Bent Handlebars ?

Juggler01

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Has anyone else experienced moved handlebars .. ? I went down at 600 miles but only noticed the offset bars at 4000 miles so not sure its related to that fall. Someone said it could just need the mounts loosening, push it back and retighten the mounts - I thought the bars were bent but maybe not !
 

RItwin

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Has anyone else experienced moved handlebars .. ? I went down at 600 miles but only noticed the offset bars at 4000 miles so not sure its related to that fall. Someone said it could just need the mounts loosening, push it back and retighten the mounts - I thought the bars were bent but maybe not !
I went down in dirt at about 30mph around 2000 miles handle bars don't look bent but my right arm has been shorter than my left ever since....

Seriously though mine is barely noticeable by eye but I can definitely feel that its bent..

Maybe ill just purposely bag on the left to even it out

Keep the rubber side down

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Graves

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It’s pretty hard to bend taper bars, but it can be done. Could also be the forks twisted in the clamps. If the bars are cocked just loosen one of the clamps and bump it back.
 
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RItwin

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It’s pretty hard to bend taper bars, but it can be done. Could also be the forks twisted in the clamps. If the bars are cocked just listen one of the clamps and bump it back.
Oh it can be done... mine are living proof...was going to get new ones or find an aftermarket set but if i squint and try real hard I can ignore it hahahaha

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Black99S

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Before you loosen anything - the risers are rubber mounted.
Depending on what way you need to move the bars, turn the steering to the stop then reef on the bars. Check if they are straight.
If you went the wrong way (it happens) go the other way.
If you went too far then go the the other steering lock and reef them back a bit.
Pretty common.
 
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Graves

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Bend some Pro Tapers on a 250 pound dirt bike, then you’ll know you crashed.

Oh it can be done... mine are living proof...was going to get new ones or find an aftermarket set but if i squint and try real hard I can ignore it hahahaha

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RItwin

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Bend some Pro Tapers on a 250 pound dirt bike, then you’ll know you crashed.
Does my old xt 250 or blaster 200 fourwheeler with bent protapers count hahahah I think my rm250 had bent renthals so not quite the same


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Graves

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That’s why they call them Bendthals. I tried Protapers on my CR500, couldn’t take the vibration so I had to switch to the more flexible softer Renthals.

Does my old xt 250 or blaster 200 fourwheeler with bent protapers count hahahah I think my rm250 had bent renthals so not quite the same


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livingwellcfr

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Before you loosen anything - the risers are rubber mounted.
Depending on what way you need to move the bars, turn the steering to the stop then reef on the bars. Check if they are straight.
If you went the wrong way (it happens) go the other way.
If you went too far then go the the other steering lock and reef them back a bit.
Pretty common.
Yep, I've done this three times now, easy fix.
 

kcmoto

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I took a soil sample last week and bars were out of position bad. Broke the mirror ( new double takes on the way) and thought the bars were bent. I was able to reposition them very easy. They were just crooked in rubber mounts and after a couple of adjustments are now perfect. The oem plastic lever guards actually worked better that I thought they would.
 

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