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Ape Hangers???

Looking for Pro's and Con's, comments and suggestions:

Love the look of the Roland Sands 16" Ape Hangers. Never rode a bike with ape hangers but always loved the look. What do you think??

Also, considering a detachable windshield for longer trips. Does a windshield make a difference as it relates to ape hangers??

I have a 2012 Fat Boy Lo.
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Windshields make a difference for longer rides. Go to a Harley Dealer and ride used bikes with apes and see if you like them.
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I think it would be a good idea to test ride a bike at a dealer that has some. My first Sportster many years ago had really tall apes when I got it and I hated them. Tall apes arent for everybody, just as beach bars or drag bars dont work for some people. Coming from the bars you have you should have no problem making the adjustment if you want to go that direction though.

IMO a windshield with tall apes looks funny, but apes, depending on how you set them and how long your arms are, will have most people sitting more upright. That can actually be beneficial by getting your head closer to the windshield and out of the turbulence zone, but depending on your height and the windshield height that can also put you back into the bug eating zone.

I usually keep the windshield on my Deluxe because its saved me from taking many many big bugs and a few rocks in the face wearing my 1/2 helmet. Tall apes and windshields are really "to each his own" or "whatever works for YOU" kinds of things.
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One thing to consider-- The effective height of the bars. The Fat Boy is a softail and the Low has a lower seating position than the touring bikes (and possibly the Dynas as well). That may make the 16s "feel" even taller. This is a decision that extra research pays off on.

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I found them to be comfortable for riding but I did not have the confidence of managing hazards. I had reduced confidence in both stopping fast and extreme swerving situations when compared to a beach or drag type handlebar. That alone will talk me out of ever committing to a bike with Apes. Maybe more time and practice was all that was needed, I am fine not knowing
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Mine are really just mini-to-moderate 12.5 inches. They give me the look and comfort I want but still have a little bend in my elbows which, IMO, allow for good maneuverability. I've never gotten in a bind with them.

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Mine are really just mini-to-moderate 12.5 inches. They give me the look and comfort I want but still have a little bend in my elbows which, IMO, allow for good maneuverability. I've never gotten in a bind with them.

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I have 12 inch on mine. The most comfortable bars I ever had. I considered taller, but happy I went with these.

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One thing to consider-- The effective height of the bars. The Fat Boy is a softail and the Low has a lower seating position than the touring bikes (and possibly the Dynas as well). That may make the 16s "feel" even taller. This is a decision that extra research pays off on.

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This is the best advice so far. A seat can change everything, and throw you out of your comfort spot. I run 16's on my Road Glide, and wouldn't trade them for the world. AS far as handling goes, and/or maneuvering, there is zero difference once you become accustomed to them.

I'd take a ride to as many dealers as you can, hit up their used department, and find a bike with bars with the height you like, don't get stuck on a number. 16's might be great for one guy, but 14's may work better for you. Different aftermarket bars will measure slightly different as well. Make sure you have the seat you WANT, before you commit, as this will change things.
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I found them to be comfortable for riding but I did not have the confidence of managing hazards. I had reduced confidence in both stopping fast and extreme swerving situations when compared to a beach or drag type handlebar. That alone will talk me out of ever committing to a bike with Apes. Maybe more time and practice was all that was needed, I am fine not knowing
I couldn't agree more. The taller the bar the less leverage you have when you need it in a emergency (the front end getting squirrely from braking or sand or just a quick maneuver). The way we used to decide on bar height without a shield or fairing, was to decide at what speed you usually ride. The wind at that speed should hold you in a neutral position. That is, not leaning with much pressure on the bars and not having to hold tight and pull against the bars. Obviously, the faster you ride the lower the bars. With a fairing or shield higher bars can be used.

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