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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-07-2018, 07:08 AM Thread Starter
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Handlebar for a 950

I recently took a MSF course for riding slow, like in a parking lot. I ran into a couple of problems. 1. When the handlebar is turned as far as it can go in either direction, my one arm is extended as far as it will go and I have to lean forward a touch. 2. With the handlebar all the way to the right, the brake lever was getting tangled up with my knee. I’ve read that a RTSD handlebar should take care of both problems. (I can probably rotate the brake lever to fix the one problem.) Plus, it might help with the tingling I get in my right hand that I sometimes get. But, it is designed for a 1300. My question is; Has anyone installed a RTSD bar on a 950, and, if they did what problems, if any, did they run into?
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-07-2018, 10:35 AM
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I had the same problem and I did install the RTSD bars from Barons and still never liked them. I put on a set of Harley Heritage bars and a set of risers 3 inch tall with 1.5 pullback and all new cables...expensive but it works for me. Bars were used 40.00, risers on Amazon 40.00. cables...Barons 300.00 + all CDN prices!!
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you could try adjusting the angle of your handlebar. just loosen it from the risers a tad and then moving it up so it doesn't hit your leg. cheaper and quicker than replacing anything.
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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-08-2018, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Keeshonden, I’m OK with my hand height. The Harley bar looks like a mini-ape. Although, if I understand things correctly, a three inch riser with some amount of pullback would solve a lot of the problems. That just leaves the width of the handlebars. I definitely think my handlebar is too wide for me. One of the problems is that I’m too new of a rider to have a good handle on the problem let alone knowing how to fix it. I’m willing to try the Baron bar. I’m just trying to understand any hidden costs, (like new cables), before I make that decision.
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post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-08-2018, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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bevo1981, I’ve thought about that. I’ll probably give that a try. But, the handlebar hitting my knee seems to me to be only a small aspect of the problem.
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you also might want to look into replacing your risers before replacing the handlebar. also cheaper and less trouble, and would move the grips closer to you so you don't have to reach as far.

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I did the same thing bevo did on my 950, problem solved and took about 20 minutes.


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post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-09-2018, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. Trying a riser with pull back along with experimenting with handlebar adjustments first is definitely sound advice that I will follow. Now to figure out which riser to buy. 🙃
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Not sure of how the 950 cables are configured, but I just put 4.5" risers on my 1100 and I didn't have to replace any cables. I did have to reroute a couple, but that was minor.

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post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-09-2018, 11:10 PM
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i put 3" risers on my 950 without having to do any rerouting of cables. any more than that and you probably will need to.

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