Flame suit is on an checked...... Cause I know there are some folks who 1. HATE apes... especially on the shark nose. And 2. There are some folk who HATE Carlini Bars.....
I decided on some Carlini Flying apes.
PYO monkey bars look SOOOOO GOOD on RG's. However, unlike a monkey, I have SHORT arms. So Monkey Bars were out. I had myself measured sitting on the bike and I knew I needed AT LEAST 12" pull back. I knew I needed 12"-14" height. These parameters left me with Wild One 502's, Carlini Standard apes, Carlini Flying apes , or custom fabrication.
To MY personal eye, the strait up and down bars did not follow the lines of the shark nose fairing (this is my OPINION!!! Don't flame me if you are a Carlini 'hater', or have a preference for the other styles of bars!!). So WO 502's and Carlini Standard Apes were out.
This left Carlini Flying and custom fab. I was hesitant about Carlini Flying apes because I had never seen an RG with them on (other than the web site). However I happened apon a couple RG's with custom fabb'ed bars that had the similar 'bowed' curves to the Calrlini flying. Although 'grandiose' in proportion, those custom 'bowed' back bars looked at home with the shark nose... Once I saw in my head the lines I wanted, I was too impatient to get some custom fabb'ed bars so I diceded to take a chance.
WOW!!! I'm I glad a listened to my gut!
I decided on Avon Grips because I heard too much positive hype, and as the Brits say; " they are the t!ts!!!
-Yes! Carlini's are steeped in controversy and negative hype, mainly because they ARE EXPENSIVE AS H3LL!!! Yes [email protected]; more expensive than they need to be! Yes, I could have had some made for less, and all that other hater'ation people gripe about.....But I am THAT R.U.B y'all love to hate, so eat your heart out if you don't like it!
- yes! I switched out all the lines, brake and clutch cables. One of you wrench monkeys out there might figure how to do it without changing every dang thang, but I ain't the one to cut corners. Plus the upgrades steel braded lines covered in black urethane, and low friction clutch cable perform WAY better than stock.
-Yes! That is a 16" CB Dome shield, and NO the bars DON'T slam against the fairing!!!
-Carlini claim that the flying apes at AT LEAST 1" taller than stated... These puppies are INDEED taller than 12" and prolly more like 13.5!!
These bars are incredible for the look, the bend, and the grips feel great. Wish I could have decided on bars way earlier, but you can't rush perfection. These put my hands in the PERFECT position for MY taste and 5' 11' frame; 32" inseam; 34-35" shirt sleeves.
More pics in BETER light and different angles, and review comments to follow... Sorry about the low light iPhone pics, my main camera is busted...