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Hey guys happy Easter.

Before I get eaten up, yes I KNOW there are a TON of posts about bars (even the Factory 47's specifically apparently) but I am getting a little overwhelmed finding and reading them all so I figured I would try and find some fresh opinions.

So, a have a 2012 RG Custom and I have done a TON of stuff, all that's left is the bars. I have spent probably 6 months looking at different apes, riding anybody's bike who will let me with different bars, reading reviews and etc and I just can't commit. That being said, I LOVE the Malo's by Factory 47 and I think those could be the ones, but of course, I cannot for the life of me find anyone with any to try or even sit on.

So, two questions, first of all - anybody that has them, do you love them? Anything you wish was different about them?

Second, and yes I know it is difficult to answer just humor me, what size should I be looking at? I am 6 foot tall, ride very upright most always because of my back (slipped disk) and I have the adjustable rider backrest. I was looking at probably 14"s or 16"s, as I am assuming the 12"s just won't cut it.

Any and all help is greatly greatly appreciated,

Thanks!!


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I have factory 47's in 14 ". At 6'3 they are right at shoulder level and very comfortable. If I had to do it over again I probably would have went 16". I just didn't want to spend the money on cables and wires.
The drawback, to me, with the factory 47s is, everybody has them. 3 out of the 7 or 8 people I ride with have them now. Had a set of Carlini menace on my heritage and I might go back to them if/when I change to 16's.
 

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I have factory 47's in 14 ". At 6'3 they are right at shoulder level and very comfortable. If I had to do it over again I probably would have went 16". I just didn't want to spend the money on cables and wires.
The drawback, to me, with the factory 47s is, everybody has them. 3 out of the 7 or 8 people I ride with have them now. Had a set of Carlini menace on my heritage and I might go back to them if/when I change to 16's.
Thanks for the advice. The commonality isn't something I thought about actually so that is a good point.
Is the reason you would potentially go to the 16's because the 14's are just not quite high enough? Because if so, I am about 3" shorter than you are, they may work perfect for me. If it is a position/comfort thing though, perhaps I will look at the Carlini's. I know that they are very nice as well, although I would do the 1.5" versus the 1.25" I think for sure .
What do you like about the Menaces over the Malo's?
 

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The big draw for me with Carlinis is originality and I like the thicker bars. I'm not 100 % sure but I think you would have to change risers also, unless they neck down. The pull back on them was also very comfortable and the quality was top notch.
As far as height goes, I think I could easily do 18's. I personally don't like bars that high over the fairing. At your height I wouldn't be worried about 16's, it is more of what you like verse how it looks. I don't think I've ever heard any one say "I wish I would have went shorter"
 

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What about the Carlini Menace bars? Anybody else got any feedback on those? If so, what height dis you get them and how tall are ya - thanks again!!
 

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Keep an eye on the width between the 14" and 16"...I am running 16" on my 17 RGU and noticed right away that my hands are out in the airstream a good amount compared to stock. I am 6'7" and the 16" are comfortable, keeps me sitting straight...little lower than my shoulders...better than stock though.
 

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Keep an eye on the width between the 14" and 16"...I am running 16" on my 17 RGU and noticed right away that my hands are out in the airstream a good amount compared to stock. I am 6'7" and the 16" are comfortable, keeps me sitting straight...little lower than my shoulders...better than stock though.
You know what it's funny you say that man because I was thinking that as I compared all those bars as well... The 16" Malo's run 38.5" wide, while the 14" Malo's run 37". So an inch and half wider on those which doesn't seem like a lot nut I know can probably make a huge difference in wind exposure, comfort and probably low speed handling. At 6'7 I am sure the 16"s are about the lowest you can realistically go anyway lol
 

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So I THINK i am gonna go with the 16" rise as far as height.... it seems everybody that runs them (of various heights) loves them , and I have read more than once about the 14"s that people had 'wished they had gone taller'.

Now I just need to decide between the Menace by Carlini, and the Malo's by F47. I literally love both for different reasons, and I think they both would look good.

One thing I did notice is that the width on the 16"s from F47 are 38.5", while the width on the Menace bars are only 36". I know that that is like substantially different.... I have not ridden either, not for lack of trying, and I do not think at this point I am going to get to either, so what about some opinions on that? Pros and cons to going a little narrower versus a little wider at 16" height? If it helps, remember I am running a 2012 RG Custom with a tiny windshield which yes I could switch out if needed for looks and etc (about 5" blacked out).

Any opinions on if I should swoop the chrome or the all black are welcome as well....my bike is Sedona Orange with a matte black Vance and Hines exhaust system, chrome everything else 😎😎😎
 

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That is a bad ass looking bike brother, the bars look killer. Notice the wind in your hands a whole lot more than stock/lower bars or not so much?
Yes, but I don't whine about the wind. It's part of the reason I ride motorcycles...Hence the Old saying "In The Wind"
So let me guess, no fairing or windshield on the bike either then? Not bad ass enough for the 20" gangsta apes yet tho or what?

LOL I'm kidding I'm kidding but yeah I get it i like the wind too, but I am also in Washington State and I ride year round rain wind or snow so I mean I'm not gonna 'complain' about a little wind, but if it is like the difference between getting lashed through thick gloves regardless of the weather, and zero with the shorter bars, well, call me a whiner I guess lmao
 

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So let me guess, no fairing or windshield on the bike either then? Not bad ass enough for the 20" gangsta apes yet tho or what?

LOL I'm kidding I'm kidding but yeah I get it i like the wind too, but I am also in Washington State and I ride year round rain wind or snow so I mean I'm not gonna 'complain' about a little wind, but if it is like the difference between getting lashed through thick gloves regardless of the weather, and zero with the shorter bars, well, call me a whiner I guess lmao
I have 18" apes on my Heritage Softail. They have a handlebar height limit here in Lousy-ana and they enforce it to a degree. The 18's are almost over the limit. When I ride in town, I sit up straight , not slumped down. That Makes the height not look so obvious.
 

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