New handle bars

19 replies to this topic
  • 426_Pilot

Posted March 24, 2001 - 08:05 PM


I bent my stock bars in a crash. I will be replacing them this week. Any thoughts on the best bars? and why? I'm 6'2" should I get some taller bars? What are ya'll using?

  • yzernie

Posted March 24, 2001 - 08:19 PM


426 Pilot,

Stay away from chrome moly or similar construction bars. They are a bit cheaper that good aluminum bars but bend easily.

My stock bars lasted until I got the bike home and uncrated it. They are so easily bent that I never even put them on the bike when I assembled it.

I prefer the Pro Tapers, Honda hi bend. I am not as tall as you (I'm 5-10) but I stand alot and the hi bend makes it more comfortable. I have had some crashes that would have bent even solid titanium bars and the Pro Tapers took them without a whimper.

I have used Renthals, also Honda hi bend. They are a good quality bar too but bend easier than Pro Tapers.

I have also used the Answer Alumite bars and they are comparable to the Renthals.

There are many other good quality bars on the market today. You have a wide variety of choices.

Good luck and have fun,


  • enmerdeur

Posted March 24, 2001 - 08:36 PM


I am not sure what the Japanese make their stock bars from but I think it is only slightly less pliable than lead.

I run Pro Tapers with Applied T-Clamps. Love em. Wouldn't ride with anything else.


  • dirtdad

Posted March 25, 2001 - 03:41 AM


I also run Pro-Tapers with an Applied top clamp and love em! If you like the bend of the stock bar then choose the Henry bend. It is closest to stock though like everyone else said, the Pro-Tapers are bullit proof.
The Applied top clamp (and most aftermarket clamps for that matter) allow you to move the bars forward also. This should help with the leg room and also helps in turns.
I'm 6' and am very comfortable with this set up. I also ride aggressive and stand just about everywhere except turns. Hope this helps.

like a kid again!
00 YZ426F
01 TT-R125L (my son's)
91 CR125
83 YZ490
74 Hodaka Super Combat

  • Bill

Posted March 25, 2001 - 05:38 AM


For a big guy like you. You may want to consider the Renthal Jimmy Button high bend. I personally don't like the flexing that Pro-Tapers have, I like more positive input from the front wheel. I can also understand, that the flex, may also reduce rider fatigue.

Decisions, decisions :)


97 KDX220, 86 TTR225, 99 WR400f, WR timing, throttle stop trimmed, air box lid removed, White Bros head pipe, silencer and air filter. De-octopussed. Works frame guards and Thumper Rad Guards, Scotts steering damper. Odometer and headlight removed. Moose hand and mud guards. YZ stock tank, IMS seat and number plate. Renthal Jimmy Button "highs" and Renthal Soft half waffle grips. AMA, SETRA, Happy Ramblers MXC.

  • dirtdad

Posted March 25, 2001 - 05:53 AM


Hey Bill, where do you ride? I'm not far from you. I bought my 426 and TT-R in Pottstown.

like a kid again!
00 YZ426F
01 TT-R125L (my son's)
91 CR125
83 YZ490
74 Hodaka Super Combat

[This message has been edited by dirtdad (edited 03-25-2001).]

  • 426_Pilot

Posted March 25, 2001 - 04:27 PM


I checked out the Applied website. Do you guys use the Wrap or Works? Rubber Mounted? Thanks for your advice.

  • enmerdeur

Posted March 25, 2001 - 04:53 PM


I use the Works, no rubber.

99'YZ-400 (Mine)
00' TT-R 125 (Hers)
91' KX-125 (Son #1)
93' CR-80 (Son #2)
99' PW-80 (Son #3)

  • dirtdad

Posted March 25, 2001 - 05:14 PM


Same here!

like a kid again!
00 YZ426F
01 TT-R125L (my son's)
91 CR125
83 YZ490
74 Hodaka Super Combat

  • Blueblood

Posted March 25, 2001 - 07:52 PM


No Doubt!
No rubber!
High Bend or Tall Mounts.
Simply the best!

Lez Ride!

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  • Boit

Posted March 26, 2001 - 01:35 AM


Ditto on the Jimmy Button's...but that is a personal preference. At 5' 10", I like the high feel for standing. I'm also old and can't squat like I used too.

