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Problem solving..., help needed
« on: December 23, 2013, 03:15:32 pm »
customer of mine has a DR650...
returned from a trip around Angola, loves his DR650, quite rightly, too...!

He has the 'skinny' bars on it, which have bent, and he wants to put on 'fat' bars....

He wants ROX raisers (available only in 26mm dia)
and
he has already bought BarkBusters (available only in 26mm dia)]

so he wants FAT bars b-u-t.......................................

what about his throttle-side, which I reckon must be around 22mm; are fat bars sold with the step-down throttle end, so standard controls can be mounted?
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Re: Problem solving..., help needed
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2013, 03:56:47 pm »
Fat bars are only fat to a point.switch gear clutch brake throttle is as normal
 

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Re: Problem solving..., help needed
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2013, 04:09:02 pm »
Fat bars are only fat to a point.switch gear clutch brake throttle is as normal
thanks, anyone with ideas on what brands would suit, etc- customer wanting to say with black anodized look...
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Re: Problem solving..., help needed
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2013, 09:39:38 am »
Best to go for Renthal or ProTaper. (Quality)

He will need different clamps to replace the OEM 7/8" (22.3mm) clamps with something with 9/8" (28.6mm) diameter. AFAIK some engineering is needed as nothing will be a straight fit.

No such thing as 1" bars for DS motorcycles as far as I know. It's either 7/8" or 9/8"

I personally dislike the Rox swivelling risers. I don't think they are very well engineered. Rather try to achieve the proper riding position by using fat bar clamps, maybe shim them up a cm or 15mm and fit a tall set of bars.

Anyway don't get ATV type bars. Rather get MX typical bends like (Renthal) "CR high" or "Enduro".

I have done something like this for Ganjora's DR a while ago (fat bar & customised clamps with shim stack) Price for the whole conversion incl. Renthal bars was R2k back then. Ask him if he's got pics.
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Re: Problem solving..., help needed
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2013, 10:39:50 pm »
I have never felt the need to change to fat bars. My thinking is that yes the OEM handle bars may start to show bends after multiple crashes, but it is a relatively inexpensive thing to replace. I'm thinking that making them stronger will cause something else to give. I'm assuming here that the bigger diameter bars will be stronger, which might not even be the case.
Secondly I don't see this as a necessity.
My personal view, partly driven by economics.
Dont know what you guys think.
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Re: Problem solving..., help needed
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2013, 09:14:42 am »
IMHO fat bars are mostly bling factor. The standard diameter is fine as long as  you buy good quality.
A 7/8" Renthal or ProTaper is probably stronger than a Chinese 9/8"

A 7/8" Renthal or Pro Taper is a LOT stronger than the OEM steel handlebars fitted to most DS bikes.
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