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Handle Bar: Renthal vs Pro Taper

After a search for handle bar for Versys, I still couldn't find any concrete recommendation or your experience.

I'd like to have a handle bar replacement:
-7/8 so I dun have to deal with adapter / riser
-similar rise/sweep/width to orginal would be great

At UK forum, Pro Taper SE ATV Lo is suggested for similar rise/sweep, and a bit wider.

Have you changed yours? Any photo? Any other suggestion are ! Thanks~

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I've been riding dirt bikes for a while. Renthal is good, I think Pro Tapers are better. I had some SEs on my old bike and they were good and tough.
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After a search for handle bar for Versys, I still couldn't find any concrete recommendation or your experience.
Why don't you like the OEM's?
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Why don't you like the OEM's?
I'm going after the cosmetic aspect of this handle bar change.

I like grey or black handlebar more than silver of the OEM. Therefore, I need a good looking handle bar (Pro Taper is good!) which have similar rise/height/sweep/width to the OEM to maintain similar geometry. I know it could never be the same, similar will be ok~

Any suggestion?
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Any suggestion?
Paint the OE bars.

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ProTaper ATV Hi's for me... love the change. Slightly taller and wider than stock. Purchased some longer bolts and expanding nuts to add the stock bar-end weights back on after this photo...

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hey West, can we get a pic from the side, to get an idea how much higher they are?

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ProTaper ATV Hi's for me... love the change. Slightly taller and wider than stock. Purchased some longer bolts and expanding nuts to add the stock bar-end weights back on after this photo...

Looks so COOL

It seems that it's higher than the OEM one.

Could we have the picts from either side?
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My V with the ProTapers and modified seat....

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Looks great West! I just ordered Pro Taper SE ATV low's. I'm hoping I made the right move, as the high's look great! Oh well, they're cheap enough to experiment with... that's for sure.

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ProTaper ATV Hi's for me... love the change. Slightly taller and wider than stock. Purchased some longer bolts and expanding nuts to add the stock bar-end weights back on after this photo...

Did you have any problem with cable or brake line length?
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Here are a few shots of the new Tag T2 Metals bars compared to the stock V bars. IMO, it's an entire new ride and I absolutely love the higher, wider, less swept position. It just 'feels' better to me. I have an MX/trails background so this new setup feels much more like a woods bike or dirt setup. Stock sweep is 60 degrees, the Tag T2 Factory bar is 55.

With the Tag's are the Rox Risers. Only difficulty I had was tightening the top 2 hex's on the stem clamp. I put tennis racket wrap and thicker grips. The stocks were too skinny and hard. I like a bit larger grip diameter.

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Nice looking bars. How is the vibration (or lack there of). What is the difference in the rise?

I find that I am cocking my right hand out to de-crease the angle. These might be a long term answer.
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Jerry. Definately less vibes with the aluminum bars, tennis wrap and better grips. The stock bars have a good 2 to 2.5" more rise, but that's what the Rox Risers make up...plus they are infinately adjustable to get you in your preferred riding position.

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Looks great West! I just ordered Pro Taper SE ATV low's. I'm hoping I made the right move, as the high's look great! Oh well, they're cheap enough to experiment with... that's for sure.

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Hi Mack, how's your Lo? similar to the stock?
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Hi Mack, how's your Lo? similar to the stock?
Don't know yet.. hopefully they'll be here tomorrow.

Here's the spec's for SE's: http://www.protaper.com/contents/pro...lebars/se.html
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Don't know yet.. hopefully they'll be here tomorrow.

Here's the spec's for SE's: http://www.protaper.com/contents/pro...lebars/se.html
Did you get them installed ok? Did you have any problems with it?

And hey WEST, can you answer the same question-any trouble fitting the brake or clutch or throttle on? I just bought the ATV Hi's and before I start I'm wondering. Can you also tell me what the size/thread of the longer bolts and expanding nuts you used to put the bar end weights back on?

I had already posted a new thread regarding this today.

Thanks!

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Yup, on and no fitment issues whatsoever.

A bit tedious to get everything in place, but certainly worth the effort.





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Hey Mack, nice job! Nice mirrors, where are those from? And the handguards?

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SHARP Mack! We want to know...mirrors and guards? Zeta's? Front pics?

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