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Audace Handlebar thread

Discussion in 'Cal 1400 8V' started by PaulDavies, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. heyzeus

    heyzeus Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I ordered the parts from AF1 in Texas. I called there store to discuss the c-bow bag mounts. They had the part numbers to make it happen. As far as the sissy bar. I found it on AF1 under the California model. I add a couple of thicker washers to the mount under the seat. This pushed it up just enough to clear the fender.

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  2. Terry Asselstine

    Terry Asselstine Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I’m looking at the Audace, 2016. There is a consistent opinion that one has to lean forward to the point that this is not a good distance bike. I’m currently riding a BMW K1300r which I’ve put thousands of k on multi day trips. Yes I have to straighten myself out between filling up with fuel. Using the ergonomic site, the 1300 has a 23 degree forward lean. The Audace has a 6 degree lean with my 6’ 32”. The Eldorado has 0 lean according to that site. I have yet to ride an Audace but am wondering what others have found about this ‘aggressive lean‘. From this site I see the bars were changed in 2017.
    Thanks
     
  3. anmagu

    anmagu Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    Had the audace, now the audace carbon.
    The old handlebar felt more aggressive, sportier, but also uncomfortable to me.

    New one is still more forward than the other 1400s, but feels much better du to the bend.

    I'm 180 cm.
     
  4. PaulDavies

    PaulDavies Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    I started with risers and ended up swapping for the new 2017 bars (still with risers) Part # 2B003940
     
  5. Terry Asselstine

    Terry Asselstine Tuned and Synch'ed

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    thanks for the thread, just what I wanted to know.
     
  6. JTAudace

    JTAudace Just got it firing!

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    Hi Paul, can you give the reference to your fly screen - make and #. Thanks! Jaan
     
  7. Terry Asselstine

    Terry Asselstine Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Just today I put the 2017 handle bars on my 2016 Audace. I’m surprised at the difference. My wrists are in much better alignment with my forearms. With the old bars my wrists were cocked at an angle that led me to want to hold my elbows out from my body. This got the alignment of wrist to forearm more in line. But this position tired my shoulders. With the new bars my wrists and forearms feel totally natural and neutral.
    In the corners counter steering is so much more natural. Riding the rails through the corners. I look forward to riding with friends and their sport bikes to measure the improvement. Overall turning is much improved. I’m not in a long straight arm stretch in low speed turns. I found that stretch limited some of the nuanced adjustment while in a turn. These bars were well worth the price. $350 Canadian.
     
  8. BCarnage

    BCarnage Just got it firing!

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    I know it has been quite awhile I finally got brackets from a touring model and put on some Viking bags. Worked easy as could be. Since the bags I used were a bit smaller than the touring bags I did have to add a short strap to make me comfortable that they were secure. I also had custom bars made, that work awesome. They are 1" at the clamp, 1.25 " majority of the bar, and .75" at the controls. They look like they could be stock. I ran the wires through the bars which really cleaned it up. The touring model throttle cables and some local made hydraulic cables fixed ed the few things I had to extend. Lastly, I added a National Cycles Street Shield and it fit perfectly.

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  9. PaulDavies

    PaulDavies Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    Love those "apes"
     
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  10. moparnut72

    moparnut72 Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    I put a pair of the later bars on my Audace a few days ago. I have only been able to ride it around town due to road conditions. They are a vast improvement. The stock bars were the only thing I really disliked about the bike. I can't wait to get out on the highway for a further evaluation. I am going to have to relocate the throttle cables though. Ran out of time when I was doing it.
    kk
     
  11. Sasazuka

    Sasazuka Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    I did the swap a few weeks back. It feels a lot more comfortable to me and adds more confidence.

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  12. Ken Wantje

    Ken Wantje Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    I would like to do the same, do you have the part # for the newer style handlebars?
     
  13. PaulDavies

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    2B003940
     
  14. Ken Wantje

    Ken Wantje Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    How do you like the new style bars compared to the old ones with the risers? Is it worth the investment?
     
  15. Terry Asselstine

    Terry Asselstine Tuned and Synch'ed

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    The new bars made quite a difference. Doing tight radius turns with the original bars was a stretch, sense of stability was lessened. The new bars made turning less concerned with body contortions. The risers I made for the new bars, which have more pullback than the originals, had my body position leaning too far back. The originals as they are fit me fine. I’m 6’ tall.
     
  16. Ken Wantje

    Ken Wantje Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    I'm 6'4" so reach isn't the problem, it's the angle of my wrist relative to my arm. I've read that the new bars can be had for $180 us but when I priced them at my local dealer he quoted me $285. Im tempted to try and bend the original bars to get the correct angle for my wrist/grips.
     
  17. Moto-Uno

    Moto-Uno Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Let us know how that goes . And should it work , please show us how you did it. Peter
     
  18. PaulDavies

    PaulDavies Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    I tried to bend mine, but you need some heavy duty equipment to hold things in place (the bar is very substantial) and I just didn't have that. Then there's the accuracy and uniformity of the bend for each side in 3 dimensions. I managed to budge one side a little by holding an end in a vice and pulling on the other, but it was never going to be easy and the finished product in my hands would not have loked professional, so I bought the new bars. I think the $285 US might be correct as I paid over $300 CDN for mine, although a lot of water has sailed under that currency conversion bridge and of course supply chain issues seem to be a reason to charge whatever you like these days. Good luck
     
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    Moto-Uno Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Pretty much what I'd expected , I've taken to making my own bars , not for looks ( the original are pretty enough) , it's
    a recent shoulder muscle problem . 1 1/8" and 7/8" tubing is what's needed , I've resorted to cutting and welding notches
    to get what I want , it's slow but it's where I want them to fit me . Plus painting them high gloss black seems to go with the
    Eldorado ! Peter
     
  20. Ken Wantje

    Ken Wantje Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    If these 2" risers are still available in matt black powder coat I am interested. Thanks!
     

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