Pro Taper bars, Moose lever protectors
I decided after much consideration to get Pro Taper SE bars, ATV Mid. I wanted the 1 1/8" tapered bars but price won out; the tapered bars require adapters that run at least $45 more. I bought the black aluminum SE bars from a local dealer for $64. I also bought a set of $34 Moose aluminum lever protectors. I was hopeful that the Moose protectors would work on the Pro Tapers. I wanted the Pro-Tapers / Moose only to toughen the bike up for off road stuff; I have previously twisted three sets of cheaper steel bars and changing them out is a bit of an annoyance. I was uninterested in smoothing out vibrations, etc.
Pro Taper impressions: I feel no difference in vibes with the Pro Tapers and my old Scott grips. The riding position while standing feels better only because these are slightly taller than the MSR bars I had on the KLR. The PTs are nicely finished and look good. They seem tough. The sidewalls are 5mm thick. They have alignment marks to adjust the bars for forward rotation and center them on the triple tree. These marks blur with accidental application of Loctite. I removed the crossbar pad because I hate crossbar pads. Installation was easy, 4 bolts on the clamps and swap out the grips and various switches / levers. Installation time was about one hour.
Moose impressions: The Moose lever protectors are a HUGE pain in the arse to install, mostly because they would not line up without bending them in a vise, and the levers would not clear without trimming the balls off the ends. Once installed (with red loctite) they seem to be tough and protective. I modified my existing handguards to fit the Moose, but Moose also offers a bolt on version that might be more functional and durable in a crash. A tip on the installation is to leave everything as loose as possible and then gradually snug up the lever mounting hardware to evenly tension the entire assembly, so no one bolt is stressed more than the others. Installation time was about one hour.