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Old 11-05-2014, 12:30 PM   #1
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Wink bike nap, bent handlebar? options? Time for Rox to help ergo?

so after about 7k miles on 3 different bikes I let out the clutch in 2nd at a stop sign on a hill by mistake - and my bike took a nap. Luckily (sort of) I had just installed barkbusters and a month prior the higher Givi crash bars. Dumped on the right side.

After getting back on I noticed my bars were out of alignment , with the cables touching the faux tank plastic. Have not taken to dealer yet for assessment, but hopefully its just the bars - saw some notes on the forum that sometimes the fork clamps could be out?

Dealer says $250 for a new handlbar . What are my other options or what do you folks recommend? Renthal, Pro Taper? Use this opportunity to get some Rox risers and get a 1 1/8" bar (as I am too stretched out) anyway?

Thx for any advice!!
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Old 11-05-2014, 01:37 PM   #2
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See if you have twisted the forks in the triple trees. Face the bike holding the tire with your knees and grab the handle bars. Try to twist them back in alignment. The fork clamps are not torqued down that much, but loosening the bolts on one side a little, will make it easier.
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Old 11-05-2014, 01:47 PM   #3
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This ^^ , or,

The bar clamps are rubber mounted to the triple. The bars slip in the clamps and remain crooked. Usually easily straightened by hand or you could loosen the clamps a bit.

Given the the abuse my stock bars have taken, I would find it unlikely that a simple stationary dump would bend them.

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Old 11-05-2014, 02:52 PM   #4
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If they bent that easy I would be in a world of hurt right now.
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Old 11-05-2014, 02:58 PM   #5
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Yeah, the wife's bars "go out of alignment" pretty regularly . They have never bent.

Loosen, adjust, retighten. Or just reef them back into position.
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Old 11-05-2014, 03:48 PM   #6
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I don't even loosen them, just stop and turn the handlebars until you hit the stops and push some more until they look straight. They move quite a bit in the rubber mounts.
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Old 11-05-2014, 04:20 PM   #7
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As much hell as my front end has taken. I find it hard to believe that it actually bent. I force mine back to normal, like everyone above. But when I get back to the garage, I always loosen everything, straighten and torque it all back to spec.
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:47 PM   #8
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As much hell as my front end has taken. I find it hard to believe that it actually bent. I force mine back to normal, like everyone above. But when I get back to the garage, I always loosen everything, straighten and torque it all back to spec.
Thanks to everyone for setting my mind, and wallet at ease!

I will make the attempt to straighten things out when I get home from work...
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:43 AM   #9
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I always start with the front wheels. Loosen and remove if necessary and see if that helps. From there, I move up to the triple clamp, loosening the forks.
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:24 AM   #10
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See if you have twisted the forks in the triple trees. Face the bike holding the tire with your knees and grab the handle bars. Try to twist them back in alignment. The fork clamps are not torqued down that much, but loosening the bolts on one side a little, will make it easier.
Sorry, what is the "triple trees"? and which are the fork clamps?
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Old 11-08-2014, 11:04 AM   #11
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All the same. Triple tees is the steering stem and hardware that the forks connect to. The clamps are part of it.
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Old 11-10-2014, 03:20 PM   #12
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looks like bar is bent - options besides OEM bar? Saw someone had a pro taper pastrana bar - does this have all the key slots in it and threaded bar ends? probably not - so how does that guy get his stuff to fit on? bark busters, etc...?
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Old 11-10-2014, 06:24 PM   #13
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Threaded inserts. http://www.highwaydirtbikes.com/HDB_...1f183qsp082u1q

What key slots are you speaking of? You have heated grips?

If you are buying a new handlebar, call highway dirt bikes and get the full setup, you will be pleased. It will be a buy once, cry once. But they are awesome.
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Old 11-11-2014, 01:36 AM   #14
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Threaded inserts. http://www.highwaydirtbikes.com/HDB_...1f183qsp082u1q

What key slots are you speaking of? You have heated grips?

If you are buying a new handlebar, call highway dirt bikes and get the full setup, you will be pleased. It will be a buy once, cry once. But they are awesome.
Yes, I have heated grips. will that be a problem? it was just something the dealer said. where can I find the specs for the oem bar - so I can get something similar?
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