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post #1 of 7 Old 02-23-2020, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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For those that know, who make an aluminum bar that most closely duplicates the stock Gen 1 bar?

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post #2 of 7 Old 02-23-2020, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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After a google search I found the dimensions, pretty wide bar 810 mm, I like it that wide.
If anybody has a favorite chime up.

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post #3 of 7 Old 02-24-2020, 09:45 AM
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stock bar dimensions; KLR650 FAQ

renthal bar dimensions: https://www.renthal.com/moto/handleb...nduro-7-8-quot

I use Renthal RC-Hi's on both my Gen1's and I'm very pleased. .....they are lighter, much stronger, reduce vibes and have less pullback than the stock bars which have far too much pullback for 99% of riders.

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post #4 of 7 Old 02-24-2020, 02:50 PM
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The Protaper ATV series has been a go-to for gen1 bars for a long time. A lot of guys like the "mid". I agree with the above poster that the stock bend SUCKS.

Since you like the stock bend this may be useless info, but I run protaper XR50 mini highs on my bike, and I think it was one of the best upgrades I've ever done to the bike. I was blindsided by not just how much more comfortable it is, but how much better it handles in the woods. You can slide your ass back in the sand, but with stock bars if you're in an aggressive position up on the pegs, your hands are *under* you in a weird way. It really limits how you can control where your weight works, and it gives you clumsy control. I didn't realize how much it was impacting my riding until I changed. Now I'm a boring dad mostly commuting and I still find the mini hi bend comfortable. The mini Hi's are also very narrow, but I find with my weight where it ought to be I can steer the bike just fine with a little throttle and the narrow bars... and with a bike this heavy, being able to fit through trees in 2nd gear instead of waggling through is a huge plus, and they also lane split great. Rereading that it sure reflects how I used to use the bike--commuting in NYC and then sandy stick farms in south jersey... your riding may differ.

Also, fwiw, I'm a tall guy.

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All good info , thanks to all...

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post #6 of 7 Old 02-25-2020, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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I found a dessert bend bar at Revzilla, on the way! Will put up a picture after install.
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-27-2020, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Picture of dessert bend Renthal.
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