Selecting a Cafe racer handlebar
When I think of a motorbike, I think of handlebars too. Handlebars either make or break your ride. Experienced riders will tell you, braking and controlling a motorcycle are not functions of the engine but the sole duty of your dedicated handlebar.
Which options are available? How do they differ? Let’s talk about it.
Café builders value and adore the stock
Despite being cool, classic and clean, straight clip-
clubman handle bars
What happens to individuals who find clip-
Some riders find it cheap and easier to take their original handlebars and just flip them upside down. (watch video)
Others turn to either a clubman bar or clip-ons. However, regardless of the barstyle you decide to use; you should be keen to ensure that the steering functionality of the bike is not compromised. Ensure that all wire and cables are properly fitted and routed to avoid pinching their functionality. The bars should be carefully checked for full range of movement. They should not at any given time touch the tank at full turn
You can also give to your bike a classic touch of style, glamour and sophistication by selecting the right mirrors. Without a doubt, you will need some clean rear view mirrors. Many café builders find it appropriate to use bar-end mirrors to keep the profile of their bike low. There is a wide variety of lower clip mount mirrors in the aftermarket today.
Pros and Cons
What exactly are the pros and cons of each option?
Clubman bars are cheap and easy to install. However, on the downside, you will need to loosen up the entire triple tree and slide it down every time you want to lower the front end of your bike without changing the fork springs. Moreover, most handlebars restrict how far you can take it down. You should ensure that you get the same tubing diameter as your current handle bars.
Take that bold step and make a choice. Adjust your bike’s handle bars and enter into a completely new world of comfort, control and of course speed. The choice is yours based on your tastes and preferences.