Throw Your Hands Up! | 20-inch Ape Hanger Install
Tech | Swap
A friend of ours, JD, had been complaining about the stock bars on his ’06 Road King. The low-slung bars just didn’t fit his preferred riding style and definitely didn’t go with his large 6-foot-2-inch stature. Aside from comfort, looks were a problem too. Even on a Road King, JD’s big size made the bike look small. He was interested in going up in height (20 inch apes) but also wanted to even out the proportion of the bike when he was on it. We suggested that a set of Trask Performance Bro Bars might fit his needs. The bars are not only thicker, 1 1/4-inch O.D., but with thier unique style and shape (appx 13 inches wide across the bottom, 20 inches tall, and just over 41 inches wide from grip to grip) they could help even out the look of the bike. Even though Trask doesn’t offer them in 20-inch sizes (12, 14, 16, and 18-inch heights in chrome or black powdercoat for $400) the company made him a set of 20s-for special sizing, call about availability and price.
Longer throttle/idle and clutch lines from Barnett were also ordered. After doing some research and asking around, it was determined that 10-inch-over-stock-length throttle/idle and clutch lines would fit with the style and dimensions of the Trask Bars. Goodridge was contacted to get a matching-length brake line and since he was going to be swapping bars, a new set of Avon Air Cushioned Grips were ordered as well. The design of the grips allows pockets of air to fill the rubber grip area and helps reduce vibration and fatigue.
This is one of those projects that takes a few hours and is best spent in the company of friends, so once all the parts arrived, some friends were invited over to hang out and help out.
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