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Vulcan 2000 CLT riders, can anyone offer their experience with and suggestion concerning risers and/or handlebars? For my body size I only need 2-3" rise and 2" pullback to get the neck and back relief I need to ride. I have a 2008 Vulcan 2000 CLT that has been great ride. I’d like to make it just a bit more relaxing during those long rides. I appreciate any feedback from fellow riders. Thanks, Old Bagger.
 

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I hated the stock bars so I changed them. I tried everything I could think of to make the stock bars comfortable but ended up punting them. There is a thread about the process on here.
 

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Risers are the Quik n dirty way to get up n bak. Stok bars are fugly honkers. Cheap risers are hunerd bux so are cheap 1" bars. So cost are same. Lest you get some NICE fatty Inch.Quarter hefty bars and lace yor wires in em. Then you get the good stuff. Looks, fit, feel, comfy. Gonna set you bak 2 C notes. poncho
 

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The bars are perfect for me. The seat is what I hate. It's awful. :( JJ
jj, maybe you should consider a SEAT RISER for your seat? take the stock seat off and put a layer of soft foam cushion under it and then reinstall the seat on top of this new floaty foam.. or just spend the dough and get a better one?
 

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The bars are perfect for me.
The seat is what I hate. It's awful. :(

JJ
It's the whole package for me. It's the only gripe I have. The bars make my wrists sit at a weird angle that kills them and the seat puts my bum to sleep in 50 miles. The wrists are most likely just me (or my fault, really) as I have nerve damage in my throttle hand. The angle makes it act up. I just need something that doesn't curve back so much.
 

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I went the Phat11 risers as well ,and the Mustang seat. But something was still not right, it was the bars, couldn't get them right for me. I had my 900 sitting beside it and I like the bars on that so I thought "why not" I put the 900 bars on the 2000 and they fit perfectly and the 900 now has 2000 bars and will be great for whoever buys it.
The 900 bars on the 2000 worked out great for me and the bike is now perfect. I think they look better as well. Suits the style of bike better.
 

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Got any pictures for comparison?
 

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wow, I can't see the difference at all... If they ride better, that's all that matters.
 

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I've got phat II's and original bars.
They fit me real well. 5'8" tall so i'm not vertically challenged. I did have to move the clutch cable to behind the triple tree and run it over one of the brackets down low. Its snug but its been fine for 36K.
 

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wow, I can't see the difference at all... If they ride better, that's all that matters.
Maybe I said that wrong. The first 2 are before and the last 2 are after.
They are quite different in shape, I guess photos are hard to tell sometimes.
The wrist angle is why I like the 900 bars, it just suits me better.
 

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I've got phat II's and original bars.
They fit me real well. 5'8" tall so i'm not vertically challenged. I did have to move the clutch cable to behind the triple tree and run it over one of the brackets down low. Its snug but its been fine for 36K.
You are in my height range. I might have to give these a try.

Maybe I said that wrong. The first 2 are before and the last 2 are after.
They are quite different in shape, I guess photos are hard to tell sometimes.
The wrist angle is why I like the 900 bars, it just suits me better.
I know what you're saying. I think the pictures don't do it justice. If it works for you, then that's all that matters. I don't have an extra set of 900 bars.
 

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I went the Phat11 risers as well ,and the Mustang seat. But something was still not right, it was the bars, couldn't get them right for me. I had my 900 sitting beside it and I like the bars on that so I thought "why not" I put the 900 bars on the 2000 and they fit perfectly and the 900 now has 2000 bars and will be great for whoever buys it.
The 900 bars on the 2000 worked out great for me and the bike is now perfect. I think they look better as well. Suits the style of bike better.
Speaking of swapping out handlebars, I recently bought a used 2004 Vulcan 2000 and the previous owner did a ton of custom work to it. Being that I'm only familiar with sport bikes prior to my Vulcan, it appears to me as if the previous owner swapped out the VN2000 handlebars. They don't look like the ones in the stock photos online...
Did he put on VN900 handlebars?

I'm 6 feet tall, but I still have to lean forward a moderate amount for these bars. If I wanted risers, would I get them for the VN900 if that's the bars he used?

Again, sorry, this is my first cruiser and I'm not used to all this part swapping.

Sorry if this pic isn't great. I can try to get another one tomorrow.
 

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You would probably still have to lean forward a bit even with risers on those bars.
They do look like 900 custom bars, they are definitely not stock 2000 bars. You could just get some straight risers/spacers but that would only take them up higher and back a fraction. If you go different handlebars you would need Phat11 risers or similar that clear the speedo housing on full lock, a lot of risers hit the speedo housing on the 2000s.
 

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Speaking of swapping out handlebars, I recently bought a used 2004 Vulcan 2000 and the previous owner did a ton of custom work to it. Being that I'm only familiar with sport bikes prior to my Vulcan, it appears to me as if the previous owner swapped out the VN2000 handlebars. They don't look like the ones in the stock photos online...
Did he put on VN900 handlebars?

I'm 6 feet tall, but I still have to lean forward a moderate amount for these bars. If I wanted risers, would I get them for the VN900 if that's the bars he used?

Again, sorry, this is my first cruiser and I'm not used to all this part swapping.

Sorry if this pic isn't great. I can try to get another one tomorrow.
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Could we get a shot of the nacelle cover and the bars on your bike?

In order for your bars to have the "built on" risers, the previous owner must have cut/modified the nacelle cover, yes?

The picture below is from when I had the stock bars still on the bike (although I'd already drilled em and hidden the wires).

Notice how the "unmodified" nacelle covers the entire triple tree "area" and actually wraps over the handle bars.



Back in the spring of this year, I put on some 8-inch mini apes from Flanders. They are thicker bars than stock, so I had to get some small risers. I'm really wanting to say they were 1.5 inches tall. And that was the limit to what I could fit under that nacelle cover.

The risers had NO angle or bend to them. They would not have fit inside that cover if they did.



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Now, if your cover has been modified, you have an entire different option of bars you could use. You still could not fit "tall" risers under that cover, but there are a TON of bars in the same style as you have.. with built in risers.

Would be more expensive than just risers. And you would have to re-run your wires.. but the end result would be nice.

(I'd have loved to have been able to put bars like YOURS on my bike. That would have looked sweet.)

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Speaking of swapping out handlebars, Did he put on VN900 handlebars?
bn, no those are NOT kaw 900 bars, similar but not. they ARE 1.5" fatty TT bars with tapered 1" grips, similar to these Punishers I recently put on my v2k. They are perfect for me, am not too tall like you. poncho
 

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