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I do love the wonderful adjustability of the helibars but I don't love that they are thin tubing and subject to feeling wobbly. Really hard to get used to bars that don't feel like they are solid.

I do need pullback. I need to find something that can give me plenty of close bar reach without the feeling I'm going to bend the bars riding the bike.
Any thoughts?
Pretty sure the OEM pullback bars are not an option I never see them on FB group.
 

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The 1.25 would be an issue for my accessories I think. I know many use the helibars and I haven't read about others complaining that the bars feel wobbly. Maybe I got a bad set. ?‍♂

I don't even know how much more pullback they offer over stock. I bought them because of all the adjustability for my comfort.
 

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Still looking at options. Certainly plenty of aftermarket bars cheaper than helibars. Read about the little peg thing on controls and the set screws on the heated grips. Both of those can just drill new bars to fit.

Never done the apes thing but see a lot of people like bars with some rise to them. I'm mainly looking to get pullback but rise might be good too I dunno.
 

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Actually thinking about maybe these.


I know heated grips have some screws to tap holes and controls have pins in them. Not sure what else to know with aftermarket bars.
 

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Do let me know when you are ready to get rid of those Heli-bars!
 

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Dang. I was hoping it was just something that felt wrong to you but might be good for me.
 

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No need to be concerned about the locating tabs on the control mounts, a small file takes care of them. I had to do that for the HardBall.
 
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if bars a wobbly your bushing could be bad. If the bars are heavy go to a neoprene bushing

 
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if bars a wobbly your bushing could be bad. If the bars are heavy go to a neoprene bushing

Seems that only applies to steel frames from what I've read.

I have zero issues with the new bars they feel solid. Not like the helibars that sometimes felt like spaghetti.

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Top is the FMB Phatt bars.
Bottom is helibars.

I'd like them to be back about 1/2 inch closer but for the commute to work they are fine. 150 miles a week with that. I need to go burn a tank of gas and see how I feel after that.
When I first put them on the reach was too much. Fingertips on grips. I have short fingers. Haha. So pulled down as far as I can get them and it's near perfect. Good height good wrist angle just a hair closer would be nice but it would be hard to find bars much better. For what I spent I'm not going to swap unless I really have a lot of pain on a long ride. The wrist angle should help with that old pain which is what I wanted but the elbows and shoulders might not like the new position on a long trip. Will see.

I have the clutch lever with more of an upward angle and the brake lever more downward. People think it's weird but it's comfortable for me that way. Get stronger grip on clutch with it higher and less strain on my wrist. Brake lever I don't want a strong pull so it's more at a traditional angle.
 
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