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post #1 of 15 Old 05-12-2017, 06:06 AM Thread Starter
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What is the purpose of larger handlebars?

I can understand the need to raise the bars but is there a purpose for increasing the diameter or is this done purely for looks? are larger bars tapered at the ends to accept the stock handgrips and such?
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Yes the 1 1/8 bars are tapered to accept the stock controls and grips. Yes they are larger to increase strength......but they were originally introduced for MX use and I'd suggest that most get the big bars for a KLR because they like the look of it......the truth is that a good quality 7/8" alloy bar is still 10X stronger than stock (of course, that isn't saying much as the stockers have the strength of partially cooked pasta, but still. )

I use Renthal 7/8" MX bars; RC-Hi bends in my case. Nothing wrong with the 1 1/8" bars but they typically cost more and can cause issues trying to find the space to mount everything.

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Thanks Dave, I did not think that the stock bars would have a strength issue but that makes sense. I appreciate all the info. By the way the Clymer manual is on the way! I am trying not to leach too much information without trying to find out on my own first!

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After bending up the bar pretty bad in March, I went the route of a fat bar...temporarily...on my 2016.

I picked the Protaper Countour in the Henry/Reed Bend (no crossbar): 3.8" Height and 2.5 Pull. In picking that bend I considered that the necessary adapter that takes your clamp from a 7/8 to a 1 1/8 was going to add an inch of height, too, which given clamp angle will push it back some too. The Countour has 7/8 ends so all the stuff went back on except my Trackside hand guards. Neither my son and I liked it; in fact, we hated it. So I put it on my DR and I really like it there.

Then we put a Pro Taper SE (stands for "seven-eigths") with the ATV High Bend: 6.3" Height and 3.9" Pull. Very nice bar. Perfect on the KLR!

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Thanks Bill, I appreciate the explanation of how you arrived at your choice for the klr, did that keep you from needing risers too? I am 6 foot and it would be nice to just replace the bars rather than do bars and risers.

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Thanks Bill, I appreciate the explanation of how you arrived at your choice for the klr, did that keep you from needing risers too? I am 6 foot and it would be nice to just replace the bars rather than do bars and risers.

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No risers with this bend for me. Here's a photo of the bar installed.


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Looks good Bill, I might have to give those a go, Thanks for the pic!
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I am also liking Dave's molle rig on the tank, maybe one day, I have to take care of the essentials first, i sure love this bike though!
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