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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-23-2012, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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Default Just installed my custom T-bars! Pics inside

So stoked! Been waiting a *long* time for these. Custom built to my CAD drawings by BR Custom Cycles (www.brcustomcycles.com). I *highly* recommend Billy's work, and he and his crew are very polite, professional folks. A far cry from many of the custom shops out there spouting all kinds of attitude.

Plus, he was the only bar maker who was willing to work from my drawings- everyone else I talked to just couldn't understand the measurements and wanted to just pump out the usual assembly line dimensions.


Anyway, on to the pics:













Here's what she looked like with the stock bars, for comparison:




As you can see, my T-bars aren't exactly the usual flat plane top. What I wanted was a handlebar position that mimics clipons on a sportbike (I wanted droop and pullback angle). The bar width is about 4" narrower than stock too, which is also perfect for me. Will take more steering effort but that was actually desired. I will turn into a sail at high speed less now too.

Happy to answer any questions if you are interested in doing custom bars on your ride.

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Looks good and if they work as good as they look the fab guy has mastered the art of combining fit and function. Too many builders focus on look (fit) and put out products that look sick but aren't really useable.

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So stoked! Been waiting a *long* time for these. Custom built to my CAD drawings by BR Custom Cycles (www.brcustomcycles.com). I *highly* recommend Billy's work, and he and his crew are very polite, professional folks. A far cry from many of the custom shops out there spouting all kinds of attitude.

Plus, he was the only bar maker who was willing to work from my drawings- everyone else I talked to just couldn't understand the measurements and wanted to just pump out the usual assembly line dimensions.

As you can see, my T-bars aren't exactly the usual flat plane top. What I wanted was a handlebar position that mimics clipons on a sportbike (I wanted droop and pullback angle). The bar width is about 4" narrower than stock too, which is also perfect for me. Will take more steering effort but that was actually desired. I will turn into a sail at high speed less now too.

Happy to answer any questions if you are interested in doing custom bars on your ride.

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Does it interfere with your view of the gauges? I had one on my Warrior that I really liked that cut right across the speedo. I didn't really mind, but I replaced it with something that didn't after a while just to make it easier to sell. The next pair didn't cut across anything, but vibrated like crazy at speed.

Looks like they are a little higher than the stock ala mini-apes. I was reading about a bike with the mini-apes the other day and the author stated that with his hands punched out it actually did decrease the sail effect as instead of his arms laying down near his body adding to his body's width, they were punching directly through the air. This had the added benefit for allowing some cooling air around his pits.

Also, it looks like you're running radials, no? If so, what ya got on it?




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1) no, it doesn't interfere with the gauges. I was really aware of that during the design phase and I took a lot of measurements to make sure of it. The top of the 'T' sits just below the bottom edge of the gauges. On top of it, I'm a short guy so most bigger guys would definitely have no issue with that.

2) They are a tiny bit higher than stock and a little more pulled back, which I wasn't going for. I could have gone with a bit more trim on the risers as I wanted more of a forward lean, but after getting back from my maiden ride, I think I really like the riding position. Despite the narrower overall width, I feel like I have more control over the steering and more responsiveness. Probably has more to do with the angle of my arms relative to my torso (closer to 90 degrees).

3) I've got Avon Cobra radials and they were transformational. Excellent tires with no tramlining save for the deepest ruts. Much more bump compliance and definitely more grip.

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Looks good and if they work as good as they look the fab guy has mastered the art of combining fit and function. Too many builders focus on look (fit) and put out products that look sick but aren't really useable.
Thanks man! And I totally agree. That's why I did detailed drawings so that the end product would be exactly what I wanted. Billy got the dimensions and angles dead matching my specs. Pretty talented guy.

They are also ready for internal wiring, which I may do someday. I just wanted to get out and ride!!

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