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Old 09-15-2009, 06:30 PM   #1
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Thar Engineering Multi-Position Bars (Beta-Testing Prototype Bars)

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Old 09-15-2009, 09:11 PM   #2
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What would you pay for a Handlebar like this?

Since these are prototypes, and still in the beta-testing phase, what would you think these could sell for, if you were in the market for new bars?

Other bars like this include:

Suburban Machinery: http://www.suburban-machinery.com/hbindex.htm
They sell for $164.95 for the 7/8" bars;

Converti-Bars: http://www.convertibars.com/index.cfm
The base kit sells for $339.95

Renthals, Pro-Tapers, LSL, etc.: Trial and error finding the right one that fits you well
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These Thar-Bars are kinda a mix between Suburban Machinery's and Converti-Bars', but they seem to offer alot more adjustability than either one. Plus they will be stainless steel.
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Pretty neat. I would've never thought to need adjustable bars, but I can think of how I could utilize it now.
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C'mon peeps, I need feedback!

Cool looking? Ugly? Not worth the trouble? Worth it... "If they cost about $___.00, then I'd buy one"? Anything?

Better than the competition? Worse?

I will say the "horns" kinda make it look funny in pics, and I was concerned about that when I first saw the concept, but in real life 3D, they do look kinda cool. They said no problem cutting off as much as you want to suit your needs. They make them long deliberately, so that you can do what you wish. In fact, once you find the perfect position for your ergos, you can cut off the horns right down to the top of the clamp... although that will limit any future options in adjustability.

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I would totally love to have some bars like this. Ride in touring mode to the spot, switch to sport to go hit the twisties, then back to touring to go home. The horns are kinda goofy, but I will take function over looks.
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I would totally love to have some bars like this. Ride in touring mode to the spot, switch to sport to go hit the twisties, then back to touring to go home. The horns are kinda goofy, but I will take function over looks.
Cool. Thanks for the feedback! How much would you be willing to pay for something like this, considering the other options I listed above?
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I would like to get a set of those now, as I really need a set of bars for my 919 and I hate the upright riding position.
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Cool. Thanks for the feedback! How much would you be willing to pay for something like this, considering the other options I listed above?
Just because its not something fancy so much as a little bit more metal. Not more than $200. Preferably around $150 (Thats how much my current bars cost new). No matter how cool they are I can't justify killing the bank for some bars.

I am curious to see if they would even fit on my bike though.
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Just because its not something fancy so much as a little bit more metal. Not more than $200. Preferably around $150 (Thats how much my current bars cost new). No matter how cool they are I can't justify killing the bank for some bars.

I am curious to see if they would even fit on my bike though.
Does your bike have traditional 7/8" bars and clamps? It should fit... or are you more referring to whether they'd fit behind your fairings/windscreen?

I agree with you on the $200 mark. The only thing that kept me from buying Convertibars in the past was their $300+ price tag. I think Thar is trying to get these in at $150 +/-.
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let me know when he produces them how much they will cost, I could use some 7/8" for the ruckus.

the suburban machinery bars may be what i need too.
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Do you want to sell the clubmans?
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Not yet. Someone else is ahead of you on dibs... or rather, right above you (inside joke).
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So, when do you think the Thar bars will be available?
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Good write up Rob. You bringing it out to dinner tonight? I wanna check it out.
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So, when do you think the Thar bars will be available?
Dunno. I'm the Beta-Tester!! So I guess when they need to wait and see how other motorcyclists take to it, along with my feedback from real-life use. I think they're a small operation, and this is the invention of a single man. I'll be giving him feedback over the course of the next few weeks, so I anticipate it will be at least a month or two before he starts building the final version. He definitely needs to put calibration lines on it, and how he does that, I don't know. When the final version comes out in stainless steel, I think he'll have gold.
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Good write up Rob. You bringing it out to dinner tonight? I wanna check it out.
You bet.
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I like the idea of making one size fits all bars. I didn't like the horns at first, but your right, you can cut them off once you figure out where you want them. Saves he trouble of buying multiple bars to get the perfect fit.

Pretty neat idea actually, I give it two thumbs up!
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I meant that it may not fit with the fairings/windscreen. But I would definitely be interested in trying these bars out.
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I meant that it may not fit with the fairings/windscreen. But I would definitely be interested in trying these bars out.
Ahh.. I'm sure they'll fit. The bar ends and horns can be cut down once you've figured out your position I myself will cut off 1" from the horns, and 2" off the bar ends.
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I don't care much for them, either aesthetically or adjustment wise.
IMO the Suburban Machinery bars are nicer and fit most configurations although they're not adjustable.
If you want adjustability, take a good look at the Convertibars, as they offer adjustment in any way you can imagine.
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