, I cannot for the life of me find anyone with any to try or even sit on.

So, two questions, first of all - anybody that has them, do you love them? Anything you wish was different about them?

Second, and yes I know it is difficult to answer just humor me, what size should I be looking at? I am 6 foot tall, ride very upright most always because of my back (slipped disk) and I have the adjustable rider backrest. I was looking at probably 14"s or 16"s, as I am assuming the 12"s just won't cut it.

Any and all help is greatly greatly appreciated,

Thanks!!


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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old 04-01-2018, 12:52 PM
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I have factory 47's in 14 ". At 6'3 they are right at shoulder level and very comfortable. If I had to do it over again I probably would have went 16". I just didn't want to spend the money on cables and wires.
The drawback, to me, with the factory 47s is, everybody has them. 3 out of the 7 or 8 people I ride with have them now. Had a set of Carlini menace on my heritage and I might go back to them if/when I change to 16's.
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I have factory 47's in 14 ". At 6'3 they are right at shoulder level and very comfortable. If I had to do it over again I probably would have went 16". I just didn't want to spend the money on cables and wires.
The drawback, to me, with the factory 47s is, everybody has them. 3 out of the 7 or 8 people I ride with have them now. Had a set of Carlini menace on my heritage and I might go back to them if/when I change to 16's.
Thanks for the advice. The commonality isn't something I thought about actually so that is a good point.
Is the reason you would potentially go to the 16's because the 14's are just not quite high enough? Because if so, I am about 3" shorter than you are, they may work perfect for me. If it is a position/comfort thing though, perhaps I will look at the Carlini's. I know that they are very nice as well, although I would do the 1.5" versus the 1.25" I think for sure .
What do you like about the Menaces over the Malo's?
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The big draw for me with Carlinis is originality and I like the thicker bars. I'm not 100 % sure but I think you would have to change risers also, unless they neck down. The pull back on them was also very comfortable and the quality was top notch.
As far as height goes, I think I could easily do 18's. I personally don't like bars that high over the fairing. At your height I wouldn't be worried about 16's, it is more of what you like verse how it looks. I don't think I've ever heard any one say "I wish I would have went shorter"
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What about the Carlini Menace bars? Anybody else got any feedback on those? If so, what height dis you get them and how tall are ya - thanks again!!
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I am 6'-3" and I have 16's they are great for me...
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I am 6'-3" and I have 16's they are great for me...
The 16" Malo's, or the 16" Carlini Menace's?
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The 16" Malo's, or the 16" Carlini Menace's?
Had 16" Malo's on the road glide, have 16" factory 47's on a CVO street glide now. I prefer factory 47's
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I have F47 14" bars on my RG. I'm 6'1" and wish I put 16's on instead.
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16"x1.5 dia. Factory 47's on my old 2013 CVO road glide.
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