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Default Handlebars help for wife!!

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Wife is 5’5”
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She loves riding but after about an hour and half her shoulders start burning. She has to lean too far forward. I’ve been looking at Nash, Todd’s, TC Bros, Paughco, etc. She likes the Bourbon bars for looks but I’m not sure how they’ll look or fit her. She wants to sit upright but still have hands a bit low.

I have some 14” narrow bottom apes we tried out and pullback is too much, angles her wrist too much. So we’re thinking 3”-5” pullback which happens to be hard to find. Oh, and 14” rise is way too much. 8”-10” rise we’re thinking would be good maybe.

I’ve just spent 2+ weeks digging through the posts and picture threads here, and google search and can’t find the right fit. Most pictures are the bikes themselves and when riders are on the bike it’s forward or rearward angles.

Any help so I can buy once cry once will be greatly appreciated. Trying to find pics of similar riders with bars that put them in an upright relaxed position, AND what those bars are!
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Biltwell Chumps would be close to what you're looking for.
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I have Biltwell Chumps on my 2011 and stock bars on my 2014 SuperLow. They each have similar rise but the hand and wrist position is different.



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Offset risers might be an option.
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Don't remove too much pullback either. I have a set of Z-bars that are too straight and they bother my wrists too. I think they are 4", so maybe the 5" would be best. Note as you position the bars forward and back, that pullback changes and as the grips get closer to alignment with the neck bearings the bike is more twitchy at low speed.
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Have her sit on the bike, with it stood up straight, feet on the pegs & in the position she wants her back. Close her eyes & put her hands out where she wants the grips to be. Then while she holds that position, you get the tape measure & write it all down. The dealers have bars that you can test out in the showroom to get the right wrist angles. Then it just getting the height & pullback right using risers &/or bar combinations. Harley's mini apes (8" rise) on stock Custom pullback risers (about 5" high & 2" pullback) with a 3" spacer underneath that, is what works for me. Puts my wrists at the right angle & just below shoulder high & far enough back that I can lean on my back pack/rest, that sits on the pillion. Just an example of what kind of combination you might think about.
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For comfort and, allowing the hands to be positioned lower to relieve stress on the shoulders, I don't think you can go wrong with mini apes. They're, in my opinion with over fifty years of riding experience, the most naturally comfortable bars out there.
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It depends where your back and shoulders end up.

One great problem in HD's design with the cables is how the levers end up having to rotate upwards as the bars are pulled back.

You might have to find a pull back riser as well as bars.
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Thanks for the input thus far!
The background bike is mine, 12” apes. The controls are directly inline with steering angle putting the hands directly behind the neck angle. Makes steering effortless on the highway and parking lots, even with 48* forks.

With these my hands are right at shoulder height when upright. Lean forward arms slightly bent. Need to stretch back? Lean back! Only issue is I wish they were 5” pullback instead of 7.5”!

It’s just difficult to measure for a bar when you’re measuring at 90* and trying to calculate where the grips will end up!! I have an idea I’m gonna try tomorrow so see if I can combine all the advice and get her measured right.

Found some photos with stock bars on the 1200 low touring and a 5’3” rider. She looked straight up and comfy, but my wife isn’t sure if it’s the right bars and I agree. She’s 2” taller and different seat.
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