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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-09-2012, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Tips on Bonneville Bar Position and Grips

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Took the Bonnie for her first good run today. I need to change either the bars or the position of the current bars as well as the grips. My arms are long and I find my elbows being bent gets a little uncomfortable. Should I just loosen up the bars and push em forward or would replacing the bars with a slightly lower profile be better, or both?

How do I loosen the bar mounts? Took a quick peak and couldn't see what kind of tool to use.

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Hi. So the bar mounts with two clamps in the center section. The clamps are attached with 6mm allen head bolts. These come covered with small chrome, plastice plugs. These can be removed with a small screwdriver or a thin blade. You can then loosen the bolts and rotate your bars. You may also need to adjust your mirrors and levers a bit depending on how much you rotate them. These are 5mm allens.
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There is a great bonneville bar thread on the forum here:

http://www.triumphrat.net/twins-tech...ar-thread.html

I did a bunch of reading and checked out the pictures and ended up going with the Norman Hyde M Bars. Been riding with them a few weeks and they seem a little bit too low and leaned forward for me. Might put in a riser or might try superbars which appear to be a compromise in between stock and the M bars.

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You mean you want to ride with your arms stretched and locked at the elbow?
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You mean you want to ride with your arms stretched and locked at the elbow?
No. Just not pitched at what feels like 90 degrees. Maybe I need to raise em, or pitch em back. Not sure yet. Have to experiment.

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Ok, I see.
You might tilt the a bit forward.
Or change to something else. Is fun to do too.
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My NH M Bars are on the way! Hope I made the right choice haha!
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i used 1" round 1" tall black anodized standoffs from graingers drilled hole to 3/8 used longer bolts, hex fit perfect and cables were good, i do not think much more is possible without some cable changes, good luck enjoy your new ride
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I tilted mine up a little because I like my arms a little higher. I sit a little more straight up, which I prefer. Feels a lot like a dirt bike now.
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I use the BellaCorse Superbars. I tried the M Bars, but they created an uncomfortable reach that gave me both back and wrist pain. However, all of us have a little different body geometry...YMMV.

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