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Handlebar Pullback Recommendations

Looking at replacing my stock bars. I sat on a bike that had 14" Carlini bars with an 8" pullback. They felt pretty good. But still a little off, I think I could go down to a 7" pullback and maybe farther. Just wondering what pullback others have gone with and at what point have you reduced the pullback to far?

For a size reference I am 6'1", with a very muscular build disguised as fat.


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Push them forward an inch if you can.


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Iím not a fan of pushing the bars forwards but you have to do what you have to do.
The reason being is that if they donít follow the lines of the forks (looking at our bikes from the side angle), they look kind of funny.
I know that is dumb reasoning and comfort should come first.
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I've had bars with 5" pull back and 7" pull back, neither worked quite right for me. I too feel the bars should look like an extension of the forks, thus be in line with the forks. Any pulls back seemed to feel off. Now running FXR bars with zero pull back and 12 degree wrist angle in line with the forks and are perfect for me. I'm 5'10'
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Bar Width also effects the pull back. I was not a fan of the 35-36" width of a lot of the popular bars. I went with Road 6 customs 13" Standard apes. The have a 6" pull back and it set my arms and wrists in a perfect place, also in line with forks. 5K trips are no problem now. I'm 5'11" and have a seat the puts me down and back about an inch. Oh and also ride an RGU
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Good question. Takes me to my imaginary place of “If I owned a dealership.....”. I’d have a bike frame with a seat that moved forward/backward and up/down, floorboards that did the same, so that how you sit on your bike could be perfectly replicated. And it would have a handlebar that adjusted in every manner.....height, pullback, wrist angle, etc. I’d say, “Tell me where you want them.”, and I’d go to my computer and hand you a list of bars available on the market to get you right where you want to be. Am I dreaming?

I’m 5’7”, and I want to be able to sit on my RGU with my arms hanging straight down, bend my arms up at the elbow 90 degrees, and dangit, that’s right where I want my grips. But no one can tell me what bars to order because they don’t know exactly how I had MCC alter my seat, or what position my backrest is in, or even how I like to sit. Some like to slouch their back and hang onto tall apes, some like to sit perfectly erect and have the bars right where they need to be to facilitate countersteering in the twisties (me).

You ask a question that is as hard to answer as how tall of a windshield to order, because we all come in different sizes, and sit differently. But I agree with the point that, no matter how you want your bars, they should be in line with the fork. All I can figure to do is to sit on my bike, and measure some stuff, like where I want my hands, relative to the handlebar clamp, then call a couple of makers, like Klock Werks, and ask them if they can get me there. I DO NOT want to go through 2 or 3 attempts to get this right. Let me know if anyone has any better ideas.
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. All I can figure to do is to sit on my bike, and measure some stuff, like where I want my hands, relative to the handlebar clamp, then call a couple of makers,
I went to Meet and Greets and asked "what kind of bars they were" when they told me I asked if I could sit on the bike to check it out. (I know kinda Geeky). Then I sat on my Bike with a Yardstick for height and width. I purchased a set of bars and the pullback was too little... then purchased what I have now and are perfect. This worked for me.... Just my 2 cents
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Iím not a fan of pushing the bars forwards but you have to do what you have to do.
The reason being is that if they donít follow the lines of the forks (looking at our bikes from the side angle), they look kind of funny.
I know that is dumb reasoning and comfort should come first.

You gonna ride it, or sit around looking at it?

No one notices, unless they are looking for bars. Within reason, set them where you can get your arms straight without sitting in the BoB seat.
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