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    Best cafe racer bars

    In the middle of a slight cafe of my 1980 cx500 deluxe. From what I've read there seems to be 5 styles people go with. Drag, Clip On, Euro, Clubman, and the M Bar. Of these which would work without hitting tank before fork stops? Really leaning towards the M Bars but $86 with shipping seems a little high compared to some. Thanks
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    I have a set of emgo clubmans that do not hit the tank on an 80 custom. 44 bucks on eBay looks awesome and pretty comfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swayze View Post
    I have a set of emgo clubmans that do not hit the tank on an 80 custom. 44 bucks on eBay looks awesome and pretty comfortable.
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    Wow that looks great! If you don't mind me going off topic, what headlight bucket are you using?
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    Are euro bars and drag bars more for looks? They don't seem to a a backwards sweep like the others do.
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    I think everything is really just personal preference. I just tried to find one that was a balance between looks and comfort and got lucky on the first try on the cx. On my nighthawk I had clip ons, now clubbmans and the look is there but still not too happy with the comfort on that particular bike, may try some m bars or dirt bike style bars next. Each bike is different and each rider has different needs based on height, length of arms, etc.
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    It depends on the where you fall on the cool/comfortable matrix. If you only want to look cool, and are not going very far at go, then clip-ons or clubman bars are great. Moving up and back, your riding position becomes more comfortable, but won't have that extremely low slung look. I have used all kinds of bars, and starting out with $25 clubman bars made it easy to swallow my pride and vanity get a different, more upright set. I might have been more dedicated to $100 bars.

    I still have clubman bars on my showier "poodle" bikes, but after 20-30 minutes I hate myself for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Sams View Post
    It depends on the where you fall on the cool/comfortable matrix. If you only want to look cool, and are not going very far at go, then clip-ons or clubman bars are great. Moving up and back, your riding position becomes more comfortable, but won't have that extremely low slung look. I have used all kinds of bars, and starting out with $25 clubman bars made it easy to swallow my pride and vanity get a different, more upright set. I might have been more dedicated to $100 bars.

    I still have clubman bars on my showier "poodle" bikes, but after 20-30 minutes I hate myself for it.
    Any experience with the euro or m bars? I don't want bars that will make me regret riding after 20 or so minutes
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    No Ms, but I like euros and daytonas, they're kind of middle of the road bars, but much more comfortable. For clearance, I've had more problems with drag bars than anything else, but a cheap set of bar risers would solve that too.
    78 CX500 Cafe Project 99% Complete
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