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A Quick Guide to Types of Motorcycle Handlebars

Nov 24, 2018 3:00:00 PM / by RumbleOn Road Captain

Customize Your Ride: Types of Motorcycle Handlebars

When it comes to all the different ways you can customize a motorcycle, handlebars are usually one of the first choices for  DIY motorcycle mods. But what are some of the most popular types of bars, and what is their function?

Here is a hassle-free guide to some of the many types of motorcycle handlebars out there. Which one is your go-to?

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A guide to types of motorcycle handlebars

  • Tracker: Sometimes used on a taller handlebar riser, Tracker handlebars are often used for flat track racing, which is how they received their name. They have a lower rise than most stock bars and provide the option to use your stock wiring cables, so they are pretty simple to install.
  • Clipons: These straight bars allow you to use stock wiring and are simple to install. Clipons got their beginnings on drag bikes, but these days, they are commonly found on bobbers, cruisers, and choppers. Used originally on drag bikes, these handlebars are also commonly used on choppers, bobbers, and cruisers.
  • Moto: As you could probably guess from the name, Moto bars are commonly seen on dirt bikes, but they aren’t exclusive to that class. Moto bars can provide different degrees of curve and height, but it depends on the type of riding that will be done in order to determine your preference.
  • Zero Drag: While tailor-made for Sportsters, Zero Drag bars will look great with tall risers on choppers. A good rule of thumb is the more neutral the shape of the bars, the more versatile they are.
  • Low Drag: Low Drag bars have a flat bend and zero upsweep that can sometimes make handling difficult, so they are not suited for bikes with lengthened forks.
  • High Drag: High Drag bars are for that hardcore, custom look. These bars are made to help your bike stand out and look great on pretty much every Harley model.


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