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Technical Section => Make / Model Specific Discussions => Suzuki DR & DRZ => Topic started by: Kykdaar on January 27, 2012, 10:49:19 pm

Title: Drz400 - which handlebars?
Post by: Kykdaar on January 27, 2012, 10:49:19 pm
First thing that has to go on my stock DRZ is the OEM butterbars.

Which bars do other owners recommend? I am around 6ft and do not want bars with a cross bar. Want the bars to be higher to make standing more comfortable. Bars plus raisers must still be able to work with the stock cables.

Any suggestions will be welcomed.
Title: Re: Drz400 - which handlebars?
Post by: N[]vA on January 28, 2012, 09:15:36 am
ProTaper/Zeta/Renthal or the like fat bars with bar risers  :deal:

With stock cables will depend on how much room you have to play with I guess
Title: Re: Drz400 - which handlebars?
Post by: Kykdaar on January 28, 2012, 01:37:58 pm
ProTaper/Zeta/Renthal or the like fat bars with bar risers  :deal:

With stock cables will depend on how much room you have to play with I guess

I fancy the Protaper fatbars and it seems that i would then also need to fit converters / raisers.

Problem is that there are so many bends available that i do not know which one too choose. Worried that i will buy the wrong combo and end up with cables that cannot reach.
Title: Re: Drz400 - which handlebars?
Post by: Operator on January 28, 2012, 03:05:23 pm
Protaper fat bars for the win  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Drz400 - which handlebars?
Post by: N[]vA on January 28, 2012, 03:32:56 pm
ProTaper/Zeta/Renthal or the like fat bars with bar risers  :deal:

With stock cables will depend on how much room you have to play with I guess

I fancy the Protaper fatbars and it seems that i would then also need to fit converters / raisers.

Problem is that there are so many bends available that i do not know which one too choose. Worried that i will buy the wrong combo and end up with cables that cannot reach.
thing is that end of the day cable are not really pricey to replace, and if you do redo the front brake line just change to braided hoses, cost more but so worth it.

In terms of the costs of replacing cables vs the shoulder and neck ache of having the bars to short you will write off the costs within your first ride. another thing to take into account is the angle of your handle bars (irrespective of the bend on them) if they are to far forwards they will feel twitchy, to far back and they have too little feedback. A lot of adjusting and figuring out what you like
Title: Re: Drz400 - which handlebars?
Post by: Kykdaar on January 28, 2012, 03:47:41 pm
Operator - i also like the Protaper fatbars :thumleft:


Good info there NVA. Perhaps i should first take the various cables off and have longer ones made up - there is a place in PTA that does it. Also have a longer braided brake hose made up.

Then i can get a proper high-lift bar. From the few times i did a bit of standing up it seemed clear that i would have to lift the bars considerably higher in order to get really comfortable.
Title: Re: Drz400 - which handlebars?
Post by: madmax on January 28, 2012, 03:53:47 pm
i got the protaper with risers cos of damper...very happy with setup ...but i am about 5'10
Title: Re: Drz400 - which handlebars?
Post by: sidetrack on January 28, 2012, 10:46:19 pm
Trail Tech X-bar atv bend worked well on mine
Title: Re: Drz400 - which handlebars?
Post by: lecap on January 29, 2012, 02:23:28 pm
I don't like the ATV type bars. Too much sweep IMHO. Feels like pushing a wheelbarrow.

First check which bend you can actually GET.
Only a fraction of the various bends are readily available in SA and you probably don't want to wait a couple of months for your bars?

Get fat bar converters & chosse a tall and little sweep set of bars. Fit and see how it feels. If it's still too low get risers or modify fat bar converters. I made some very nice fat bar converter / riser combo kits a while ago. D7 has them on his DR if I remember correctly :) There is quite some stuff available locally. Check what will fit.

Once you're happy wit the height check if your cables will still work & modify if not.
Title: Re: Drz400 - which handlebars?
Post by: Kykdaar on January 29, 2012, 07:29:45 pm
You are right about availability LeCap. Most stores only carried a limited range. I found that i like the CR high bend in silver with airtime adapters/raisers.

It seems that it will fit nicely.



Title: Re: Drz400 - which handlebars?
Post by: S - 4 - B on January 30, 2012, 08:32:08 am
i got the protaper with risers cos of damper...very happy with setup ...but i am about 5'10

Hello Kevin

You have the Rox Raisers on your bike , which is also adjustable back to front.

Kykdaar, the only cable that will bother you is the throttle , and all you have to do is re - route it so it no longer passes around the stearing head but rather comes straight up. 

Kevin can take some pics which will help. Dont spend money on cables , there is NO need

Enjoy the Dizzy , they are farkin awesome
Title: Re: Drz400 - which handlebars?
Post by: Kykdaar on January 30, 2012, 09:01:22 am
i got the protaper with risers cos of damper...very happy with setup ...but i am about 5'10

Hello Kevin

You have the Rox Raisers on your bike , which is also adjustable back to front.

Kykdaar, the only cable that will bother you is the throttle , and all you have to do is re - route it so it no longer passes around the stearing head but rather comes straight up. 

Kevin can take some pics which will help. Dont spend money on cables , there is NO need

Enjoy the Dizzy , they are farkin awesome


Cool, thanks for the info A :thumleft:
Title: Re: Drz400 - which handlebars?
Post by: Grumpleton on February 02, 2012, 10:07:08 am
Iíve got Zeta bars and Zeta bar razors the only thing I had to do was turn the throttle cable assembly down  so that the cables came out of the bottom instead of the top, I am 6 foot and they work perfectly when I am standing
Title: Re: Drz400 - which handlebars?
Post by: Etienne2T on February 02, 2012, 10:10:48 am
I'd rather go for a "braced" Pro Taper or Renthal, rather than a fat bar, the seem to bend quite easily. And if you go fat bars you have to do adapters as well.