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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-12-2010, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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Any recommendation for laid-back handlebars for a VStar 1300?

The upright seating position on my stock '07 VStar 1300 is killing my back and my butt. Long rides have become unbearable! So...I'm trying to modify my overall riding position to allow comfortable long-distance riding. First thing I've done is purchase a Mustang seat with backrest. Now I need advice on a set of handlebars that will allow me to sit further back. (I also intend to put highway pegs on my factory engine / crash bars. Any good advice on handlebars would be welcome...preferably they will not require all new control cables.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-13-2010, 10:54 PM
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Most people with 1300's have replaced the stock handlebars with the RSTD (Royal Star Tour Deluxe) handlebars, and are much happier with the sitting position, and no more back and shoulder problems. The stock cables are said to fit with no problem if routed carefully. This is what I will do very soon also.

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I just replaced my bars with the Royal Star Tour Deluxe bars. WOW... what a differance. I had to replace the brake line though. That was not too much trouble. I had to reroute the wire harness on both sides and the clutch cable behind the wind shield bracket, again, not too much trouble. Now my fore arms are level and there is not stress on my back or neck. Very Nice. Hope this helps.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-27-2010, 01:25 PM
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I just replaced my bars with the Royal Star Tour Deluxe bars. WOW... what a differance. I had to replace the brake line though. That was not too much trouble. I had to reroute the wire harness on both sides and the clutch cable behind the wind shield bracket, again, not too much trouble. Now my fore arms are level and there is not stress on my back or neck. Very Nice. Hope this helps.
I just replaced mine yesterday, myself !! It wasn't that bad at all. I was torn between the 950 and the RSTD bars. Went with the RSTD's because; (1) they have more pull back and (2) I could get them yesterday. (Had to get those stock bars off asap )

I didn't have to change ANY wires or cables. Although there is a gap of about 1/2in between my brake m/c and switch box now. No biggy to me.

Also all the reading I did kept saying re-routing of the cables. I wasn't sure what was meant by this but all it was is the cable clips on stock handlebars clipped to forward edge of bar and on the RSTD they clip to the bottom side. I didn't really "re-route" anything.

I only used 1 of the clips too because, depending on how far back you tilt the bars, the bottom clip could hit the gas tank.

Oh and it left plenty of room to tilt the windshield back. Which I just got thru doing.

I've only driven it once since changing them out and haven't really decided exactly where I want them set at yet, but I can already tell a big difference in my neck/shoulders though.

The only bad thing about the RSTDs compared to the 950s is you either have to buy after market grips (unless you already have them) or spend $85 to get the RSTD end weights to go with your stock grips. I went with new grips......the were cheaper.
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