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what are the benefits to aftermarket bars. i have a 650 and i am just wondering what diffence they make. i think they look cool but think the next investment will be a bigger tank. i am really green when it comes to dirtbikes and am just looking for some opinions

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All depends. If you ride hard offroad with the DR your likely to drop it. I've crashed mine many times. The OE bars bend very easy based on my experience. That's really about it. For my last bar swap I picked a used set of Renthal 7/8" MX bars on ebay for 15 bucks. Everyone seems to want the 1 1/8th so a good used set of 7/8 is relatively cheap.

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Ill add that my ProTapers transmit less vibration than stock. You can also choose your bend/rise/sweep for a personal fit.

And yes, the stockers bend WAY too easy.

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what are the benefits to aftermarket bars. i have a 650 and i am just wondering what diffence they make. i think they look cool but think the next investment will be a bigger tank. i am really green when it comes to dirtbikes and am just looking for some opinions

Many riders find the stock bars are too low for good control while standing on the footpegs.

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Happy shopping:

For those looking at getting replacement handlebars, here's a handy reference...

Factory 909 Bend Width Height Pull Back

CR Low Bend 31.60" 3.10" 2.30"

GP Bend 31.02" 3.66" 2.28"

National Bend 31.90" 3.70" 2.00"

Suzuki OEM Bend 32.04" 3.11" 2.32"

Team Bend 31.60" 3.80" 2.10"

Team Tall Bend 31.60" 4.00" 2.30"

Fly Racing Aluma-Steel Bend Width Height Pull Back

ATV F Bend 29.76" 5.51" 4.05"

CR High Bend 31.34" 3.50" 2.12"

Kawasaki/Suzuki Bend 31.49" 2.79" 2.16"

Mini Bend 29.13" 3.77" 1.65"

Vintage Bend 33.07" 6.77" 3.54"

Yamaha Bend 31.61" 3.62" 2.24"

Longhorn Big Bars Bend Width Height Pull Back

CR Low Bend 32.00" 2.80" 2.68"

KX Bend 32.00" 2.80" 2.36"

Mini Bend 30.00" 3.94" 2.53"

RM Bend 32.00" 3.23" 2.87"

Universal Bend 32.00" 3.39" 2.76"

YZ Bend 32.00" 3.31" 2.95"

MSR Carbon Steel Bend Width Height Pull Back

ATV High Bend 31.50" 6.00" 3.94"

ATV Low Bend 31.00" 4.00" 3.62"

CR High Bend 31.63" 4.50" 3.80"

CR Low Bend 32.13" 3.63" 3.50"

CR Mid Bend 32.25" 4.25" 3.38"

KX High Bend 31.50" 4.25" 3.07"

KX Low Bend 31.88" 3.25" 3.38"

Mini High Bend 28.50" 4.60" 2.36"

Mini Low Bend 28.13" 3.71" 2.36"

RM High Bend 31.88" 3.75" 4.13"

YZ High Bend 32.25" 3.88" 3.75"

YZ Low Bend 31.50" 2.64" 2.76"

MSR Dominator Bend Width Height Pull Back

ATV High Bend 31.50" 6.00" 3.94"

CR High Bend 31.63" 4.50" 3.80"

CR Low Bend 32.13" 3.63" 3.50"

CR Mid Bend 32.25" 4.25" 3.38"

KTM High Bend 32.72" 5.24" 2.14"

KX High Bend 31.50" 4.25" 3.07"

KX Low Bend 31.88" 3.25" 3.38"

Mini High Bend 29.13" 5.88" 3.75"

Mini Low Bend 28.125" 3.71" 2.36"

RM High Bend 31.88" 3.75" 4.13"

YZ High Bend 32.25" 3.88" 3.75"

Moose Steel Bend Width Height Pull Back

ATV High Bend 32.50" 5.00" 3.20"

Pro-Taper Contour Bend Width Height Pull Back

ATV High Bend 31.50" 4.75" 2.17"

ATV Low Bend 31.50" 3.74" 2.37"

ATV Mid Bend 31.50" 4.25" 2.21"

CR High Bend 31.50" 3.74" 2.37"

CR Mid Bend 31.50" 3.23" 2.24"

Carmichael Bend 31.50" 3.00" 2.17"

Factory Suzuki/KTM Bend 31.50" 3.63" 1.85"

Henry/Reed Bend 31.50" 3.62" 2.24"

KX High Bend 31.50" 4.25" 2.21"

Mini High Bend 30.50" 3.74" 2.00"

