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Has anyone looked into what it would take to make these bars work? I love the clubmans, norman hydes and even clip-ons for their aggressive looks but looking for a slightly more comfortable option and something flatter than the FT for my Classic while still honoring the Italian bloodlines.
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The first problem you'll find is that the Monster and Streetfighter both have fat-bars, so you'll need to get new risers unless you already have the FT bars, which are supplied with new risers.

Once that issue is sorted, you may have problems with the front brake line (or rather, the union with the reservoir) fouling on your speedo, since the monster bars are a good deal narrower than FT or standard bars. You'll probably want to re-route the line also.

With that sorted, you may find re-routing the clutch cable is necessary as the bend will be quite sharp with the standard routing.

The pic below is of a Scram (not mine) with Renthal Ultra Low bars fitted. They're roughly the same width as Monster bars, but a touch higher I think. Given how close the front brake union is to his speedo, I'm not actually sure that the Monster bars would fit at all.

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Bugger the Italian bloodlines :) just get something that fits and suits you. I didn't mind the stock bar height on mine but the bend was a bit wrong for my wrists. Thought that the bars on my 650 Vstrom were pretty comfortable so measured them up and width was pretty much the same but height was about an inch lower. Seemed good to me so bought a used handlebar off ebay and I'm happy with it now.
 

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The first problem you'll find is that the Monster and Streetfighter both have fat-bars, so you'll need to get new risers unless you already have the FT bars, which are supplied with new risers.

Once that issue is sorted, you may have problems with the front brake line (or rather, the union with the reservoir) fouling on your speedo, since the monster bars are a good deal narrower than FT or standard bars. You'll probably want to re-route the line also.

With that sorted, you may find re-routing the clutch cable is necessary as the bend will be quite sharp with the standard routing.

The pic below is of a Scram (not mine) with Renthal Ultra Low bars fitted. They're roughly the same width as Monster bars, but a touch higher I think. Given how close the front brake union is to his speedo, I'm not actually sure that the Monster bars would fit at all.

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Thanks Bm. I do not have the FT bars but the riser issue is easy and cheap enough to remedy. The cables I am expecting to re-do anyways to get rid of the clutter. The possible interference of the brake reservoir and speedo could definitely be an issue though which is my main concern in fitting all the controls on a smaller bar. I may just have to try it myself and see unless another guinea pig beats me to it.
 

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Bugger the Italian bloodlines :) just get something that fits and suits you. I didn't mind the stock bar height on mine but the bend was a bit wrong for my wrists. Thought that the bars on my 650 Vstrom were pretty comfortable so measured them up and width was pretty much the same but height was about an inch lower. Seemed good to me so bought a used handlebar off ebay and I'm happy with it now.
I hear you about comfort and I think either of these bars would fit the bill since they felt just fine in the showroom. Keeping key components like the bars Italian is just a direction I prefer for my build. Everyone's different which I think is awesome.
 

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I looked at changing the bars on my FT for either SF bars or rizoma bars but when comparing the bars on my SF I realised that the brake line would interfere with the speedo.

What I did was spend a day playing around with the FT bars and worked out that I could cut an inch and a half off each end and still retain a comfortable position and an uncluttered speedo.

If I'd tried to make the bars any shorter I'd have run out of straight section for the controls but even after removing three inches off the overall length the bars are still another three inches longer than on my SF which is the width I was trying to achieve.

Rizoma grips, pazzo levers and some desmoworld bar ends finished the job off perfectly.

Geoff.
 

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I looked at changing the bars on my FT for either SF bars or rizoma bars but when comparing the bars on my SF I realised that the brake line would interfere with the speedo.

What I did was spend a day playing around with the FT bars and worked out that I could cut an inch and a half off each end and still retain a comfortable position and an uncluttered speedo.

If I'd tried to make the bars any shorter I'd have run out of straight section for the controls but even after removing three inches off the overall length the bars are still another three inches longer than on my SF which is the width I was trying to achieve.

Rizoma grips, pazzo levers and some desmoworld bar ends finished the job off perfectly.

Geoff.
NIce idea Geoff. The thing I really like about the FT bars is that they come pre-drilled for scrambler controls making for a quick swap. Did you have to drill new control holes to squeeze everything in on the shortened bars or did it all work out? I'd love to see pics of the bars and riding position if you could share. :)
 
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