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Flatter, foreward handlebars?

Has anyone here found handlebars that fit the early model V, that are lower, flatter and more forward, but don't hit the tank at full lock?
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I used Rox 2 " risers with low KTM Renthal Fatbar, about the same height as stock but further forward.
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I used Rox 2 " risers with low KTM Renthal Fatbar, about the same height as stock but further forward.
Were the risers necessary to keep the handlebar or switchgear from hitting the tank when the bars are at full lock? Or just to adapt the larger Fatbar diameter to the V?

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To move the bar forward and to use fatbar, you can stay with a 7/8" bar with a lower rise and still clear the bodywork. You can probably go an inch lower and less pullback. Using what I already had and wanted the bars further forward.
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I use ABM 0330 handlebars which are wider, lower, and straighter (is that even a word?). Clearance to the fairing is okay, but with handguards you will have to make adjustments. On the old model, routing the brake line is a bit awkward.

I'm not sure where to get ABM parts in the US, tho.

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I use ABM 0330 handlebars which are wider, lower, and straighter (is that even a word?). Clearance to the fairing is okay, but with handguards you will have to make adjustments. On the old model, routing the brake line is a bit awkward.

I'm not sure where to get ABM parts in the US, tho.
I don't use handguards, so that's not a concern for me.

Did you end up with a brake line that's longer than you need or ? How did you solve the issue?
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i've got a z1000 top triple tree laying around that lines up perfectly with the versys triple (same top end fork dimensions and placement for key cylinder/handlebar lock). Always thought I'd use it one day but ended up going a different route. It lets you use renthal style handlebar mounts which are significantly shorter than the versys column thing. No idea on clearance with the gas tank, I no longer have a versys gas tank.
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