Mini Low Bend 30.50" 2.80" 1.85"

Pastrana FMX Bend 30.50" 4.75" 2.17"

Pastrana MX/RM Low Bend 31.50" 2.91" 2.17"

Raptor Bend 30.30" 5.64" 3.41"

Universal Low Bend 31.50" 2.80" 2.17"

Windham MX/RM Mid Bend 31.50" 3.90" 2.13"

Woods High Bend 30.50" 3.74" 2.45"

Woods Low Bend 30.50" 2.80" 2.37"

YZ High Bend 31.50" 3.31" 2.00"

Pro-Taper EVO Bend Width Height Pull Back

Carmichael Bend 31.50" 3.0" 2.17"

CR High Bend 31.50" 3.74" 2.45"

Henry/Reed Bend 31.50" 3.62" 2.24"

RM Low Bend 31.50" 2.91" 2.17"

Windham/RM Mid Bend 31.50" 3.90" 2.13"

Woods High Bend 31.50" 3.74" 2.56"

Pro-Taper SE Bend Width Height Pull Back

ATV Low Bend 32.00" 5.50" 3.30"

ATV Mid Bend 32.00" 5.90" 3.00"

ATV High Bend 32.00" 6.30" 3.94"

Carmichael Bend 31.50" 3.00" 2.17"

CR Low Bend 31.50" 2.80" 2.68"

CR Mid Bend 31.50" 3.23" 2.36"

CR High Bend 31.50" 3.74" 2.45"

Factory Suzuki Bend 32.00" 3.63" 1.85"

Henry/Reed Bend 31.50" 3.70" 2.17"

Honda Mini Bend 28.75" 4.60" 1.97"

KTM 50 Bend 25.50" 3.15" 1.75"

KX Low Bend 31.50" 2.80" 2.36"

KX High Bend 32.00" 4.25" 3.07"

Kawasaki Mini Bend 28.75" 3.71" 1.97"

Raptor Bend 30.30" 5.63" 3.41"

RM Low Bend 32.00" 2.91" 2.17"

RM High Bend 31.50" 3.23" 2.87"

School Boy High Bend 28.10" 3.46" 1.77"

School Boy Low Bend 28.10" 3.07" 1.85"

Suzuki Mini Bend 28.75" 4.00" 1.97"

Windham/RM Mid Bend 32.00" 3.90" 2.13"

XR50 Bend 28.50" 6.75" 1.75"

YZ Low Bend 31.50" 2.64" 2.76"

YZ High Bend 31.50" 3.31" 2.95"

Yamaha Mini Bend 28.75" 3.90" 2.28"

Renthal Bar Bend Width Height Pull Back

ATV Honda/Suzuki/Kawaszki Bend 31.10" 5.59" 3.54"

ATV Race (781-01) 31.73" 5.90" 2.95"

Banshee Bend 30.51" 5.90" 3.93"

89-91 CR Bend 31.29" 3.74" 2.44"

CR Bend 31.30" 3.74" 2.44"

CR Mini Bend 29.13" 3.78" 2.68"

CRF 150R Bend 30.7" 5.43" 1.65"

Fourtrax Bend 30.31" 6.30" 3.86"

KTM Mini Racer Bend 25.28" 3.31" 1.73"

KX Bend 31.69" 3.66" 2.17"

KX Mini Bend 26.57" 3.54" 2.68"

KX/RM Mini Bend 28.82" 3.94" 2.48"

LT-R 450 Bend 31.65" 3.50" 3.23"

Mini Carmichael/Allessi Bend 29.13" 4.65" 1.65"

Mini Racer Bend 30.20" 6.06" 2.76"

Raptor 700 Bend 31.10" 5.55" 3.54"

Raptor Bend 30.90" 5.51" 3.94"

96-01 RM Bend 31.49" 2.79" 2.55"

RM Bend 32.05" 3.11" 2.32"

RM Mini Bend 28.94" 3.54" 2.72"

RMZ Bend 31.42" 2.91" 2.28"

Suzuki Quadracer Bend 30.31" 4.72" 3.62"

XR Bend 31.69" 3.43" 2.28"

04-05 YFZ 450 Bend 30.43" 4.33" 3.82"

06 YFZ 450 Bend 30.70" 4.17" 3.46"

YZ Mini Bend 28.74" 4.06" 2.32"

YZ/WR Bend 31.61" 3.62" 2.24"

Renthal Fat Bars Bend Width Height Pull Back

ATV Bend 31.29" 3.74" 2.44"

