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post #1 of 11 Old 11-02-2009, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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08, 09' Handlebars too wide ?

Haven't bought my KLR yet, maybe in a couple more months i'll have the cash.

Anyway, I have had a couple of test rides at the local dealer, and its seems to me like the handlebars are excessively wide. When I get mine i'll try it as is for a while, but I"m thinking I'll probably switch for a set of aftermarket bars, maybe a couple inches narrower on each side.

Anyone else feel the bars are just a bit too wide ? Or anyone have suggestions for where to get aftermarket bars ?

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-02-2009, 03:10 PM
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How can you tell with just a short ride? That is being pretty judgemental.

Wider bars help in rough terrain because they give you leverage when you hit a rut or rock.

You are buying the wrong bike if you only plan on riding on the road.
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I have an 08. I pretty much stick to the road and the wide handlebars are one of my favorite features. Helps with riding position and comfort for me. The only downside is it makes lanesplitting harder, but if you are not in CA, you don't really need to worry about that.




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post #4 of 11 Old 11-02-2009, 04:11 PM
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The width on the 08/09 are great for control. I like it just the way it is, but some say I am a control freak.
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I learned a long time ago that handlebars are a consumable.. There's a ton of different bars out there, with lots of bends.. My personal favorite has always been a CR High bend, and because I used to ride through really tight woods, I typically cut the outside 1/2" off each side of my bars..

Check around on dirtbike sites, and don't buy steel bars.. A nice set of Renthals will be around $75 or so, and unless you really screw up, they'll last the life of the bike. Aluminum bars are thicker walled and will also help fend off vibration, too..
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The bar ends on the 08 and 09's make the overall width wider but the actual width of the handlebars is the same as the older models. You can remove the bar ends at the expense of added vibes in the handlebars.
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I may be judging it a little too soon with just a couple short rides under my belt. I'll definately give the stock bars a fair chance before I go changing them.
They are probably fine, they just felt excessively wide compared to what I'm used to. I currently have an older (83) Kawasaki CSR 650 street bike and the handlebar configuration is way different.
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-03-2009, 04:33 PM
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I bet it will grow on you. (pun sort of intended)




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I currently have an older (83) Kawasaki CSR 650 street bike
Yep, that would be a major difference for sure. You'll adjust soon enough and find that the wider bars on the KLR are definitely needed. I'm currently switching between a 04 concours and my KLR and the steering is drastically different because of the leverage the KLR has.
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-04-2009, 10:43 AM
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Personally I prefer shorter bars for several reasons. The ones I have on my '08 are 3" shorter than stock with similar rise and sweep.
I don't feel I have lost anything in the control department.
It is a very personal thing though.

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