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Old 04-13-2014, 10:48 PM   #1
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f650gs replacement handlebars

I have an 09 F650GS twin with OEM heated grips, Kaoko, barkbusters, and Scotts damper. Due to a few high speed getoffs in the sand the handlebar is pretty bent. Are there any aftermarket handlebars that will allow me to keep the kaoko and barkbusters? 7/8 or 1 1/8 would be fine because the Scotts mount is the same between the 800 and 650 with spacers.

My wife is 5'2" and is pretty happy with the setup once the riser from the Scotts was added. I REALLY don't want to pay the BMW tax for a new OEM bar, but if it means replacing the throttle lock and handguards I don't see a cheaper option.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:05 AM   #2
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In some other thread there was guy that said he replaced the OEM bars with the Renthal "Desert/Vintage/High" 7/8" bar and said it was nearly identical to the stock F650GS bar.

Don't know what modifications had to be made to move over all the grips and switchgear, but apparently he got the job done...

Maybe give Renthal a ring?
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:12 AM   #3
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Your cheapest and easiest option is to buy used OEM bars. Had you put up a want ad a month ago I'dve had a set. The problem with aftermarket is that you have to drill holes to secure the LH grip assy then figure out the hollow bar end for the weights/Kaoko etc. F800GS bars will work if you replace the clamps also. The switches etc are the same and the mount holes for the bar clamps are the same for both bikes. I just put 650 bars on 800 triples.

How soon do you need them?
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:21 PM   #4
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I figured there was nothing cheaper without ditching the other stuff. No huge rush, it has been ridden this way for a couple years, but after the first ride of the season I think it is time to find a replacement.
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