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Old 12-12-2012, 08:08 PM   #51
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Feels pretty good. It does force me to lean forward more; even to the point of not needing the backrest. This is not a bad thing for me personally because for whatever reason; my dang tailbone doesn't like to be sat on for very long.

I think they are fine for what I want them for but for touring I think the HMD bars would be better. Especially if they were $50 less. At $300 I think the HMD bars would be a solid choice for those looking for comfort, better wrist angle, and good looks. At $350 I would just buy the Ness bars again. Hard to beat that adjustable grip angle for the price. Then again I did buy the Ness bars on sale and got the $50 gift certificate which made the Ness bars $354.
What set of HMD bars.... I am torn between the XC pull backs or the bagger bars....
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:11 PM   #52
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The bagger bars would probably be about the same but not adjustable at the grips. I'm thinking of the 2.5" pullback bars with the mitered corners like the Ness bars..
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From what I'm seeing, there is only a few options for the XCT.

Stock bars if you are over 6'2' tall
Stock bars bent to fix the poor angle of the pullback
Victory 2 over bars with the poor angle
HMD pullback bars
Ness modular bars
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Plus apes from Ness, HMD, Kewlmetal, or custom made through Zombie bars or BR Custom Bars. BR can make bars to your specs for about what I paid for the Ness Mod Bars.
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Well HMD pullbacks in black it is.......see if my dealer can install them when they do the 500 mile service....
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:19 PM   #56
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Heli-Bars are another option, just prepare yourself for the sticker shock! If I go to Sturgis in 2013, I will probably go this route as they will install for free, and ship your old bars home. Expensive, but good adjustability, and quality.

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I think I have my modulars where I want them now. I'll be riding 2.5 hours after work so it should be apparent how well they work soon.
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Heli-Bars are another option, just prepare yourself for the sticker shock! If I go to Sturgis in 2013, I will probably go this route as they will install for free, and ship your old bars home. Expensive, but good adjustability, and quality.

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Yepper. $750 normally but right now they are on sale for $600. If I were you I would just buy them now and put them on. It's a good time to get to know your bike a little better as well. Pulling the outer fairing and the 4 bolts that hold the inner fairing to the bike is a piece of cake. Just takes a little time the first time.

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I think I have my modulars where I want them now. I'll be riding 2.5 hours after work so it should be apparent how well they work soon.
I pulled mine back a little and think I have them in a better spot now too. I'll find out after this little squall rolls through tomorrow.
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Yepper. $750 normally but right now they are on sale for $600. If I were you I would just buy them now and put them on. It's a good time to get to know your bike a little better as well. Pulling the outer fairing and the 4 bolts that hold the inner fairing to the bike is a piece of cake. Just takes a little time the first time.

https://www.helibars.com/product/hor...lebars-victory
One of the motorcycle magazines (I forget which one -- it was Motorcyclist, Cycle World, or Rider) added these to a Concours 14 or an FJR in the last year or so, and absolutely loved them, said it was worth the money, etc. I thought of these, but I didn't think that they made them for our small market (and didn't bother to check).

The bad news is that the sale may be over: "Sale price: $599.00 HeliBars 25th Anniversary November Special valid through November 30th!"

Having removed the fairing and the dash before (for lighting and a horn), I can attest that the dash is a bit of a PITA (bolts down by the fork tubes and underneath the dash), but it's certainly in the realm of a shade-tree mechanic. The hardest part of D-I-Y bar-changing -- at least, the part that worries me the most -- is removing and preserving the heated grips on my XCT.
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