Which bars to buy?

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  • wayneoXCF

Posted August 09, 2001 - 03:45 AM


Im tossing my cheesy butter bars, in favor of some new hi-bend bars. Only problem w/ so many choices out there, Im not sure which ones to buy. I really like the feel of the stock KTM bars, (Magura?). They seem to sit up higher, and the bike feels like it handles much better with them. Thanks for the input!

  • *mike68*

Posted August 09, 2001 - 04:22 AM


The Jimmy Button highs made a big difference in my riding. It makes it easy and comfortable to stand. Standing = faster! I stand almost the whole ride and am now keeping up eith the faaster guys I ride with.

  • z4me

Posted August 09, 2001 - 05:46 AM


I agree with Mike. I have been running the Jimmy Button bars for a couple of years now - they open the cockpit up real nice for my 6 foot frame w/o much expense.

- Sean


Posted August 09, 2001 - 07:01 AM


Hey Mike,

Got any thoughts on the Renthal McGrath bend bars? I have been toying with the Idea lately. I have bent way too many bars (Not in the last month though)to buy a set of million dollar pro-taper bars. The Moose bars I use have been ok (I bought them cause they're blue).


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  • Bill

Posted August 09, 2001 - 07:22 AM


Renthal Jimmy Button highs. More room in the cockpit and easier to stand up.

I personally don't care for Pro-Tapers, they flex and don't give me the feedback from the front wheel that I want.


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  • Brandon

Posted August 09, 2001 - 09:09 PM


After thrashing my stock bars in a 4th gear wheelie flip i bought the jimmy button highs and think they are great as well.

  • *mike68*

Posted August 09, 2001 - 09:26 PM


I wish I could help you on the bars, but there are just too many out there and I have never tried the McGrath bars. I would say if you can't stand comfortably, you probably need a taller bar. I rode a bike (wr) with the origonal bars and it almost forces you to sit, becuase it feels like the bar is in your lap. I instanly gained speed and agility by being able to stand all the time comfortably. It also helped reduce my forearm pump.


Posted August 09, 2001 - 10:06 AM


I just went over to my local shop and looked at a set of Buttons ($89.95) 110mm rise/62mm sweep vs the McGrath bars ($70.00)83mm rise / 57mm sweep.

The Buttons look like motocross "Ape Hangers" :) compared to the other bends I looked at. Kind of reminded me of something out of the movie "Easy Rider" :D. I think I'm going to try the McGrath bend and hope I didn't make a $70. mistake. :D

Bonzai... :D

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  • KnightRider

Posted August 09, 2001 - 10:11 AM


I'm 6'1" and I ride with the McGrath bars and love them. I never have tried the Jimmy B bars before, though. The McGraths are very durable too

  • mcarp

Posted August 09, 2001 - 10:24 AM


I was using the McGrath bend, I'm 6'2". They were too low without using risers (turning the clamps upside down w/ scotts damper). Now I use the TAG T5 Cr double high w/ risers. Just about perfect, very similar to Button bend. The buttons look tall, but after riding Bill's bike, the ergonomics seemed fine for tall folks.

I wanted the extra strentgh so I got the TAG's. I've bent 4 or 5 renthals before and didn't want the expense of Pro-tapers (and the new damper brackets, etc).

If you want tall, the Button bend is the ighest out there. Otherwise use risers with your favorite sweep.

  • MN_Kevin

Posted August 09, 2001 - 01:00 PM


The Renthal McGrath bars and STOCK WR bars are shockingly quite similiar. This was pointed out to me after I bought the Mc bars.

Check out Renthal's websight for dimensions.

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  • Bill

Posted August 09, 2001 - 01:28 PM



I ordered mine (JB highs) through Chaparrel ($65 or 69). Look in the mags, usually the rider replica bars are all the same cost.


  • Bill

Posted August 09, 2001 - 01:56 PM


I will admit at full width. The bars did seem a little ape hangie. I cut 5/8" off each side and their perfect now.


  • freestyle111

Posted August 09, 2001 - 04:19 PM


i made mistake of buying renthal macGrath bend.what a waste they are identical to yamaha bend.i rode with them once before i tossed them into my stupid purchases pile.then i went and bought a appl;ed triple clamp with cr hi bend[azonic bars] now im very happy.just wish i had $70 i wasted on renthals.

  • funktree

Posted August 09, 2001 - 06:43 PM


How much you want for the renthals? Im trying to sell a yz250 and could use some new bars on it.

  • Guest_Spudman_*

Posted August 10, 2001 - 11:00 AM


As a tall rider I also like the Jimmy B highs. I also modified my bars as Bill mentioned by trimming some off the ends although I can't remember the exact amount.

On a related note, has anybody installed acerbis ralley pro handgaurds onto their Jimmy B highs? I have heard various things from the local shops but nothing consistent(as I expected). Why is it so difficult to find a knowledgable shop :))

  • freestyle111

Posted August 11, 2001 - 07:23 PM


$40+shipping and ill even include bar pad.i cut 1\2 in. off each end other than that they are like brand new.


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