I replaced the stock handle bar with an after market one and it was pretty simple. I used the repair manual as a guide and some of the posts from here (use the search function) and it turned out to be a snap.
From my extensive research on the handle bar to use, I found out some interesting things, and they are: You can use almost any handlebar you want, it just amounts to the work you want to put in it. Also, you need to find out what YOU WANT, then find that handle bar. For example, I purchased and installed a EL Diablo brand 1 !/4 inch handle bar on my 950 that was designed for a Harley. The thing that I made sure would be good is the area that the mounts would be be on is in the 1 inch area on the handle bar. I did have to put a changer on the outside edge of the mounting mounts because the 1 inch distance was about 1/8 inch to narrow, so I filed a changer on the mounts and it works great. It has not loosened up or moved at all. So, all I can recommend is that you spend some time researching it and doing your planning prior to the purchase, and you will end up with the look and feel you want.
"Dance like this is the last dance "
2009 V Star 950 Tourer
Windshield; Clevver; V&H exhaust.; Highway bar