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T160 – Flatter bars

Home Forums Main Forum T160 – Flatter bars

This topic contains 8 replies, has 5 voices, and was last updated by  Pete Esser 3 days, 10 hours ago.

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  • #6532
    Al Walker
    Al Walker
    Participant

    Hi.

    Was wondering if any members have fitted flatter style bars to the t160?

    I like this look a lot (attached pic)  and wondering how the riding position would be… (depends a bit on rider height I guess). I guess the cables would need adjusting and brake piston might get close to the dials?

    Would appreciate some pics and feedback if anyone has experience of going flatter than semi western bars.

    cheers, al

  • #6534

    nigel wheatley
    Participant

    i’ve always used the lower flatter bars, there’s the standard triumph shape with a small rise or bsa A10 patterns with simlar rise but less pullback or the norton straights. Any of these are great and enough to tuck out of the wind on open roads & m-ways

    The only problem with flatter bars is that it accentuates the problem with the forward mounted footrests. You really need to set the footrests back 2 or 3 inches at least.

    Swapping the bars over is cheap & simple (especially if you have teh wider USa bars as you can use the existing cables etc. But changin gthe fottrest position gets expensive (or very  complicated if you try it yourself) as you can see fomr teh LP williams or norman hyde pricelists

  • #6535

    Richard Hunt
    Participant

    Hi I always put flat bars on my bikes I find it moor comfortable being prone into the wind and the balance better in traffic. I find the footrests ok just ride with your toes on them, it’s better for getting your bum off the saddle and scraping your knees round corners as well. In a good riding position you should be able to balance you weight on the foot pegs without straining on the bars, flat bars help move your weight forward and should give a better balance. I would go for it and see how you get on with the foot pegs.

  • #6537
    Al Walker
    Al Walker
    Participant

    Hi guys, sounds good.

    Yeah I’m keen on trying it out…

    So if the bike had “western bars” as factory.. would the cables need changing to go flattish ?

    I’m used to riding Ducati” sport-bikes so I think the position won’t be an issue comfort wise.

    Do you have a bar rise height or links to the bars you use?

    photos of your bikes?

    Thanks, al

  • #6545
    Don Gray
    Don Gray
    Participant

    Hi Al

    I know you’ve a T160, but I’ve been using  Norton commando UK bars on my T150V for a while now which are pretty good…provided the hoses etc clear the instrument binnacle on the 160…. If I’m totally honest a bit more of an angle down where the grips go would’ve been even nicer for me! But as I opted for stainless…gonna live with em for a bit!

     

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  • #6547
    Don Gray
    Don Gray
    Participant

    Here’s a better shot for you!

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    • #6549
      Al Walker
      Al Walker
      Participant

      HI Don, thanks very much for the pics, its very  helpful to see. Beautiful bikes!
      There seem to be heaps of 7/8 bars on the market so Ill do some measurements and might take a punt. I want to keep them fairly wide I think.. at least 27-30 inch if possible.
      On the t160 I want to try and keep the grips at a low clock level, so there would only be an inch or so rise in the bar if that I guess..

  • #6551
    Don Gray
    Don Gray
    Participant

    Hi Al

    Yeah, to be honest something wider is useful I reckon for more leverage.  Good luck finding the bars you like. The standard BSA / Triumph western bars of the era are horrible in my humble opinion…you end up with your wrists strangely  turned in , which I cant blinkin stand! I’ve seen pics of various owners bikes that I’ve liked the look of & I believe they could be early T150 export bars…wider, but not too much rise. Below should be a pic of my bike when I experimented with higher bars for comfort – they’re export Rocket3 bars for ref, which were a bit too high for my liking – although the width was about right. I then fitted the Norton bars I have now.

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  • #6621

    Pete Esser
    Participant

    I have an original pair of UK spec bars  97-4583 off my T160 going if you  want to do a swap for the semi-western bars? I assume you are talking about the older/wider bars off earlier bikes and not 97-4651. I have to use higher bars due to a shoulder/back issue; my problem was the opposite of yours, as the clutch/throttle cables are shorter on the UK spec model. Regards, Pete

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