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Handlebar opinion.

Post by disposable » Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:12 am

Original owner of my ride put motocross bars on it, and I do not have the original bars. I have an extensive background in mountain bikes and BMX, so the feel of the bars is not unfamiliar to me. That said, would the reach and sweep of the original bars make for a more comfortable ride, or improve handling? I will not be doing any extreme or excessive off-roading.
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Re: Handlebar opinion.

Post by VWK75S » Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:07 am

I like the stock bars.
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Post by on2wheels52 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:52 am

I think KLR bars are a small improvement. Plus they were free :lol:
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Re: Handlebar opinion.

Post by Hogmaine » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:11 am

The Ural is the only bike that I like the stock bars on so far. All my other bikes have had risers and such just to get close to the ergos of the Ural. I suppose a little rise of the handle bars on the Ural might be even better.

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Re: Handlebar opinion.

Post by Snakeoil » Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:37 am

We are all built differently and are comfortable in different positions. I think your best bet is to sit on the seat and put your hands where you would want them. Consider clearance to the hack windshield if you have one. Also keep in mind that if you go far from the OEM size, you'll be messing with wires, cables/hoses to accommodate the new bars.

A key point that I think should be considered is the position of your hands. By that I mean the angle at which they are twisted relative to your forearms. A natural position for my hands is with them at about a 45 deg angle to horizontal. My Ural bars put them at more of a negative 10 deg angle. I've not experienced any discomfort. But for me a long distance ride is maybe 100 miles.

The other consideration is the bend of your elbows. Do you want the straight arm , with your bent a bit at the waist and your arms outstretched in front of you or do you want to sit upright with your elbows at about a 120 deg angle?

Only way to decide is to sit on the bike and see where you want to be. Then shop bars. And all this is easier said than done because you can't walk into any bike shop anymore and find a big selection of bars on the wall. You'll need to use the dimensions given on-line to figure out what you want/need.
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Re: Handlebar opinion.

Post by chaos2 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:43 am

VWK75S wrote:
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I like the stock bars.
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+1 Never felt the need to mess with them. I'm about 5'10", taller people sometimes get risers.
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Re: Handlebar opinion.

Post by Happytrails » Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:21 pm

I'm ok with stock but after a longer ride i do get wrist aches. But i think thats just me and the roads i ride. 5'-11" and no risers. 8)
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Re: Handlebar opinion.

Post by Mr Wazzock » Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:12 pm

VWK75S wrote:
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I like the stock bars.
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Ditto, FWIW.

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Post by RC20 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:58 pm

They have been fine for me. I had some long days in the saddle (10 hours) and no issues.
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Re: Handlebar opinion.

Post by snowymonkey » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:33 am

I run stock with risers...... except I turned my mounts backwards. On my 08 this brings everything up and back towards me. Same thing could be accomplished with a set of Rox riser (maybe roxy, don’t remember).

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Re: Handlebar opinion.

Post by Speedbump » Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:17 pm

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I have the ROX 5" risers and motocross bars and love them. The stock for me was too much of a swept angle. YMMV.
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Post by sKiZo » Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:14 pm

Hogmaine wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:11 am
The Ural is the only bike that I like the stock bars on so far. All my other bikes have had risers and such just to get close to the ergos of the Ural. I suppose a little rise of the handle bars on the Ural might be even better.
Sounds similar to my setup. Bad shoulders, so I moved the stock bars back and up an inch or so using Rox risers. Only complaint is for whatever reason, the bars can move a bit if I force them hard, which sometimes happens as I dismount and use the bars for help pushing out of the seat. If I get bored, maybe rough up the insides of the riser clamps to improve the grip - there's still plenty of adjustment available, but I was really reefing on the bolts last time and don't want to f'up the risers.

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Re: Handlebar opinion.

Post by sKiZo » Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:18 pm

Happytrails wrote:
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I'm ok with stock but after a longer ride i do get wrist aches. But i think thats just me and the roads i ride. 5'-11" and no risers. 8)
Aching wrists is pretty common on bikes, but mostly due to incorrect angles on the bars. Old trick - sit the seat, get comfy, then reach out with your eyes closed and your hands should stop right about the same place every time. THAT's where the grips need to be. You'll also want to adjust the levers so your wrists stay straight when you rest your hands on the grips and levers. Mine are actually adjusted to different angles as my right wrist has "issues". Anyway, so far, so good.
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Re: Handlebar opinion.

Post by INSUBORDINATOR » Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:20 pm

Wide bars on a sidecar tug = easier steering. The stock Ural bars on my 02 had the wrong angle for my wrists - kind of like hedge trimmers. I ended up using a flatter style bar similar to what I was used to on my solo bikes - I'd describe as a British bend. They are "Bikemaster" brand 7/8" Superbike Bars.
I use an early set of URAL PULLBACK Bar Holders so the bars sit on my side of the friction Steering Damper. They feel right to me. Some of the BMW /2 sidecar tugs used bars with a support between the rise, but using 1 piece eyelet pull backs wouldn't work unless the cross support was removable. My present bars are fairly wide - but still allow room for the hack windshield to be used. & THEY ARE CHROME.
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Re: Handlebar opinion.

Post by windmill » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:30 pm

Tried MX bars, but didn't like them, felt like I was always reaching for them. The OE bars are a little less than ideal for my wrists when adjusted where I like it otherwise, but not enough to make me want something else.
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