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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 04-18-2019, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Bars 12”s or 14”s

I’m looking at buying a new set of chiseled handlebars for my 18 RGS, but unsure at how high you can do without extensions. I’m also unsure if I want 12”s or 14”s anyone got some insight on what they have and preferences. I live in Washington where it’s more cold than warm, so i don’t want my hands to far up out in the wind .

If you need extensions for the 14”s anyone have part numbers for the equipment required?

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If you go with Factory 47's you do not need wire extensions. I went with 12's as I felt like 14's put your hands too far out.
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What I always say about apes. If you are between 12 or 14. Go with the 14, shouldn't need extensions with a 14 and if you are worried about cold (like I was in WI) I just put on some heated grips. They are the bee's knee's.

Most people who go for the smaller size usually regret no going bigger. But to each their own.
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if you are iffy alway go with the taller one. no extensions needed up to 14 inch but each company will tell you which of their bars fit without anything extra. as far as hands in the wind it will happen with either size so i wouldn't weight that into your thoughts. you are going to need a good set of gloves for cooler days. what you should look at is pull back and width. which isn't talked about much but those are just as important as height.

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I went 12 and regret it. Should've went 14.
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HD Chiseled don't come in 12" and be careful they all are on the narrow side at 31"


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I went with the Factory 47 14" bars . I'm 5'8" and the bars are perfect for me . No extensions needed for install .
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just watch the factory 47 video , do the work yourself, will take 3-4 hours , bring a friend , drink some beers , its painless , if your taller 6'5" go higher that 14's , im 6 8" and 14's arent high enough (but they are comfortable enough), I had 16's on my 2003 Indian Chief and they were perfect, do not and I repeat DO NOT listen to your dealer , dont have them put the bars on for you unless you have money burn
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I went with the 12s. I've had 18s. So I'm fully aware how comfortable or uncomfortable they can be. 12s are dead nuts perfect for me. I'm 5'10ish. I also have the lo profile solo seat. That drops me about 2" from stock. So if I had a stock seat and 14s its likely the same set up. My biggest issue is I'm not a fan of bars way over the fairing. Looks unnatural to me.

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I have the JSR 14" straight meat hooks and couldn't be happier. My lower neck and shoulders use to burn and hurt like the dickens after about an hour of riding and since going with the 14" bars i don't have that problem any more. Now i'm looking for a better helmet cause my head starts hurting after a while.


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