Nightster Bars

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by pete malone, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. pete malone

    pete malone Member

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    Has anybody changed the Bars on their Nightster ? I am thinking of either straight drag bars with a Riser or even the Old Fashion curved bars that bend in. I would appreciate any ideas or photos of what you've done.

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  2. pete malone

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    Thanks Hobbit, I might give those a try. That will be mine finished then (honestly).Will post pictures when done.
     
  3. pete malone

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    Any more ideas from anybody ? I might just go for the Mini Apes because they do look good.
     
  4. theklanchXL1200N

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    I put on 4" risers a while back. I ended up putting a tool bag between the speedo and the brow over the headlight.

    I am thinking about switching my bars eventually. I'm not sure what I'll go with definately not drag bars and probably not mini apes. I haven't seen anything that really strikes me yet....

    You are going to have to tweak your brake line or change it to a braided version. I got mine from Dennis Kirk in the black braided line. It is long enough to put on taller bars if I want to. I did have to re-route the wiring slightly, no big deal.

    Completely off the subject, I have to go in the garage and do some wrenching of the miserable variety. I had to replace the clutch in my S-10 pickup, the flywheel is on it's way back from the machine shop and I get to wrestle the darn tranny back into it's home. So I am exactly half way done. My dad and I keep arguing the idea that GM designed the truck to have the tranny removed like this, you know on your back with a trouble light in your garage. He says the engineers design them to be taken apart piece by piece. I beg to differ as it is really tight under that little pickup. Oh well it's been fun father son banter laughing and swearing (mostly swearing) a couple of flesh wounds to this point (slippery mag-lite) but I should be done sometime this evening......... I have a one car garage and my two buddies park their bikes here, so the three bikes have been sitting in the driveway thank goodness no rain, but I woke up this morning and a bird pooped all over the seat of my nightster. I think I'm cutting the tree down every time I park anything under that tree it gets pooped on. Maybe the birds that live in the tree get mad when I wake them up with the bike so they are getting their revenge?!?! :(
     
  5. pete malone

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    I've Bitten the bullet and gone for Mini Apes. I tried them out and they are brilliant. They make the ride much better. I will take some photos this Weekend and post them. Thanks for all the help and suggestions.
     
  6. HD1200NIGHTSTER

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    i used drag bars without risers
     

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  7. pete malone

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    Don't you have to lean too far forward with those ? My Apes are sat back quite a bit and I find them very comfortable.
     
  8. HD1200NIGHTSTER

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    not at all. i went with the mini apes at first, then i got the drags. i sit better with the drags, im 5'9" and still have the mid controls.

    i have a street bob with apes and forward controls and im thinking adout changing them to drags.

    i just like the way they look and feel than the apes. my oem bars on the nightster , my hand where to far apart so i lean to far. but with the new ones my hands ar closer and it keeps my sholders back.
     
  9. pete malone

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    not at all. i went with the mini apes at first, then i got the drags. i sit better with the drags, im 5'9" and still have the mid controls.

    i have a street bob with apes and forward controls and im thinking adout changing them to drags.

    i just like the way they look and feel than the apes. my oem bars on the nightster , my hand where to far apart so i lean to far. but with the new ones my hands ar closer and it keeps my sholders back.



    They do look good but I think they would have me bent double as I have forward controls as well as only being 5'4''
     
  10. HD1200NIGHTSTER

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    i wanted to ask about that springer seat. how is it and did you have to buy or fab a cover for the cut out on the fender?
     
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