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Old 04-18-2009, 11:17 AM   #1
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Airhead Handlebars

I've got an R90/6 with American High Bars on it.


I'm looking for something a little more forward and about as wide. Nothing as narrow or forward as the European bars.

I realize I can't just buy any old handlebar because of the 21mm size of the beemer bars, so what are the options out there?

I heard someone mention a sidecar handlebar, but besides it being wider than the European bar(?), I don't know anything about it.

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Old 04-18-2009, 11:53 AM   #2
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I use the euro bars from tucker rocky #110530

under 20 bux and fit like a champ. they are a tad wider than my american bars but lower and a bit forward. i sanded the throttle side with 100 grit for 5 minutes and the throttle moves perfectly.
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Old 04-18-2009, 12:20 PM   #3
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Can't help you on the bars, but that is a nice picture.

I may have to check out those bars recommended by Armadillofz1 myself
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Old 04-18-2009, 12:23 PM   #4
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I have the stock USA high bars on my R80 ST. Don't really like them becasue of the (to me) weird angles of the pullback and rise at the ends.

I tried Euro low bars (Maguras for /5 era bikes). Too narrow, too low for my aging neck bones, and slightly too forward.

I picked up a set of BMW F 650 GS bars a few months back. As soon as I get the ST back together soon, I'm going to give them a try. I like that shape bar as its very similar to the set on my F650 Funduro and it will be ever so slightly lower and forward of the stock USA bars. But not by too much. Given the common heritage of the R80 G/S and the ST, I'm thinking they may be my answer.

A similar bend may work for your /6 if they are not too wide for your preferences.
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Old 04-18-2009, 12:37 PM   #5
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Have you looked at ATV bars?
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Old 04-18-2009, 12:37 PM   #6
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Lovely bike.

Not gonna be much help since I've put "S" bars on all my twins. Wide enough, narrow enough, upright enough, lean a little bit. Some folks use a model of "K" bike bars, but it's been a while, can't specifiy which model.

Good luck.

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Old 04-18-2009, 04:58 PM   #7
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I'm told that the BMW R100 Mystic bars might be close to what you are looking for, but BMW handlebar prices have gotten crazy stupid lately.

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Flanders has a selection of 22mm BMW handlebars, with dimensions listed, on their website:

http://www.sideroadcycles.com/Import...lebarsBMW.html

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Old 04-18-2009, 05:26 PM   #8
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I'm told that the BMW R100 Mystic bars might be close to what you are looking for, but BMW handlebar prices have gotten crazy stupid lately.



Flanders has a selection of 22mm BMW handlebars, with dimensions listed, on their website:


Good luck!
Thanks, for the tip on the mystic bars.

Yep, after I posted this I changed some of my search criteria and started getting hits to Flanders. Now I need to go dig out my other set of high bars and get some measurements so I know where to start from.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:57 AM   #9
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R100/7 - Anyone installed sidecar handlebars?

Bike currently has the stock US bars. Looking for something a little lower and and wider. Have seen some folks discuss installing -- anyone gone ahead and done it?
- Cable swap required?
- Riding comfort / control impact?
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:35 PM   #10
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Bike currently has the stock US bars. Looking for something a little lower and and wider. Have seen some folks discuss installing -- anyone gone ahead and done it?
- Cable swap required?
- Riding comfort / control impact?
Thanks!!
I switched from some taller bars to low/wide sidecar bars on my 100s (w/ a sidecar)--I switched from a set of /2, taller bars that were on the bike. I love the low/wide bars for comfort and riding position! The cables didn't need to be changed, maybe by luck, but maybe the height traded for the width (?).






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Old 11-18-2011, 11:15 AM   #11
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I recently changed the bars on my /5, and didn't feel up to spending what all the metric bars cost. I got a set of drag bars, which have no rise and only slight pullback. They were made by a company called Bikemaster, and were nominally 7/8". I figured I'd have to sand/grind the chrome where the controls go, as I did a long time ago when I put clubmans on. To my delight and surprise, everything just slid right on with no work necessary. Bikemaster makes a whole bunch of different patterns, so I'm sure you could find something you like. I think I paid about $25 at Economy cycle, where I get parts for my RD350. They seem to be of good quality and appearance. Check them out and see what you think.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:00 AM   #12
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I got a set of drag bars, which have no rise and only slight pullback. They were made by a company called Bikemaster, and were nominally 7/8".
Cash, looks like that bar might work for me - http://www.bikemaster.com/handlebars.html - bar "H" on that bikemaster page. Do your handgrips/controls clear the gas tank at full lock? That is my problem with the RS bar.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:37 AM   #13
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Cash, looks like that bar might work for me - http://www.bikemaster.com/handlebars.html - bar "H" on that bikemaster page. Do your handgrips/controls clear the gas tank at full lock? That is my problem with the RS bar.
Very astute there! I did have to raise up the bar clamps to make the Magura (I think you've got the Magura, too) MC. The problem was not the clearance with the tank(I have a toaster tank). There was a clearance problem with the banjo fitting on the MC and the fork spring caps. I made a pair of little spacers out of 1/4" aluminum flat bar which fit between the lower clamp pad and the top plate of the triple. If you go way back to the thread I started a long time ago, you might be able to see the spacers in my pictures, but they hide well.


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Old 02-09-2013, 08:46 AM   #14
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If you go way back to the thread I started a long time ago, you might be able to see the spacers in my pictures, but they hide well.


Oh my God there's an awful lot of snow out there.
Sounds cool, Cash. I will look at your thread. Please, keep all that snow away from me! brrrr....
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:05 PM   #15
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I tried out some Suzuki V-Strom bars on my R65 monolever. I had a set kicking around the garage and they seemed just about right. I was also looking for something higher and wider than the K75S bar that I had on (the S bar is not much different). They are probably in between the US high and the S bar.

Controls, clamps and cables all work fine. I cut about 3/4" off each end to make them just right for me. I am sure you can find a good used set cheaply.

They are about 1" higher and an inch or so wider than the K75S bars. The width in effect shortens the reach. A nice compromise between too low and too high.







K75S bars for comparison

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