Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: San Tan Valley, AZ
It's not so much about total height as it is about torso length and arm length. I'm 5'10" and wear a 32" shirt. So arms are a little longer and my inseam is 30" so a little long in the torso. I feel most comfortable at 16" - 18" apes. I have the Ness modular's on my XCT and they are a little short so I have them set somewhat forward.
On my Road King I started with chubby apes in 16" and they were comfortable but just a little short. I went to 18's and they were good. Went to yaffe 20's but they were too tall. I didn't realize Yaffe's bars run about 2" taller so they were really like 22's.
You really need to sit on some bikes with different bars to get a feel for them. I seem to remember some HD dealers had an adjustable setup in stores to aid in finding your correct riding posture in seat, bars and pegs/boards. Don't know is those are still around anywhere. Some venders at rallies have had a similar setup. You could have a buddy stand next to bike extending a broom handle or pipe over your bars to aid you in finding your close to ideal setting.
2012 Cross Country Champion Trike in process with all the usual mods
2010 cross country, engine change out in process
03/07/12 RG Chopped Bagger
1996 Road King Chopped
2003 Big Bear Choppers DA
2000 Chopper Guys rigid EVO
1995 FLHTCU w/Hennigan sidecar
1990 FXRS Convt
1986 Honda CX650C
Last edited by DirtyDan; 01-24-2016 at 01:25 PM.