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Best Handlebars for an XR200R?

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I need new bars for my 82 xr200r restore project. There are so many different brands and bends I don't really know where to start. Anybody have a recommendation on which brand and bend style to get?

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Mostly open high speed trails. Not alot of jumps or technical stuff....

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OEM bars have an Enduro bend, they sweep back making seated riding more comfortable, but standing less comfortable and I believe with less control.

 

My fav bars are bars bent for MX riding such as "CR Hi" or "Windham", less sweep than enduro and slightly higher than most others.

 

http://www.renthal.com/shop/mx-products/handlebars/se-handlebars/mx-se-handlebars

 

Renthal aluminum bars are stronger than stock steel bars and half the weight.

 

Some shops/dealers have displays of bars that you can place your hand on to get a feel for different bends.

Edited by Chuck.

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I also like Renthal bars but just put Moose aluminum handle bars on my 1979 since I couldn't find one of theirs that matched closely the stock bar as I wasn't looking to "improve" on the stock bar (in excellent shape so I wanted to save it), just replicate as close as possible with a modern bar that wouldn't bend on the first crash. I used a set of their ATV Race bars since it had the closest to the stock height and bend that I could find. Once I actually ride the '79 XR I may change my mind!

I've been using ATV bars for my vintage bikes since they seem to replicate the vintage OEM bar specifications. Moose info: Part # 0601-1716 7/8 in. 2014 T6 alloy provides high strength yet reduces fatiguing vibration Over sized crossbar for greater strength Crossbar pad included

Dimensions:

Width - 775mm

Height - 120mm

Rise - 95mm

Base - 205mm

Sweep - 68mm

Edited by IAoffroader

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Old thread I know, but figured rather than start new when there's already a thread on the subject, I would just revive this one. 

I've never swapped out the bars on my XR200R, so I don't know what style bar I want to go with. I like the feel of my bike with the stock bars, but would like a little taller bar for better comfort while standing. Does anyone know which bend is closest to the stock bars? 

I might just try the CR high bend since everyone seems to like it. 

Another question. I seem to remember last time I saw the ProTaper bars at Cycle Gear, they had marks to cut them down for a narrower width. Have any of you cut your aftermarket bars down, and if so how much? I guess just like what bars to use,  maybe that all comes down to personal preference huh?

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I use "Bark Busters" on my trail bikes and they add 3/4" to each end of the bars. The first time I installed a set was just before a PNW Enduro and during the event I kept clipping trees. So I removed 3/4" from each end and solved that reason for clipping trees.

Stock bars are Enduro style and have more sweep the MX bars; if you stand a lot get MX bars, if you sit a lot Enduro bends are OK.

I like, and have used, Renthal;  CR Hi, RC Hi, and Windham bends.

https://www.renthal.com/shop/index.php?_route_=mx-products/handlebars/se-handlebars/mx-se-handlebars

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Thanks for the input chuck. 

I guess it's just gonna be a trial and error thing. Try them til I find what works best for me. Shitty thing is that can get expensive. 

I do like to sit a lot, but I need to get used to standing. I'm sure that would help me navigate through different areas at times

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Tons of different bars out there. Generally lower bars let you ride a little faster but with less control. Higher bars more control.

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