Handle Bar Components
When a biker decides to customize his motorcycle, the handlebar will never be left untouched. It is because this part greatly affects the ride's visual appeal. But more than its contribution to the bike's aesthetics, the handlebar is downright functional. Without it, the rider won't be able to steer accurately and smoothly. It also supports the motorcycle's upper body, housing some important controls for the clutch, the throttle, and the brakes.
If your handlebar is starting to act up and becoming uncomfortable for you to use, it could mean that one or some of the handle bar components are already malfunctioning and may need replacement as soon as possible. But before you head out to look for replacement parts, you should arm yourself first with enough knowledge to help you in making informed decisions. Here are some tips to bear in mind before shopping and while choosing your needed components for the handlebar:
Be familiar with your handlebar's specifications.
Before visiting an online or a brick-and-mortar store, it is wise to familiarize yourself first with your handlebar's configurations and specifications. Take note of the components that allow modifications and those that do not.
Handlebars come in three specifications.rise, width, and pull-back. Rise is the vertical distance from the mounting point to the highest point of grips. The figure can be anywhere up to 20 inches. Handlebar width is the horizontal distance from the tip of one grip to the tip of the other grip. This can range from less than 30 to 37 inches. Pull-back specification, on the other hand, is the distance of the handlebar grips from the mount. The measurement could range from around 4 to 17 inches.
Take note of the measurements you've obtained; you may need them later while you're choosing the handle bar components to purchase.
Get accurate measurements.
Besides specifications, there are other handlebar measurements that you should get accurately. Among them are the center width, which can be obtained by measuring the bottom flat area of the handlebar, and the center spacing, which is the distance in between the risers located on the flat, bottom part of the handlebar. If the handlebar is outfitted with fat or bigger-than-usual bars, you might as well get the diameter of these bars.
Determine the type of handlebar your bike comes equipped with.
Motorcycle handlebars are offered in many different types, and one type may include handle bar components that other types don't. This is why it is important that you know the kind of handlebar your bike is equipped with. If you are unsure, you'd better consult your manual. The different types of handlebars are cruisers, ape hangers, Z-bars, beach bars, clip-ons, drag bars, clubman bars, buckhorn handlebars, and motocross handlebars.
Choose your needed handle bar components wisely.
When you said wisely, that means you should never compromise quality for affordability. But this doesn't mean that the best handle bar components are the most expensive ones. You have to look into the quality of the components first as well as the materials from which they are made of. Make sure that the components you'll get are tough enough to withstand the rigors of daily driving. Since the parts of the handlebar are usually exposed, the components you should get must also be resistant to rust, UV rays, heat, and corrosion.
Shopping intelligently also means double checking the handle bar components for compatibility with other motorcycle and handlebar parts. Incompatible parts could spell disaster, so you'd better make sure that the ones you'll purchase will work well with the rest of the motorcycle components.
You should also consider product warranty. The warranty coverage can help determine how long the product will last. So when choosing, you'd better go for one with better coverage.