Depends on the height I guess. mine were 14" tall, my arms were no higher than my shoulders at anytime. My back felt a million times better than with the stock bars.I've never rode with them but they look like they'd be really uncomfortable to me. Like my hands would fall asleep. Not the case?
Well said! :mrgreen:I cannot think of a single downside to apes other than it cost some money to install them. Most people that poo poo apes have never ridden with them or are going on what others have said. The others spoken of have also not ridden with them either.
Here's my take................I liked them as soon as I bolted them on. The bike was much more easier to push around and manuever as I was doing the install. My back pain has now disappeared. The bike is easier to steer, even at low parking lot speed. It's kinda like power steering. Because of the height of the bars, you have more leverage to hold the bike up and to raise it if it falls over. With apes, your mirrors are up at eye level, which I like. For me, it is a plus all the way around and they look cool to boot.
Mine are not bike specific. They are generic 16" Burley bars. My stock bars were 1". Mine are 1 1/4" with the riser and grip section at 1". The other dimension to watch is the knurled section. I think most are 3.5 inches, center to center, which was a good fit for me. There was a little grinding and filing needed in the grip area, but no big deal.Thanks!
Now, are ape hangers bike specific or do you just need to know a diameter for them?
I've never rode with them but they look like they'd be really uncomfortable to me. Like my hands would fall asleep. Not the case?
When controlling a bike, not true with the elbows, because of the direction of the input to the bars.It must just be me but, I don't like them. My martial arts training has taught me that, any time your hands are above your shoulders or your elbows are out side your body your leverage becomes weak.
Same here........I used to look forward to gas stops just to get off the bike. Now gas stops are an interruption to my riding.I have 16" kong bars and love them! I will always have a bike with apes. With the mustang seat,back rest and apehangers, the only reason to stop is for gas.