CR High 31.29" 3.74" 2.44"

Carmichael High Bend 31.57" 4.49" 2.13"

R. Carmichael 31.57" 3.89" 2.12"

J. McGrath 31.61" 3.62" 2.24"

KFX 450R Bend 30.26" 3.78" 2.83"

KTM 03 Bend 31.81" 3.27" 1.40"

KTM 04 Bend 31.80" 3.74" 1.50"

Mini Bend 29.13" 4.65" 1.65"

Universal Low 31.41" 3.15" 2.24"

Renthal Rider Bar Bend Width Height Pull Back

Carmichael/Windham 31.57" 3.90" 2.13"

J. Button-High Bend 31.77" 4.33" 2.63"

McGrath Mini Racer Bend 29.13" 4.53" 2.09"

McGrath/Lusk/Stewart 31.61" 3.62" 2.24"

Renthal Twinwall Bend Width Height Pull Back

CR High Bend 31.29" 3.74" 2.44"

Jeff Emig Bend 31.69" 3.66" 2.16"

Jeremy McGrath Bend 31.69" 3.26" 2.16"

Kevin Windham Bend 31.61" 3.62" 2.24"

Ricky Carmichael Bend 31.57" 3.89" 2.12"

YZ Bend 31.92" 3.34" 1.41"

Spiegler LSL Bend Width Height Pull Back

BMW Bend 29.50" 2.38" 4.50"

Street Bend 32.00" 1.75" 3.50"

Street High Bend 33.50" 3.75" 3.50"

Superbike Bend 30.00" 2.75" 6.00"

Superbike High Bend 31.00" 3.50" 7.12"

Superbike Low Bend 29.00" 2.00" 5.50"

Sport Tourer Bend 26.75" 1.75" 4.38"

Tag T2 Bend Width Height Pull Back

CR Double High Bend 31.69" 4.53" 2.44"

CR High Bend 31.69" 3.43" 2.28"

CR Low Bend 31.30" 3.74" 2.44"

KTM Bend 31.69" 3.90" 2.56"

KX Bend 31.61" 3.35" 2.09"

RM High Bend 31.69" 3.66" 2.17"

YZ Bend 31.61" 3.62" 2.24"

Tag X5 Bend Width Height Pull Back

CR High Bend 31.30" 3.74" 2.44"

CR Low Bend 31.69" 3.42" 2.28"

Fourtrax Bend 31.10" 5.59" 3.35"

KX Bend 31.61" 3.35" 2.09"

RM High Bend 31.69" 3.66" 2.17"

Raptor Bend 30.51" 5.90" 3.35"

YZ Bend 31.61" 3.62" 2.24"

YZ Double High Bend 31.50" 4.50" 2.25"

Z400 Bend 31.10" 5.51" 2.95"

Trail Tech ATV X-Bar Bend Width Height Pull Back

Low Bend 31.10" 3.27" 2.44"

Mid Bend 31.10" 3.74" 2.44"

High Bend 31.10" 4.21" 2.44"

Tusk Chub Big Bar Bend Width Height Pull Back

ATV High Bend 31.5" 4.75" 2.41"

CR High Bend 31.5" 3.75" 2.45"

MX Race Bend 31.6" 2.8" 2.25"

YZ Bend 31.6" 3.5" 2.38"

Tusk T-10 Bend Width Height Pull Back

ATV Sport Model Bend 31.75" 6.25" 3.50"

CR High Bend 32.00" 3.75" 3.00"

CR Low Bend 32.00" 3.25" 3.50"

CR Mid Bend 32.00" 3.50" 2.50"

KX High Bend 32.25" 4.00" 3.00"

KX Low Bend 32.00" 3.50" 3.00"

Mini Hight Bend 29.13" 4.50" 2.75"

Raptor Bend 31.50" 6.25" 4.00"

YZ High Bend 32.00" 3.50" 3.00"

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Wow! What a list......

Looks like it includes all but the high polished chrome 23" apes ........

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I used the 1-1/8" Pro Taper "KX high bend" bars with the Pro Taper 1-1/8" bar mounts on top of 1" aluminum spacers. That raises the bars up to where they should be and has a comfortable bend without having a center bar to get in the way. The stock bars seem way too low. I also used the ProCycle foot pegs that are 1-3/4 inches lower than stock. This not only makes the bike more comfortable on the street but is a must if you ride off road and stand up a lot.

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I like the Fly Vintage Bars. Makes standing on the pegs way comfortable. All our bikes run them.

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