Dirt Handlebar Buyers Guide
Handlebars serve as one of the most crucial components on your motorcycle. As the main point of contact between you and your bike, having a great set of handlebars is just as important as any other part or mod you can make to your bike. More often than not, the stock set of handlebars that come on your dirt bike or ATV isn't the right bend for you. While OEMs use bars that try and fit the average rider, you are unique! Also, in order to cut costs, most motorcycle manufacturers use lower quality and easily bendable steel or aluminum bars. Here at Motorcycle Superstore, we want to make sure you have a quality set of great fitting and durable handlebars that will last you for many riding seasons.
When it comes to choosing an off road handlebar, there are two trains of thought.
1. Standard 7/8 inch bars
2. Over-sized tapered bars
Your standard 7/8 inch bars are what come stock on a majority of bikes. You don't have to upgrade or replace your existing clamps if your stock bars are 7/8 inch. This makes them the obvious choice for many. Brands like Renthal, Pro Taper and Tag make great 7/8 inch handlebars that will resist bending in an event of a crash, decrease vibration and ultimately feel more comfortable.
Introduced around the year 2000, the over-sized or "fat bars" are relatively new to motorcycles; however, they have taken over as the pick for serious and professional racers. The over-sized bar is 1 1/8 inches in the middle and tapered at the ends to fit your current components, like levers and throttles. With the added thickness, these bars are very hard to bend and more durable. Some bars may come with a cross bar and others may not. At the end of the day, it comes down to rider preference. Bars without a crossbar will allow the bar to flex more and provide a more forgiving ride. Bars with the crossbar will give you a more precise and ridged feel. Due to the extra thickness, standard clamps will NOT fit, and will require new 1 1/8 inch clamps.
Check out this measurement guide to understand which bar bend will suit your needs.
Street Bike and Cruiser Handlebars
Aftermarket motorcycle handlebars are the perfect way to customize and personalize your bike. While adding comfort and better ergonomics, our selection of street bike and cruiser handlebars will also add some serious style.
For the sport bike rider and racer, check our wide variety of clip-on handlebars from major brands like PSR, Renthal, Vortex, and more. These set of bars will provide more stability, comfort and control while you're flying down the streets or the race track. You'll also find a ton of bars with unique bends great for even vintage cafe racers.
For those who want to take on the open highway, we offer a huge selection of ape hangers, clubman handlebars and other custom looking cruiser and Harley motorcycle bars. We always have the best prices on your favorite brands like Roland Sands Designs, Biltwell, Emgo, Drag Specialties and many more.
Want to find the right motorcycle handlebar for your bike? Use our bike finder to see what fits your machine.
As always, feel free to live chat with an expert if you have any questions about what handle bar is right for, or how to order.