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So I have multi part question. I am looking at getting new handle bars for my bike (2005 Sportster 1200 C). I am looking at 12" mini apes. My question is do you think black bars would look funny? I would keep handles and acc. chrome, with black and chrome grips. The bike is most chrome, but I do have black exhaust coming and black AC already on.
Also using the stock riser (have the electic dash) do you think 12" would be to high and uncomforable? ( I am 5'10)
 

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First of all is 12 inch bars legal for your height? You have some black already so it's your call, it's your bike. Comfort, I think that all depends on you.
Will it look funny? Not from where you will be seeing it.
 

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I think it would good. I like the black and chrome combo. Check out burly brand when you shop. They are good quality and easy to install. A proud owner of burly parts.


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That was the brand I was looking at, nice.

First of all is 12 inch bars legal for your height? You have some black already so it's your call, it's your bike. Comfort, I think that all depends on you.
Will it look funny? Not from where you will be seeing it.
Anything with your hands over the shoulders is illegal in Cali. I need to do some more "test" to see if it will end up legal or not.

To be honest I am most worried about the black and chrome looking weird.
 

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To be honest I am most worried about the black and chrome looking weird.
Do an image search on the web and see if you can find a bike like you are thinking of. Might help you decide. I find some ideas just searching images.
 

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Black and chrome go together like a fat kid on candy.


Just think late 60s muscle car, black lacquer and chrome trim.
 

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you can mock it up with a good stiff piece of wire....bend it into 12'' apes and see where your hands wind up. If it's to high you can drop down to 10''.
 

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you can mock it up with a good stiff piece of wire....bend it into 12'' apes and see where your hands wind up. If it's to high you can drop down to 10''.
I was going to do the this with cardboard, but stiff wire is much better idea

I live in texas but family lives in Calif. I have 20" apes on my heritage. When I would take my bike to calif, I would loosen the risers and pull them back if I ever seen a cop.

thats one way to do it for sure.

To be honest I have never seen a harley pulled over. Yet alone anyone with high bars. I feel like the only reason you would get pulled over your bars is the cop is a d!ck, or he was going to pull you over anyways.
 

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Cover your existing bars with black masking tape and you'll get a pretty good idea of how the black bars will look. I always like to see what it looks like on the bike rather then just in my head. Personally I think the black bars will look good.
 

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Buddy of mine has black bars on his bike and it looks great. His has a lot of other black parts on it also though.
 

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Just put the bars on if you like'um, then you can add a few black accents to round it all out. A mixture of black an chrome looks awesome......some stainless lines would really set'um off. maybe paint your rockers covers black.
 

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Just to give you an idea, I am 6' tall and put 12" apes on top of the stock 6" riser on my 2002 1200C and my hands are pretty much level with my shoulders.


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Thats good to know. A 12 may just be a bit high. Thanx

I love the black and chrome look. So I think the black should look pretty sweet (the black tape idea is a good one) I am doing/have other black on it too, AC and pipes. I like the SS line idea too. Thanx guys, now to just go rob a bank for the the cash...:bigguns:2guns
 

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Thats good to know. A 12 may just be a bit high. Thanx

I love the black and chrome look. So I think the black should look pretty sweet (the black tape idea is a good one) I am doing/have other black on it too, AC and pipes. I like the SS line idea too. Thanx guys, now to just go rob a bank for the the cash...:bigguns:2guns
:laugh...Harley's ain't a cheap hobby....:thumb
 
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