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Old 01-04-2011, 12:10 PM   #1
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Bar options for Airheads

I have a couple of later model R100’s I am resurrecting, my daily rider and even a /5 that all have the high bars on them. Really starting to not like the way they make the bikes look. In the past when I had bikes with RS or S bars I just thought they looked so much better.

Other than paying $75-125 for Magura, Flanders or Flehling is there any options other than a $17 pair of generic low “European” bars from JCWhitney that need to be sanded or ground down .225mm? Show me your solutions. If it was just one pair I could maybe buy them, but I need 5...yes I am cheap.

At least one will have to work with a bar mounted master cylinder as well...
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:18 PM   #2
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:53 PM   #3
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Yes, Yes, Yes. Thats what I am talking about. Thanks Robert.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:20 PM   #4
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Damn! That's still $71 plus shipping. American bars are like $15 so it doesn't make sense. I've got a good pipe bender - perhaps I'll consider sourcing stainless tubing and making my own.

I have heard of guys boring out the controls the few thousandths to work on 7/8" bars, and they still work on the 22mm.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:32 PM   #5
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A great resource! But I don't get how three different bars for BMWs are $29, $44 and $71. Are the production costs really that different?
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:31 AM   #6
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Damn! That's still $71 plus shipping. American bars are like $15 so it doesn't make sense. I've got a good pipe bender - perhaps I'll consider sourcing stainless tubing and making my own.

I have heard of guys boring out the controls the few thousandths to work on 7/8" bars, and they still work on the 22mm.

Yea, I dont get it. They are all probably made in China but geeze. Lets be competitive a little bit.
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:33 AM   #7
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Don't sweat it, BMW controls fit on 22.22mm (7/8") bars fine.

On Renthal alloy bars.


And I have fitted them to my standard Guzzi Cali 2 bars, for reasons that are long and involved, but they fit, or the clutch perch needs a slight adjust with a smooth rat tail file to fit, the throttle side goes straight on.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:22 AM   #8
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I love K1 bars. Wider, better IMO.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:28 AM   #9
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I love K1 bars. Wider, better IMO.
I agree.
Absolutely the most comfortable bars I've ever used.
Best thing on a K1!
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:34 AM   #10
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You'll find that if you actually CALL Dumpi-racer, you might get a better deal, they used to be anxious to make a deal, I don't know anymore.
You wanted cheap S bars, you gottem, everyone quit whining.
Is it worth $20.00 an hour spending 2 hours fuckin' around with grinding down bars than spending $20.00 more for the right thing?
Geez Louise...........
I'm nearly flat broke, but I know how to prioritize my time.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:56 AM   #11
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Okey doke.

I've always read that 7/8" (22.225mm) bars can't fit into 22mm controls.. and that anyone considering it is a blasphemer fool. Then, I started reading where a few people claimed to be able to fit 'em. So, I picked up some 7/8" Clubmans for my R90 on craigslist. Controls didn't fit. So, I ground them down. They fit, but man.. they suck! (...and I ruined a "good" set of bars in the process.. do you think I can resell them like this? Probably not.)



So, I bought some 22mm euro bars from Hucky's. The controls didn't fit. Instead of grinding the bars or "boring the controls," I installed the bolt backwards and placed a thin piece of metal in the groove and ever so gently tightened the bolt onto it until it spread a little.



Fit like a glove now... and didn't remove/damage any material.



I don't know if this will work on other kinds of controls, but worked wonderfully for both of my /6's (with /5 controls). I put 22mm US bars from Hucky's on my R75 this winter.. same process (minus the Clubmans).
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:51 PM   #12
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I agree.
Absolutely the most comfortable bars I've ever used.
Best thing on a K1!
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