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Author Topic: Dean Speed Handlebars  (Read 343 times)

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Offline tlaughlin89

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Dean Speed Handlebars
« on: September 29, 2020, 02:37:33 pm »
Hi guys,

I’ve researched this but I can’t find a definitive answer. I am wanting to change my handlebars out for the Dean Speed Matador bars in either 12” or 14” rise. They are 29” wide and have a 19 degree pull back.

Do you all think the Motion Pro +6” cables would work with that amount of rise? Also, for “controls” should I do blank or victory steel frame?

Thanks in advance. I’m new to this.

Offline Jason-

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Re: Dean Speed Handlebars
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2020, 06:30:54 pm »
I just installed my 12" Baron mini apes, and the Motion Pro cables is what I was going to go with. I measured, and it looks like 6" should work.. but I'm hoping to do some more digging to confirm this.

Offline DrM

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Re: Dean Speed Handlebars
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2020, 08:38:48 pm »
This is some of what you have to consider with aftermarket bars:

1.  Rerouting existing cables so they don't wrap around the triple head.  You probably can't get away with just rerouting when going to 12" to 14" rise bars, but a lot depends on where you place the handgrips -- that is, straight up, or mostly pulled back,  Straight up, definitely need extended cables.  Mostly pulled back, maybe not

2.  Almost definitely you will have to get a longer front brake line, though you could also get a few inches by removing one of the clips holding the front brake line to the frame.

3.  Wiring (re-wiring) can be possibly by avoided by rerouting the wiring so it doesn't go around the triple head.  A lot of the wiring I needed to extend I got from carefully unwrapping the tape wrapped around the wire bundles until I got to a fold in the wiring which gave me several inches extension.  You may or may not find such a fold in the wiring on your bike.  Otherwise, you may have to do a lot of wire splicing to extend the wiring, as well as rerouting the wiring.

4. Each electric control housing on the handlebars has a tab that fits into a hole in the handlebars.  Few aftermarket handlebars have pre-drilled holes, so you will likely have to drill your own.  Before you do that, you will need to dry fit your handlebars to see how you like them placed, then mark where the tabs will go so you can drill the hole for them.  In fact, you should get your new bars first and put them on your bike temporarily and measure exactly what you might need in the way of cable and hose and wiring extensions, rather than just guess at it.

5.  This would be a good winter project for when it's too cold for riding.  Not something to hurry through. 
« Last Edit: October 21, 2020, 08:43:08 pm by DrM »