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Old 12-09-2012, 02:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Another Handlebar Question

I am considering putting 14' apes on my 12 Ultra. I rode a friends bike that has 16's and liked them, but I like the looks of the 14's better. The question is; does the 2 inches make that big of a difference?? I am 6'4 and have a 36' reach. I am using the factory seat. I just don't want to spend the money and wish I had done the 16's. Any input would be helpful.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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And I should add, the 16's are at shoulder height for me.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That 2 inches makes a huge difference. You wouldn't think it would but it does. I'm 6' 0" with a 32" reach and I went with 14's. They are perfect for me at shoulder height. I feel like any lower or any higher would degrade my comfort a little. I had 16's on my Heritage and 18's on my Shovelhead and going from one bike to the other, I could tell an instant difference. Hope this helps.


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Old 12-14-2012, 12:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That 2 inches makes a huge difference. You wouldn't think it would but it does. I'm 6' 0" with a 32" reach and I went with 14's. They are perfect for me at shoulder height. I feel like any lower or any higher would degrade my comfort a little. I had 16's on my Heritage and 18's on my Shovelhead and going from one bike to the other, I could tell an instant difference. Hope this helps.


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I am toying with the idea of 14Inch apes for my Road King, also 6" tall. There's a lot said about arms getting tired with Ape bars on longer rides, any truth to that. I am going on a 3500 km ride in february.

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Old 12-14-2012, 01:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If you get the bars to where you are comfortable then you don't really have to worry about arms getting tired or shoulders hurting. Everybody has a different height they like. 14's just happen to be where I'm most comfortable on long distances. 16's and 18's caused me to start getting a little bit of soreness and pain in my shoulders. You can always set the throttle lock and switch off arms if you are cruising down a long stretch of road.

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Old 12-16-2012, 08:21 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks guys. Jacques'HD, the reason I am going with the higher bars is the stock bars are causing pain in my shoulder and elbow. I think I am going with the 14's. My mechanic (who owns the bike with the 16's) suggested nothing Lowe then 14, but no 18's. Guess its a coin toss and I like the loooks of the 14's better.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Florida does have a maximum height law. Did you ride your buddies bike or just sit on it? Ride it to Daytona and back at one time and you should get your answer.
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Florida does have a maximum height law. Did you ride your buddies bike or just sit on it? Ride it to Daytona and back at one time and you should get your answer.
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I did a 20 mile ride and had no issues, I feel it pretty quick with the stock bars. Florida law states that bars are not to be above riders shoulders. I dont think this is enforced all to often.
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I dont think the Florida law is enforced vary often, seeing the bikes that are on the road.
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