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I have bent handlebars a few times.

At first, I thought I should buy cheap bars if I intend to keep bending them. The problem is that, the ones I am buying mus be made of warm butter.

After going through 4 sets, I am wondering if more expensive ones would not have broken and actually been cheaper.

What I do know: not too horrible of crashes bend the Moose steel bars easily.

Will something like the MSR motion bar kit hold up significantly better, or will I just break a more expensive set. It would be nice to break something on me before breaking/bending my bars.

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Steel bars bend very easy, don't waste your time with them. If you want something that will hold up, get Renthal Twin walls, Renthal fatbars, or Pro Taper evo bars.

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i second those renthal bars, i have the fatbars on both my yamahas, ill taken quite a few spills on the bars and they havent bent

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Cheap steel bars do bend really easily. the twinwalls are stronger, but if you crash a lot and are in the learning stages you may want to stick with the cheap steel bars until you are crashing less often. Twinwalls will still bend in a decent crash and will just be more expensive to replace. That being said, I have the twinwalls and like them. I have bent a few pair, but not nearly as ofted as when I had stock style steel bars.

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I guess am asking if anyone has tried those MSR motion bars. I am trying to figure out if they are the best or worst of both worlds. If they break half as often as I bend the steel ones, I could at least break even.

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Try a set of sunline osx bars. They can be had for around $50 New on ebay. They are cheaper then the renthals and they are also the same company that owns pro taper I believe.

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It would be nice to break something on me before breaking/bending my bars.

Grasshoppa! Be careful what you ask for, you might just get it!:thumbsup:

Protaper EVO's...In a pinch, you can even use them as a wedge to split firewood...

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what WOODS-RIDER said... I bought 3 bikes since Aug 09 and have bent all of the steel bars. Not big deal, propane tourch, a vice, piece of pipe and a tape measure and a level. They come back nicely. I have found that I am learning to use less front brake than I use on my FZ1 and I stay up alot more. I too will soon but sum fansy pants bars.

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I guess am asking if anyone has tried those MSR motion bars. I am trying to figure out if they are the best or worst of both worlds. If they break half as often as I bend the steel ones, I could at least break even.

Don't bother with them... The TAG bar 7/8" are good for the money

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Put it this way, I think i have only ever HEARD of two sets of Pro tapers or Renthal 1 1/8 bars bend. One was on thumpertalk by some random guy that had a ridiculously high speed crash and the other was in the Baja 1000 at a super high speed crash by the Kawi Team.

I have personally seen bikes do like 10 flips end over end and have everything but the bars destroyed. Spend the 60-90 bucks and get some 1 1/8 diameter pro tapers or renthals. You will most likely never have to buy bars again.

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I use Pro Taper Contours. I've tweaked one pair I think but it was a 5th gear get-off so I think I can chalk that up to my fault.

If i were to get another set, I'd look at the Pro-Taper EVO's if I REALLY don't want them to bend.

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My brother's bike went cart-wheeling this weekend. Subframe bent several inches along with silencer, front brake lever bent real bad, grips torn up, PT EVOs straight as an arrow.

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Thanks, n data on those MSRs, but sounds like PT EVO and I won't have to worry about breaking them.

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