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#1:  Cheap ape hangers? (Solved) Author: ExHempKnight Post Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:54 pm

Been wanting to put 12" apes on my '06 Virago 250... I think they'll be more comfortable for me, and look awesome to boot.

I've been eyeballing these: Flanders Bars

However, a random google search brought these to my attention: Cheap apes

Now, I realize the second ones are for a bicycle. But they are the proper diameter, and the height I'm looking for. They're 2" narrower than the stock buckhorns, but I don't see that as a big deal.

My question is: Is this a viable solution? The higher cost of the Flanders bars isn't a problem, but if I can spend 1/10 the price for the same basic thing, why not?

Any(helpful) input would be greatly appreciated.


Last edited by ExHempKnight on Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:09 pm; edited 1 time in total

#2:   Author: grazingazer Post Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:59 pm

bicycle handlebars are knurled in the middle...motorcycle handlebars are knurled at the risers...the knurling keeps the bars from slipping by providing friction not afforded by a bicycle handlebar on a motorcycle

#3:   Author: ExHempKnight Post Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:05 pm

Hadn't thought of that.

Easily solved... I can knurl them further with minimal effort, and the knurling that would show between the risers is aesthetically irrelevant to me.

#4:   Author: grazingazer Post Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:09 pm

caveat emptor

#5:   Author: ExHempKnight Post Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:18 pm

Indeed. Thus I am seeking the opinions of those like yourself, who are more familiar with things like this than I am.

#6:   Author: Sixties_Strat Post Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:36 pm

I doubt the bicycle tubing is heavy enough.

#7:   Author: coalstoves Post Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:31 pm

I bet I could bend them in half with no tools or special tricks, don't think I'd want them, somewhere theres prolly a rule or two about tubing wall thickness .

#8:   Author: ExHempKnight Post Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:07 pm

Yeah... I thought wall thickness might be the monkey in the wrench.

Oh well... Thought it was worth looking into. Looks like the Flanders bars are where it's at. Thanks all.

#9:   Author: grazingazer Post Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:10 pm

flanders has been around longer than you have...they make a good bar

#10:   Author: Munkeyboy Post Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:29 am

ExHempKnight wrote (View Post): Yeah... I thought wall thickness might be the monkey in the wrench.

Oh well... Thought it was worth looking into. Looks like the Flanders bars are where it's at. Thanks all.


I'm thinking of getting some cheap $24 10 inch z bars from here (bottom item):

http://www.britishonly.com/estore/categories/custom/handlebars.asp?whichpage=2&pagesize=5

The have them in 12 inch, but not sure if they have the classic apes or not. Not the best web site and I'm sure they are cheap chinese parts. If nothing else, they're good for mockups. Although I really might spend the cash later and get these (post #2) if he still does them: http://www.jockeyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=40033

#11:   Author: Sdwndr2 Post Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 6:20 pm

Check out dime city cycles...they have 12" apes for under 50 bucks, and theyre an awesome company to work with

#12:   Author: pondwater Post Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:29 am

Ebay has supplied me with lots of cheap parts for all my bikes.

#13:  Re: Cheap ape hangers? (Solved) Author: pondwater Post Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:34 am

Just one of many ebay finds-Of course it did not look nearly this pretty-enter grinder body work and paint by me.


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