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I like riding long distances and put 10-12 hour days in the saddle all the time. I have a new 2017 road glide and I see everyone upgrading to ape handlebars of some form or fashion. They do look awesome but how are they for long hours. I rolled my stock bars up and they gave my wrist a weird angle. Any recommendations?

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Can't say for the road glide but I'm my dyna it actually felt more comfortable with T bars at a little below shoulder height. I felt forced me to sit up straight rather than being lazy with my posture. I road 350 miles the other day with stock bars and upper back was killing me.


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They just feel right on these bikes.

I had the stockers for a while and hated them.

I then put 13" apes on my sled.

Dig them for sure.

Liked them so much I wish I would have went with 16".

I made a swap with 16" and the rest is history.

My 2015 RGS has 48,000 miles so yes I put in the saddle time.

For me the 16" are perfect for the short haul or the long haul.

Good Luck

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First I'll say different people have different reasons for apes. Now with that said... I originally installed them for a different than stock look but I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they were for me. I'm glad I went with them
 

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I'm not a fan of high bars. I put Road 6 Customs 11" Standard Apes on my 15 RGS. My hands are behind the fairing and the grip angle is significantly better for me. I had stockers rolled up, which was an improvement, but the 11" bars are better. I'm 6'
 

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I hate the stock pull back / grip angle, causes a horrible pain in the middle of my upper back. On my last RGS I installed KST 12" with 6" of pull back and they were great, may go 14" this time around
 

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I went with apes mainly for wrist angle. That was my first concern. Then I chose the 12" for the height. A few inches over stock but not so high as to not look right. I'm not a fan of bars way above the fairing. I've had 18" apes. But on my 48 Pan with a 14 over front end.

I hated the meat hook look. But it started to grow on me. And I like the 1.5" thickness of the Factory 47s. I added the matching Anarchy bag guards too.

Happy with everything.
 

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Previous bike I installed 14" and it took away the shoulder pain, easy to turn, just worked especially on long multiple day trips.
 

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Y'all mentioned easy slow speed maneuvering, I would've thought you'd be reaching with that outside hand.

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Was weary of the popular trend toward apes. the more I heard about the better wrist angle and overall comfort, I went for it with 13" bars. Got them adjusted for me and now I wish I had changed to these on my previous bikes. Comfort is so much better and no issues leaning the bike either.
 

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I am not a fan of high bars, dont like the look and I do not believe they can be good for handling, I have never seen a Motorman or a Police Rodeo rider use them, nor a Moto GP racer for that matter.

So its just a looks thing. I think tall Apes look great on a Street Glide, but IMHO they look out of place on the Road Glide. I went with the HD Chiseled Lo Apes and I mounted them pretty low, very near stock bar height. I am happy with them. They look great, and I am happy with the handling. I did however sit on a RG with 14 or 16" Apes and it was decent, not as bad as I thought.
 

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I like riding long distances and put 10-12 hour days in the saddle all the time. I have a new 2017 road glide and I see everyone upgrading to ape handlebars of some form or fashion. They do look awesome but how are they for long hours. I rolled my stock bars up and they gave my wrist a weird angle. Any recommendations?

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Do you have a RG or RGU?

The Ultra handlebars are a couple inches taller. I have had no issues with mine in the stock position. My Corbin does sit me back a little bit, and the solo tour low sits me lower, but no issues with the stock bars. I like that my hands are not in the wind.
 

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Coming from a V Rod to a RG, I learned a lot! When I bought my RG it had the 14 inch Factory 47's already. My initial thoughts were, they look kind of odd on a RG, but I put those thoughts a side and took it for a spin. Being 6'4 the apes put the controls closer to shoulder height which looks a little odd, but was surprisingly comfortable. I haven't done any whole day or multiple day trips yet, but even on the 2-3 hour runs I have made, I noticed much less fatigue. Granted the V Rod is built for stoplight to stoplight and the RG is built for the long haul, but I think the bar height helps as well.
 

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Can't say for the road glide but I'm my dyna it actually felt more comfortable with T bars at a little below shoulder height. I felt forced me to sit up straight rather than being lazy with my posture. I road 350 miles the other day with stock bars and upper back was killing me.
That says it all right there - Better riding posture.


Y'all mentioned easy slow speed maneuvering, I would've thought you'd be reaching with that outside hand.
No more than with the stock bars. I just put 16's on mine. First set of apes ever. With stock bars, I could never do a U-turn because the inside grip would be in my stomach. My first decent ride with the new apes and I pulled off a U-turn practically without even thinking about it.
 

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I have carpal tunnel and stock bars have too much pull back. I don't like bars higher than my shoulders but at or a little below makes me sit up. Makes long distance riding easier on my body.
 

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I have the HD Heritage Style Handlebars on my 08 but I'm not sure if HD makes anything like that for the Rushmore models. They are only 12" handlebars but the most important thing was it changed my wrist angle which made it more comfortable for me. I too am not a fan of apes, I think apes that are real high just look out of place on a touring model Harley. But in all reality why buy a bike with a fairing then put handlebars on a bike that takes away the protection the fairing provides, also keeping the hands at or below heart level will provide better blood flow to your arms and hands which makes long rides more comfortable. JMO
 

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But in all reality why buy a bike with a fairing then put handlebars on a bike that takes away the protection the fairing provides...
That part always drove me bonkers ... But then again I'm one of only 3 people on the planet that actually like the stock RG bars.

*Shrug*

...Apes are like anal sex, you either in or out...there's no middle ground.
 

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For me it was about comfort, not so much looks. It was like adding power steering to my RGU when I had my 14" Carlini's installed. My only regret was waiting so long to do it.
 
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