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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-28-2014, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Handlebar cable slack question?

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I'm thinking about replacing my OEM bars on my 2009 Nomad with a set that has a little more rise and not as much pull back and maybe a bit narrower for my riding style. I'm looking at the Baron's 1 inch Even Flow Bars which are 32" wide, 11" tall and 9" pullback. When I look at the OEM measurements of 35" wide, 8" tall and 15" pullback, I'm wondering if there is enough slack in the OEM cables to accept the new bar measurements. Anybody know how much slack there is in the handlebar controls cables?

Here is a link to the bars that I'm considering for reference:
http://www.westendmotorsports.com/ba...h-p-24725.html

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Cant say for sure, but am thinking you should be ok. You should gain a couple inches from the thinner width and less pull back to compensate for the hight difference. Many have used taller risers, by a couple inches, with stock cables. You may need to reroute them though.

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Thanks Rick, after looking at more pictures of the bars on a different bike, not sure if that's the way I want to go. I may just look into going with a 2 inch riser that is just straight up and no pull back to put with the stock bars to see how that works. I had a guy suggest that to me instead of replacing the bars first to see how that works. Now if I could only find a source for them.

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Most any online store that sells bike part. Would advoid SkootWorks though at all cost. Just type in "risers" and you should get pages of results. Dont worry if they say they are for a specific bike, the main thing is the bar size, as long as the risers are seperated, not both sides together. You may also try just rotating your bars up/forward some.


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That was the first thing I did, rotated them as far forward as I can to the point that they almost, not quiet, but almost touch the windshield. It helped a little but still not exactly where I want it. I'm still thinking about the bars, just not sure if risers are going to give me what I'm looking for. I'm going to look at Flanders bars as well, maybe they'll have something more inline with what I am looking for. There must not be too many riders swapping out the stock bars on this bike. I've always been told that I was an odd one.

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I'd recommend Joe "Chuckster" Norris' risers. I have a set of his on my Voyager, and they're very well made, and excellent value.

Send him an email through his website http://www.chucksterscustoms.com/ to tell him what you're after, and I'm sure he'll help find you a solution. Not everything he can do is shown in the product line.

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Thanks for the suggestion. I talked with Chuck tonight and have a set of risers on the way so hopefully this will take care of the handlebar position I am seeking. Thanks again,

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