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Chas­sis De­sign’s Han­dle­bars on our Franken­stein Road King

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Chas­sis De­sign’s Han­dle­bars On Our Franken­stein Road King

We left off last is­sue with the in­stal­la­tion of the Ride Wright spoke wheels and the Con­ti­nen­tal TKC 80 tires on our Har­ley-David­son Road King Scram­bler/ ADV/Franken­stein build. This month we are look­ing up to the han­dle­bars. We im­me­di­ately knew we wanted a dirt bikestyle han­dle­bar with a tall riser to make it all com­fort­able. We also wanted to keep the stock bar di­am­e­ter, which nar­rowed our choices down a bit, so we called our old pal An­thony of Chas­sis De­sign Co. for a help­ing hand. We had An­thony redo our 2009 Road King build’s frame with some cus­tom down­tubes and new neck and it turned out great, so we knew he was the per­fect guy for this job.

It was re­ally the eas­i­est thing to de­scribe to him. We said we wanted a ProTaper-style bar with a tall riser, and he im­me­di­ately sug­gested do­ing a one-piece bar with the ris­ers and bars as a whole unit. Af­ter sit­ting on the bike and tak­ing mea­sure­ments we de­cided on an ap­prox­i­mate 9-inch riser height. With that he got to work, stop­ping and check­ing back on the bike with my­self as the rider for ref­er­ence to make sure it was all com­ing to­gether the way we wanted. The bars were one of the most im­por­tant ad­di­tions to mak­ing this build look like a Scram­bler, and An­thony made the per­fect set of bars to cap­ture that style. Be sure to stay tuned next month for the next up­grade on the Franken­stein Road King.

Here is Jon on the Road King with the old ape­hanger bars. His hands are a lit­tle bit above the shoul­der with these, which isn’t the real is­sue; the prob­lem is that the apes sim­ply will not match the rest of the build when it is com­pleted.

An­thony has a hand­ful of han­dle­bars that he pre-made, one of which was the per­fect start­ing point for our project. As Jon sat on the bike, he held out the bars roughly where he wanted them to be while An­thony mea­sured the dis­tance from said bar to the top clamp to pick the cor­rect length for the ris­ers.

Div­ing right in, An­thony took off the han­dle­bars and top triple tree as a unit and re­moved the old apes and ris­ers from the top clamp over on his bench.

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