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stock bars on my 08 450 sxf seem to be a little too straight for my liking, i mostly ride woods and have been experiencing a lot of arm pump fairly quickly. trying to find a set of new bars with a better feel. anyone have any recommendations? do the woods hi bars really have a significant difference? had carmichaels on my yz 125 and loved them. but then again thats like comparing apples to oranges..

bar specs in link:

http://www.powersportparts.net/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=TR02-2891

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stock bars on my 08 450 sxf seem to be a little too straight for my liking, i mostly ride woods and have been experiencing a lot of arm pump fairly quickly. trying to find a set of new bars with a better feel. anyone have any recommendations? do the woods hi bars really have a significant difference? had carmichaels on my yz 125 and loved them. but then again thats like comparing apples to oranges..

bar specs in link:

http://www.powersportparts.net/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=TR02-2891

Most of the reviews comment that the KTM bend bars are a bit low/flat for the average person and recommend going with the Windham bend (Renthal 603, 12mm higher I belive). Not sure how tall you are but that seems to be a good option. There's also a 19mm higher bar (Renthal 604) that may work for you.

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Most of the reviews comment that the KTM bend bars are a bit low/flat for the average person and recommend going with the Windham bend (Renthal 603, 12mm higher I belive). Not sure how tall you are but that seems to be a good option. There's also a 19mm higher bar (Renthal 604) that may work for you.

i'm 5'11". higher the bar, better for the woods?

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I went with the Twinwall 994 (608 Fatbar) and definately liked the feel of the higher bar. The sweep on it is 38mm- very flat bar in comparison to the 55-57mm range most bars come in for sweep. However my wrists just suck and I was told by an orthopedic surgeon you want more sweep in the bar to go with the hands natural position. Can anyone comment on this?

I am thinking of going back to the Windham bend.....and certainly back to a fat bar. Twinwalls are far too stiff for me after swingin chainsaws for the last 17 years.

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My favorite bars for woods riding are the 1-1/8" ProTaper Contour bars in the Windham RM-Mid bend. They just feel perfect when riding through the tight, technical terrain while standing a lot. But they still feel good when riding while sitting as well.

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I am thinking of going back to the Windham bend.....and certainly back to a fat bar. Twinwalls are far too stiff for me after swingin chainsaws for the last 17 years.

I'm running a Windham Twinwall without the crossbar on it and it feels pretty good - had the 604 Fatbars for quite some time before, but lately had my wrists hurting more than I liked (sic!). Had both wrists injured over the years and now it starts to show. Having said that I decided to give the Nekken bar which comes stock on the 2012 EXC bikes (KTM part#7800200100017) a try on my other bike (Twinwall 350/Nekken 300) and was pleasantly surprised. This Nekken has a little more sweep (somewhere between 40-42mm), but is still rather flat, feels very comfortable AND gives me great control offroad.

You may want to take a look at http://forum.lc8.info//files/attachments/lenkerliste_ktm_24.09.2009_469.pdf. Be careful though, all the KTM measurements are from the outside diamterers (bottom 28mm, top 22mm) so you have to subtract 25mm ((28+22)/2) to get comparable numbers. For the U* part#s (bottom of page) the numbers are correct (to compare) already.

Also keep in my that all those #s are only valid in the middle position and will change considerably with even small movements either back or forth depending on the bar bend.

Michael

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Thanks Michael! Excellent info as usual! I will look into the Neken bar. Like with anything else there is a sweet spot that we have to find as we get older and our wrists start to go a little. I will also give the twinwall minus crossbar a try. I am wondering if this is more a flex issue or sweep issue for me. More testing:ride:

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went with the woods high bend, i'll report back after a ride or two..

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