Handlebars: steel vs Al
Posted October 15, 2001 - 08:48 AM
steel bars every single weekend. My
theory is that since the bars aren't
rubber mounted on this bike, I'd rather
trash a set of $15 bars instead of a
triple clamp or worse.
The parts guy at the dealership tells
me to stop worrying about it and talked
me into buying some Aluminum bars. Of
course, they sell Honda/Kawasaki with
rubber mounted bars only.
I'm not really hung up on saving a few
pounds or anything... what are the
advantages/disadvantages as far as
reliability with Al vs steel?
Posted October 15, 2001 - 09:01 PM
How are you destroying the steel bars? If you are bending them so bad that you cannot hope to straighten them I suggest saving the money you would spend on Al bars for riding lessons…
Just kidding, but if you are mangling a pair of steel bars that bad I’m guessing you would probably damage any kind of Al bars as well. Well mounted bark busters, especially with inboard triple clamp mounts, will help protect your bars to some extent.
Hope this helps.
Posted October 15, 2001 - 09:02 PM
"It's a Yellow 99' YZ400!!"
Posted October 15, 2001 - 12:29 PM
busters, which just seems to transfer
the stress that would have been absorbed
by the whole bar bending to the point
where the bark buster clamps on.
Seems like an easy lay-down bends the
steel bars. Lets put it this way, I've
received zero injury. Just slip on a
root and pick up the bars and they are
bent. Minor, but annoying.
I was mainly concerned that if the Al
bars are so strong, that 15-inch lever
may be enough to break the mount instead.
Sometimes its better to have the weakest
link be a $15 one.
(yeah, I fall down a lot. never had
a paintjob, helmet or set of leathers
look new for a whole day on the roadracing
Posted October 15, 2001 - 01:25 PM
Mark...00 426 w/plates,and $4000.00 of other attachments!