  • YZR426

Posted March 26, 2001 - 03:43 AM


426 Pilot,

I'm 6'0 and use the Honda Highs with adapters on the standard mounts.This gives me a good height and seating position.
All I can say about PRO TAPERS is that you ARE in hospital if you bend them.

These are my choice of bars.....

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:) Try and bend them!

[This message has been edited by YZR426 (edited 03-26-2001).]

  • Lackey-92

Posted March 26, 2001 - 04:59 AM


I find Pro Tapers flex too much. I use Renthal Twin Wall 975 (Carmichael Bend) with Applied Wrap upper and lower clamps and the mounts in the forward position. The clamps help open up the riding area for taller riders. The Twin Walls are rigid! But you feel the track. These bars are almost indestructable. I did break a set but it was a violent crash which resulted in two broken arms. I have always found bar to be the most personal choice when setting up bikes and everyone must figure out what works for them.

Don Lackey
Custom Sports Motorcycles
Austin, TX USA
01 YZ426 - Ducati 996

  • Tom_N

Posted March 26, 2001 - 05:24 AM


He guys I am considering some pro tappers but I am not sure I understand why I have to replace the factory tipple clamps? Are the tapper bars too big in diameter to fit or what? I have looked at the bars in many catalogs and they always suggest some tripple clamps so it appears to be required.. How do you choose a set of clamps? There's only like a dozen to choose from then there are kits and mods and the list gets even bigger? Any advice for someone on a low budget? I don't want to drop two bills on a set up to find that I don't like it or it does not fit and I should have gotten a different bend or something..

Wouldnt it be great if parts & accessories had a 30 day return policy like a stereo you bought at Circuit City.. If you don't like it just exchange it :)

I am 6'0 and have a 98 yz400f...

  • dirtdad

Posted March 26, 2001 - 06:38 AM


yes, the Pro-Tapers are bigger (diameter at the mounts) than your stock bars. They can however be mounted on your stock top clamp with the Pro-Taper universal adapter kit. It is cheaper and easier than replacing the entire top clamp. Be careful with bar selection if you choose to go that route. The universal adapter raises the bars even more, so going with a high bar bend may be too tall. Hope this helps.

like a kid again!
00 YZ426F
01 TT-R125L (my son's)
91 CR125
83 YZ490
74 Hodaka Super Combat

  • 426_Pilot

Posted March 27, 2001 - 06:42 AM


Thanks for the suggestions, but I have a couple more questions.

1. With the Pro Taper Universal Mount, can the bars be moved forward? I understand that the bars will be higher with this mount.

2. Has anyone tried the oversized mounts from Dirt Tricks?

Thanks, guys!

  • smitty33

Posted March 27, 2001 - 07:18 AM


Hey 426 Pilot

You might want to check into the Renthal Fat Bar.
It's a cross barless design that comes in some very popular bends.

I did a review on it here:

Hope this helps.

Hold it Wide...

  • motojunkie

Posted March 27, 2001 - 10:33 PM


If you don't want to replace your triple clamps - try DeMarini bars, they are a true doublewall, the second wall is inside, so they fit normal 7/8" clamps. Also, they have a V shaped crossbar that allows flex. DeMarini claims 40% less vibration....They work, I've noticed that I can go faster for longer with DeMarini's. Only drawback is cost - list $150.00 Chapparal has them for $135.00...But that is still cheaper than Pro Tapers & triple clamps. My preference is the McGrath bend, but I'm only 5'10". Hope this helps.

  • 426_Pilot

Posted March 29, 2001 - 07:48 PM


Well, in a cost saving measure, I went with the Jimmy Button High Renthal. I was all set to get the Pro Taper's but wasn't quite ready to fork out an additional $150 for a clamp kit. When I asked the dealer about the universal, they said they had seen several of those break. I'm going riding tomorrow with the new bars for the first time. If I bend these I'll probably go for the whole Pro Taper shabang. I would've like to have a new clamp kit to move the bars forward, but again $250 wasn't in the budget this time. Hope I don't learn the hard way!

  • Guest_Guest_*

Posted March 30, 2001 - 06:27 AM


Has anyone tried AZONIC doublecross bars or triple clamps? They look pretty good but I am wondering if I can still use my Acerbis bark busters?

Roostn in Denver

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