Chassis Design’s Handlebars on our Frankenstein Road King
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.