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Hi all; Since it is so cold here with not much riding, I decided to try and figure out what bars to put on my RK Classic. Some background music please. :corn: So, I am 5'9" and putting the Corbin Solo on (with seat modifcation for vertically challeneged me). The stock bars are OK, but ideally I would like a couple more inches pull back and maybe an inch lower, but not too low. Want comfort highway ride, but also must be able to handle well at low speed. I have been looking at the RK Custom bars, Wild One's 508, 517 and 518. Does anyone know how the RK Custom and the 508's compare. I can't seem to figure that out. Anyone who has changed bars and are about my size, please assist. Your guidance will be appreciated.
 

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Hi all; Since it is so cold here with not much riding, I decided to try and figure out what bars to put on my RK Classic. Some background music please. :corn: So, I am 5'9" and putting the Corbin Solo on (with seat modifcation for vertically challeneged me). The stock bars are OK, but ideally I would like a couple more inches pull back and maybe an inch lower, but not too low. Want comfort highway ride, but also must be able to handle well at low speed. I have been looking at the RK Custom bars, Wild One's 508, 517 and 518. Does anyone know how the RK Custom and the 508's compare. I can't seem to figure that out. Anyone who has changed bars and are about my size, please assist. Your guidance will be appreciated.
Sorry, I thought you were talking about the other kind of Bars.:beer4u:
 

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I am 5' 8" and I had the RK Custom bars put on my RK Classic. they do pull back a bit more, but not quite enough apparently. I still get that sharp pain at the base of my neck. I think I am going to try the HD "reduced reach" handlebars next. Unless this thread points me in another direction.

YB
 

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I went with HD Road King reduced reach bars on my RK Classic when I switched to a Corbin Dual Tour Seat. The literature says they move the grips back about 3 inches but this can be much more or less depending on how far forward or aft you rotate the bars when you install them. The reduced reach bars have much better chrome than the stock ones and they hide the wiring inside the bars. On the down side, you have to buy a harness extender to make the wires long enough. The up side is they maintain about the same width and wrist angle as the stock bars and they provide a lot of versatility in positioning the grips fore and aft. I didn't notice any change in handling at all. After 17,000 miles I still haven't considered changing them...
 

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I've got the reduced reach bars on my RK standard. I love em. After I switched to the Corbin Solo I found myself leaning forward to grab the bars. After I replaced them with the reduced reach I sit upright and can lean back if need be.
 

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great news on the reduced reach bars. I was considering them for my RKC as well but was unsure. After the posts here, probably just what I am looking for. It does suck to have to purchase the extender for another 50 bucks, but that is ok. I shelled out quite a bit for the Carlinis on my Lowrider. Not wanting to go that route again.
Randy
 

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These are the 518's. I am concerned that they are too tall for me. Are you over 5'10"?
:chopper: Well actually I run the Cubby's "Knuckle" bars. Not sure of the p/n. I am 6'4" tall and with the Lepera Silhouette Solo seat that I had redone byhttp://www.woodstockcustomleather.com/ I stretch out just perfect! They cut out about 2" out of the seat where my tailbone hits and installed gel. Super comfortable!!!:banana:
 
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