Thank y'all for the inputs. I am planning to get the 7/8 aluminum (T6 alloy) handlebars with the standard size, not low or ultra low. The reason I felt I had to go lower was that my current handlebars are on risers and they were so neatly tucked in that I thought it was an accent in the block. I was also reading about the vibration transfer between steel and aluminum and I hear the steel bar tubular walls are thinner than the aluminum (but still lighter). I agree with twowheels that according to physics the aluminum bar should have more vibration transfer but reading up on other forums it seems like the vibration on aluminum bars in not anything more noticeable than steel, apparently, like you guys mentioned here.
Initially, I wanted to get the 1-1/8" bars but wasn't sure if the barkbusters would fit the tapered bars or not. I talked to barkbusters and they said the BHG-151 should fit most of the regular 7/8 handlebars. They do have one model for the tapered handlebars but I think I'll need other adapters and wasn't keen on investing more time on researching about this.
So my setup is going to be 7/8 aluminum standard height bars (if these are too short, I'll use the raiser, if not I'll get rid of it), Barkbusters storm BHG-151 and oxford heated grips.
I am also getting new tires. I hope my ride feels better after these. The current tires have decent tread but are hard. These are stock tires that came with the bike, with 5K miles on them.
Thanks again guys, for all your input. Helped me a lot.
Last edited by nimblerr; 09-13-2017 at 02:22 AM.