Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Prescott Arizona
Custom Handlebars Finished & Fitted (Finally)
Greetings Lads & Lasses,
Let me preface this post by saying this project was started ten months ago, so has been a very long time to completion. I won't bore you with all the reasons this project got held up but I'm thrilled it's finally done.
So why custom handlebars?
Well the stock mini-apes are great bars but for me personally they were not quite a perfect fit, so on long rides I contemplated how I could improve them. To this end I decided to purchase a second set of Triumph mini-apes and have them altered to my specifications.
I decide on three changes:
Firstly, the stock bars just felt (and looked) too narrow, so I had them widened by a total of 2" (1" either side).
Secondly, I had one inch removed from the uprights, lowering the hight of the bars just a little.
Thirdly and most importantly, the grip angle was wrong for me. The original bar-grips were too swept back, so while removing the 1" from the uprights I had the grips rotated forward by 2Ĺ" (expressed at the bar-ends).
I have just fitted these new handlebars and took a short test ride, so it's early days yet. However I'm going to tentatively say I'm completely thrilled. Only longer rides and 'living' with them will tell me if these are 'perfect' (for me) but for now I feel I made the right choice.
Last edited by Roy; 07-05-2019 at 12:31 AM.