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So I'm not sure if this question has been posted before but I had to ask. Does anyone have any issues maneuvering your bike when your apes are positioned just forward of being inline with your forks? I'm talking about situations like backing your bike into a parking spot. I have 11 inch apes that where just forward of being inline when I bought it. No real issues riding that way. As a matter of fact I rode it 325 miles back home from the dealership with no issues. But I had difficulty maneuvering the bike when I have to back it in our out of my garage. I really like the way it looks pushed forward, but had to pull them back in line to get more control. When its forward it feels like my center of gravity seems off. I'm not a huge guy (Just shy of 6 foot) but id like to ride again in the original handlebar position that it came with. Looking for advice / suggestion that would help facilitate this or if I should just learn to love they way they are now.
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Thatís a tough one. I ride with 16Ē apes and much prefer them pushed fwd of inline with the forks, both for riding and parking lot maneuvering. It probably helps that I have knuckle-dragging, gorilla length arms.

If itís a matter of reach, I think youíd have settle for having them pulled back toward you some. That, or get a set of apes that are curved back toward you. Iíve seen several sets of those that look good.


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My arms are not real long but they feel right when the bars are forward when im riding. Unfortunately I think my legs may not be long enough. When moving my bike around my center of gravity seems awkwardly forward over the tank. Maybe I can find a forward angle that gives me the best of both worlds.
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So I'm not sure if this question has been posted before but I had to ask. Does anyone have any issues maneuvering your bike when your apes are positioned just forward of being inline with your forks? I'm talking about situations like backing your bike into a parking spot. I have 11 inch apes that where just forward of being inline when I bought it. No real issues riding that way. As a matter of fact I rode it 325 miles back home from the dealership with no issues. But I had difficulty maneuvering the bike when I have to back it in our out of my garage. I really like the way it looks pushed forward, but had to pull them back in line to get more control. When its forward it feels like my center of gravity seems off. I'm not a huge guy (Just shy of 6 foot) but id like to ride again in the original handlebar position that it came with. Looking for advice / suggestion that would help facilitate this or if I should just learn to love they way they are now.
You can see in my sig picture that my 16" apes are just slightly forward of my fork angle, and for me it's spot on perfect.

I can ride in circles all day long and can push my bike around if needed without any issues.

Before you lock your bars down, you should do a few test positions until you find what works best for you.

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It may not be the cheapest option, but might be the best solution for your wants.

Have you considered a set of Carlini bars? They have several styles that have the swept back/swept forward look that might help give you a neutral position, but appear to be swept forward the way you like..... just a thought.

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So I'm not sure if this question has been posted before but I had to ask. Does anyone have any issues maneuvering your bike when your apes are positioned just forward of being inline with your forks? I'm talking about situations like backing your bike into a parking spot. I have 11 inch apes that where just forward of being inline when I bought it. No real issues riding that way. As a matter of fact I rode it 325 miles back home from the dealership with no issues. But I had difficulty maneuvering the bike when I have to back it in our out of my garage. I really like the way it looks pushed forward, but had to pull them back in line to get more control. When its forward it feels like my center of gravity seems off. I'm not a huge guy (Just shy of 6 foot) but id like to ride again in the original handlebar position that it came with. Looking for advice / suggestion that would help facilitate this or if I should just learn to love they way they are now.
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Ill have to give a few different positions and see what works for me
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I always thought, someday when I grow up I'm gonna get a Harley. Vromvrom, vromvrom, vrooom! I'll have my girl on the back seat holdin' on to my fat belly - sure she's missin' a few teeth, but she thinks I'm coool. That's why, when I grow up, I'm gonna be a Harley rider!
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And I love carllini apes....maybe one day if the wife lets me have some of next years tax return lol
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