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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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"P" clamps and clubman bars.

Has anyone successfully installed a set of clubman or ace bars using the standard "P" clamps like I have on my '71 Bonneville? Just looking at it I don't think I will be able to fish them over the 90 degree angle where the grip portion of the bar is attached to the main loop.

Anyone tried?

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I had clubmans on my '71 Bonneville at one point in time. I had to pry the P clamps open to insert the bar and then beat them back down far enough to get the bolt to bite and pull them the rest of the way closed.
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Thanks for the info,

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Norman Hyde M Bars

Norman Hyde "M" bars are your answer. Look correct as well in my humble opinion.

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Hi Ken, That might be the answer. The "P" clamps have just been plated and there is a good chance that the chrome would crack if I bend them too much. I will keep the "M" bars in mind.

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I guess I should have mentioned that I didn't like my clubmans - too hard on my back & wrists, and I still consider myself young. I switched to the Hyde M bars and they were much better.
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I had the same issues, I went with the M bars and think they just LOOK right.
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I had clubmans on my '71 Bonneville at one point in time. I had to pry the P clamps open to insert the bar and then beat them back down far enough to get the bolt to bite and pull them the rest of the way closed.
This is what I had to do when I put clubman bars on. Prying the clamps open was a lot easier than getting them back down. It was a pain getting the threads lined up for the bolts again - had to use vice grips. Oh, and I wouldn't do it more than once... doing this once and you'll be fine, but I'm guessing that you couldn't get away with it again because the clamps might crack and/or break.
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My Clubmans are mounted upside down with specially modified Honda 350 risers for 7/8" bars.

A friend with a lathe turned down the Honda to match the Triumph stem size and threads.

This arrangement is an old 'Chopper' trick and is actually a good setup.

Moderate rise and the narrower width makes for a much better handling bike, imho.

'P' Clamps would be work hardened by bending and re-bending, some have bent with heat- neither a good idea.


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bars & rearsets

i want to put the hyde bars on also, has anyone put rearsets on and which brand? seem it would be an awkward riding position with the standard pegs, hyde does not make r/h gearchange rearsets and i'm finding it hard to source any for my T140v '73, thanks for any info.

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My Clubmans are mounted upside down with specially modified Honda 350 risers for 7/8" bars.

A friend with a lathe turned down the Honda to match the Triumph stem size and threads.

This arrangement is an old 'Chopper' trick and is actually a good setup.

Moderate rise and the narrower width makes for a much better handling bike, imho.

'P' Clamps would be work hardened by bending and re-bending, some have bent with heat- neither a good idea.

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