Touring Bars - For a coast to coast adventure. - Road Glide Forums
Controls & Handlebars Controls and Handlebars for Road Glides

 6Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-12-2019, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Grutch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 21
Touring Bars - For a coast to coast adventure.

I pondered making one post about my planned mods for the next 10 months. I recently purchased a new 2019 RoadGlide special and I can definitely say the stock bars don't feel right to me. I'm 6' and have a 74" reach (I loved boxing!) and I'm looking for comfortable bars for a long punishing coast to coast ride planned for next year. I'm seeking advice from those with long touring experience to help me select proper bars for my adventure next year. I considered putting all my planned mod ideas in one post, but I think this advice will come handy for others scouring the forum if it's broken up.
Grutch is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-12-2019, 08:07 PM
Life Member
 
RFG7680's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: North East Ohio
Posts: 3,527
Garage
I do long distance riding and for me. The Factory 47 Signature bars were perfect. I'm 5' 10" ran the 12" bars. They were perfect with the low profile solo seat which basically put the bars at 14". I'm in the process of installing the 14" on my Trike.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

"That which we manifest is before us."
BUYER BEWARE @ BATTLEFIELD HARLEY IN GETTYSBURG PA.
RFG7680 is online now  
post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-13-2019, 05:47 AM
Hangaround
 
Road-dawgs1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Northeast
Posts: 93
I had went with KST Customs straightjackets (12”) but the hands were top wide so I went with Khrome Werks Road Glide Touring bars which are the same height as stock but do away with the wood wagon feel of the hand position that the stock bar had. Still have the KST Customs (gloss black) that were only on for a month just hanging around.

2019 FLTRU
Road-dawgs1 is offline  
 
post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-13-2019, 06:33 AM
Life Member
 
twowheeladdict's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 3,622
Question. Are you gripping the bars or resting your hands on the bars? I rest my hands on the bars and the angle of the stock bars are comfortable because they support my hands at an angle so they support my wrists as well. I usually rest two or three fingers on the brake and clutch levers as well.
Grutch likes this.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

2018 Road Glide Special, 2018 Moto Guzzi V7III Carbon, 2019 Royal Enfield Himalayan, 2017 Suzuki Van Van 200

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
twowheeladdict is offline  
post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-13-2019, 08:31 AM
Hangaround
 
Zedbra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Squamish, BC
Posts: 146
Garage
Good advice here, and something I learned from the multitude of bars threads on forums - get the bars that suit your body and riding style the best. I have short legs and a long torso/arms, but narrow shoulders. Having friends and an Indie helping me take measurements as to what would fit me the best, I had bars custom made to my measurements. You do the measurements by sitting on the bike how you would ride - having it upright in a chock is important, and then extend your arms/hands as to where you feel they would be comfortable at 'rest'. I went from 13.5" mini apes that were 39" wide to 16" apes that are 33" wide with 8" pullback. That is what fit me perfect and I can ride all day without any numbness or sore shoulders/hands/forearms.

I am planning a Saddlesore ride later this month, I'm looking forward to it now with the proper bars.

2008 FLTRU w/110" SE TC
Zedbra is offline  
post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-13-2019, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Grutch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 21
There's a lot of great advice here. I'm going to do some measurements when I get back home next week and who knows, maybe talk to Road-dawgs1 about his bars!
Grutch is offline  
post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-14-2019, 12:44 PM
Shark of the Month October 13
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Was northern Maine, now gulf coast of Florida
Posts: 6,630
It seems like many of the long distance touring folks (especially those riding BMWs and Gold Wings) use the adjustable bars available from a small Maine company called Heli Bars. I've never sat behind a pair but the "Iron Butt" crowd love these things. $$$ - a bit pricey but worth it if you're truly comfortable for long distances.
Zedbra likes this.

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” - HST
Uncle Fuzzy is offline  
post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-22-2019, 03:43 PM
Hangaround
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Florida
Posts: 111
Quote:
Originally Posted by Uncle Fuzzy View Post
It seems like many of the long distance touring folks (especially those riding BMWs and Gold Wings) use the adjustable bars available from a small Maine company called Heli Bars. I've never sat behind a pair but the "Iron Butt" crowd love these things. $$$ - a bit pricey but worth it if you're truly comfortable for long distances.
My wife and I both have had heli bars on our road glides for years. Nothing is better.
They are fully adjustable. Easy to set them in the perfect position
Tim Powell is offline  
post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-05-2019, 05:15 PM
Member
 
UltraWalt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Cypress, TX
Posts: 588
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Uncle Fuzzy View Post
It seems like many of the long distance touring folks (especially those riding BMWs and Gold Wings) use the adjustable bars available from a small Maine company called Heli Bars. I've never sat behind a pair but the "Iron Butt" crowd love these things. $$$ - a bit pricey but worth it if you're truly comfortable for long distances.
Thanks for that info and yes, a little pricey for sure.

2019 Roadglide Ultra
UltraWalt is offline  
post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-05-2019, 07:05 PM
Hangaround
 
enddav's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Keller TX
Posts: 75
Garage
I just got back from my 9900 mile, 27 day Alaska trip. I used KST Vanguard style Spearhead 16" The beauty of these is the adjustment for the wrist angle that is at the bottom, so you dont see any funny adjusting thing at the top. I had tried 14" KST Straight Jackets first, the height was good, but the wrist angle was too flat for me. (I have those with 500 miles on them if anyone is interested). I special ordered 16" Spearheads which based on the shape put my hands at about the same height as the more tradition shaped 14" Straight Jackets. I like to just lean back against my backrest, and hang my hands on the grips. It worked for me 7 to 9 hours a day, 27 days in a row.
flhman and Zedbra like this.

2018 FLTRU Silver Fortune / Black Temptest
enddav is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Road Glide Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome