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  • Need assistance picking some Ape Hangers

    I'm buying a 99 R16 in a week or so. First thing it needs is some ape hangers. Probably 16 inch, and probably "bagger" style bars.

    Most that I find are the 1-1/4 inch that neck down to 1 inch at the clamps and controls. Unfortunately, most are HD spacing. How wide do I need for stock risers to be all inside the 1" section?

    I don't have the bike yet, so I can't measure it myself. And most ads for bars only give the center to center of the knurling, not the full width.

  • #2
    I like my Kong 16 in bars
    LET'S RIDE

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    • #3
      I had to grind the stock risers slightly with a dremel for my 18" 1.25" bars. The switches, and levers and such are wider than Harley so the throttle and clutch side grips are about an inch or so past the end of the bars. That isn't a problem, but just to be aware of. You will have to really work on the wiring and possibly move some plugs to the outside of the headlight bucket and the wires will be stretched pretty tight but will work.
      2000 Roadstar 1600 - BAK, Pumpless, Curt's manifold, Mikuni HSR42 Freedom Combat Pipes Jumbo Strong bags, PPG 'HellFire' Paint.

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      • #4
        Roadie risers are right at 4". Harley is 3.5". They don't fit tight, so most guys will dremel about 1/8" off each side - like Jaybo said he did.

        I went with 12" KST Kustom Mayhems on Victory High Ball 2 piece risers and didn't have to do anything to either the bars or the risers.
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        • #5
          yup, grind down the ends of the one piece 05 riser top. i used oem everything else.. and put bar ends in the holes, they come in colors. wiring will take u all day.
          16's , and i am 6 ft tall, coulda done 17 maybe 18 ? , ED seat drops your ass and inch or so from OEM saddle

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          • #6
            Do any of you guys that ground on the risers have any photos?

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              • #8
                16 in Kong bars and Barons DT pull back risers, SpeedStar Grips, SS lines and cables, wiring internal through bars
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                LET'S RIDE

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                • #9
                  This may help.

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                  • HotRod
                    HotRod commented
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                    That drawing represents the one piece "batwing" riser on the 04 and newer Roadies. You may not be able to narrow the 2 piece early risers without weakening them to being unsafe. Just my 1/2 pennies worth.

                  • roadiemort
                    roadiemort commented
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                    Good news is there are 10 years of the one pc out there that will fit the 99 to 03 as well.

                • #10
                  Swap to 12" apes top of my list as well.
                  Want to go with 1 1/2" but really tuff searching online due to advertisement of pics and specs never tell you the distance of the center 1" clamp area between the 1 1/2" bottom continuation on either side.

                  My 2003 needs 5 1/4" distance. I've emailed a few manufactures with no luck of any responses.
                  Guess their busy or simple don't care in responding. Hunt continues.
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                  • #11
                    The bars I bought have 5" center section, maybe 5.125", but not quite 5.25" needed, so I ended up having to taper the risers. The TCMT bagger bars on Amazon

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