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#1 Unread post by dayll » Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:46 pm

I see these guys all over with handlebars that are so high it's flat comical. Certainly there can be no handling advantage to such a set up. Correct me quick if I'm off base here but it seems these guys are just desperate for people to look at them. "Look over here at me everyone-look, my handlebars are ridiculously high - look - please look at me-please!!!
Nothing wrong with wanting people to look at you I guess but wouldn't it be better for people to look at you on your motorcycle for reasons other than you look like a hard up for attention, hands-in-the-air idiot? I mean, I don't want them made illegal or anything, I kinda like laughing at guys with them. -dayll

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#2 Unread post by HYPERR » Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:51 pm

LOL it's especially comical when they are wearing wife beaters and exposing their hairy armpits to anyone unfortunate enough to be in their way. :laughing:

Same thing with any custom choppers. No human being actually looks good riding it as they all look like super dorks. :LOL2: :banging:
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#3 Unread post by Flesher » Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:44 pm

dayll wrote:... I don't want them made illegal or anything, I kinda like laughing at guys with them. -dayll
Oh but they are illegal, most jurisdictions have on their books a maximum height the bars can rise above the seat when depressed by the weight of the operator. In Ontario I believe it is 38cm (15")

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#4 Unread post by JC Viper » Wed Jul 07, 2010 4:13 am

Here in NY I believe that handlebars cannot be higher than your shoulder when seated yet so many biker bars here are full of Harleys with apehangers. I don't know why apehangers are illegal but I do feel they can ruin the look of a perfectly good cruiser.

I know Harley made the Street Bob with a not so high ape hanger design.
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#5 Unread post by HYPERR » Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:55 am

JC Viper wrote:Here in NY I believe that handlebars cannot be higher than your shoulder when seated yet so many biker bars here are full of Harleys with apehangers. I don't know why apehangers are illegal but I do feel they can ruin the look of a perfectly good cruiser.

I know Harley made the Street Bob with a not so high ape hanger design.
They are illegal because they are almost impossible to turn quickly and are downright dangerous. Lower the bar the better control. That's why race bikes and RR's have clip ons below the triple clamp.
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#6 Unread post by paul246 » Wed Jul 07, 2010 6:21 am

People ride with ape-hangers for a very good reason. Cagers can smell them before they see them. It gives these bikers that extra margin of safety.
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#7 Unread post by JC Viper » Wed Jul 07, 2010 6:33 am

HYPERR wrote:
JC Viper wrote:Here in NY I believe that handlebars cannot be higher than your shoulder when seated yet so many biker bars here are full of Harleys with apehangers. I don't know why apehangers are illegal but I do feel they can ruin the look of a perfectly good cruiser.

I know Harley made the Street Bob with a not so high ape hanger design.
They are illegal because they are almost impossible to turn quickly and are downright dangerous. Lower the bar the better control. That's why race bikes and RR's have clip ons below the triple clamp.
I thought something along those lines but I figured if we can have ill handling SUVs (not a generalization some out there are bad at maneuvering) and choppers then there shouldn't be too much of a problem with ape hangers.
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#8 Unread post by Gummiente » Wed Jul 07, 2010 7:37 am

Like most things these days, ape hangers are a style component from the 60's that have been overdone. The original "choppers", like the ones seen in the movie "Easy Rider", had them... interesting note is that the first sets were made by cutting up a grocery cart and using the rear part of the frame... and they were all about style and nothing about comfort or handling.

They faded away for awhile but are now making a "style" comeback on just about every make and model of cruiser you can think of; I've even seen them on Road Glides and Electra-Glides. I agree that on most bikes they look ridiculous, but then again so do people with baggy pants and hats on backwards. As do those cars with the wagon wheel sized chrome rims. And people with spiky hair and shrapnel embedded all over their faces. And so on.
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#9 Unread post by Triumphgirl » Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:38 pm

To each his own I guess. I have never been a big fan of the apehangers, but hey, if we were all the same who the heck could you laugh/complain about?

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#10 Unread post by ceemes » Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:14 pm

HYPERR wrote:LOL it's especially comical when they are wearing wife beaters and exposing their hairy armpits to anyone unfortunate enough to be in their way. :laughing:

Same thing with any custom choppers. No human being actually looks good riding it as they all look like super dorks. :LOL2: :banging:
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#11 Unread post by RockBottom » Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:12 pm

A guy just moved into my neighborhood who rides around every evening with ape hangers above his head and a 3 or 4 year old kid sitting in front of him. I want to take a baseball bat to him every time I see him.
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#12 Unread post by koji52 » Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:52 pm

my best friend's dad has apes on his roadking...he's more comfortable with his hands in front of his shoulders than the position he was in with the beach comber bars.

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#13 Unread post by storysunfolding » Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:08 pm

I have a friend with lower ape hangers, about 16 inches rise. He says they make his back feel better, even with his drivers back rest and allow him to take long rides still. I borrowed it and ran it through some MSF exercises. I had no issues doing the small box, turn, quick stop or turn.

They look stupid, but I haven't noticed a handling difference at least on the shorter ones.
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#14 Unread post by JC Viper » Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:52 pm

Well Harley's Street Bob has low rise ape hangers, if it made the bike handle poorly I'm sure Harley wouldn't have went with it. I do admit that some choppers do look nice and of course the Easy Rider bikes did look pretty bad A55.
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#15 Unread post by HYPERR » Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:27 pm

:laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

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#16 Unread post by Hondagirl » Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:31 pm

Wow that is crazy high :laughing: He must have no blood left in his finger tips!

Its a huge style thing here in Japan. A lot of teenagers here customize their bikes with ape hangers, lower ones..
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#17 Unread post by HYPERR » Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:43 pm

Hondagirl wrote:
Its a huge style thing here in Japan. A lot of teenagers here customize their bikes with ape hangers, lower ones..
Here it's grown men that do it. :laughing:
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#18 Unread post by paul246 » Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:52 pm

HYPERR wrote::laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

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#19 Unread post by JC Viper » Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:26 pm

I'm surprised that dude didn't fly off his bike. Well, if you can't go to the amusement park the amusement park comes to you.
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