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Old 3rd September 2008
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Been thinking about drag bars.....What do you think it would look like on here? What do I do for a speedo?[IMG][/IMG]
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They're cool, but uncomfortable for me, personally. I bought some 8" risers, though, and trimmed about 4" off of the middle of the drag bar, and now the position is totally comfortable. That really matters to me, 'cause I ride 70 miles a day.
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Same here. Put them on and loved the look - couldn't take the ride.
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This is all a matter of opinion, because what one person is comfortable with the next may not be. You should really try them out on someone else's bike before going through all the trouble and money. My buddy Mike put them on his and after a month put the stock bars back on his superglide.
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i dig the lean forward pos. it is easier on my back and gives me more room. you do have to "reach over" to get to the clutch and brake tho. btw i use a broom stick made of aluminum 34'' wide.
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I had a dragbar, it certainly looks cool but the handling is pain in the a. It gave me shoulder pain for only 15 mins of rides. And Ireeman is right about the clutch and brake, you will feel the clutch heavier than before. Also, it makes the rear passenger feel insecure as you have to bend down towards the tank and the space between you and your passenger is more than normal.

So it's all about your riding style. If you are looking for cornering at high speed and won't do much long distance, go for the drag bar.

If you ride two-up and long distance a lot, DON"T go for the drag bar!
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I have a drag bar with stock risers on my bike and wouldnt trade them for the world.
My wife has a drag bar with 4" pullbacks and she loves them.
My buddy has drags with 4" risers and likes them.
All depends on what feels right to you. Mine cost me $30 I figured if I didn't like them they wearnt nery expencive I could change them back. Thank god I loved them. Because they sure do look good.
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I'm pretty short (5'5") and drag bars can be a little bit of a reach for me. My previous bike had drag bars pointing down, a hack for a clubman look, but I moved to "super bike" bars and haven't been back. I recently bought the superbars from Lick's and put them on my Sportster.

I do not like the look of taller risers. I also do not like T-bars as they give the same visual effect. I like the "rise" of the bike to stop just above the triple tree.

Here are the super bike bars:

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I personally like drag bars and I've usually been quite comfortable with them, I like that forward lean position (I've had drag bars on sporty, dyna and softail). But as others have said, how comfortable they are depends on your size and of course your preferences.

I'd propably put them on 4" straigth risers but I'm not familiar w/ 2007 riser/speedo bracket so I'm not sure if that's applicable.
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Wow! Thanks for all the responses last night. You guys (and Gals) ROCK ! Now, I'm pretty sure that I'll leave the stockers on.....Im only 5' 7 and the reach could be more than I want......And the speedo? What do people do about a speedo with aftmkt risers?
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