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Hey oh...
Are the bars on my 69 R60/2 too wide?
They are 21' from inside controllers and 36" from outside of blinker to blinker.
Looking at other pictures of people's bikes, theirs don't seem that wide.
I'm not against cutting an inch or so off each side, but want to get some opinions here.

Thanks!

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The distance from controls to bend

When I look at the pictures it seems there is a substantial distance between the handlebar controls and the bend in the bars. The distance looks unfamiliar to me.

Don't know about the numbers. I have the so called flat bars with the bar end indicators and mine measure 30 inches.

Be interesting to see what the consensus is.

Mal

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...bars...

I think their way too wide, are not any sort of stock BMW bar, have too much rise and too much setback, and might be OK for someone with very short arms or for a sidecar...I think the standard sidecar BMW bar is 27", the standard solo bike bar shorter but verify those dimensions. If you are a sporty type rider, the R68 bar has very little rise or setback, but I think almost all USA front end bikes came with "USA" bars with crossover?...nice looking well maintained motorcycle...

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Thanks for the input

Thanks for the input guys...
I also don't think that these are not stock bmw bars.
No biggie for me, but definitely think I'll cut an inch off each side, maybe more..

Rob

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Here's a page from an old

Here's a page from an old Flanders brochure who had BMW bars for sale:

https://w6rec.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Flanders_accessories_pg13-1...

Here's a current webpage:

http://www.sideroadcycles.com/ImportedMotorcycles/ImportHandlebars/BMWba...

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wide handle bars

You will also need to replace all the control cables as they will be way too long with the shorter handlebars

Tommy

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Just to add: the clamps for

Just to add: the clamps for the handle bars are not original either, but used for later bikes, from 1973 to 1992, according to RealOEM.com.

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Clamp/riser

Lincoln wrote:

Just to add: the clamps for the handle bars are not original either, but used for later bikes, from 1973 to 1992, according to RealOEM.com.

The bike in question is a '69 R60US I think, so that clamp/riser would be correct on an R60US model.

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Bars

On my stock 1969 R60 US Model it has standard US handlebars with the cross bar. It also has the bar end blinkers like yours. You are showing a overall width of 36 inches. Mine is 32 inches overall to the outside width of the blinkers.

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my 2 cents ... ride it and if

my 2 cents ...

ride it and if you feel comfortable with them, keep them. Otherwise you will end up in some considerable investment ... new cables! Don't worry about original or not. Cutting them won't make them original either.

best regards
Klaus

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Thanks Everyone! Love the

Thanks Everyone!
Love the knowledge here.
Luckily I still have the new cables that are shorter from previous owner install if I decide to cut some of the bars off.

Question..
Is the bar suppose to be dimpled on the throttle side?
Having not taken mine off yet, I was wondering off I do cut some off, will I have to dimple it?

Thanks again everyone.. much appreciation!

Rob

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Hmm.... Further reading from

Hmm....
Further reading from Kurt's links, looks like no dimples?

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Dimpling? Haven't seen

Dimpling? Haven't seen that...why would it be needed?

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Some handlebars have a

Some handlebars have a dimple/hole that the throttle control lever sits in.. I've never taken mine off, so I don't have experience with these.

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Never saw that on my R69S

Never saw that on my R69S bars...my R25/2 throttle side has a small indent to accept the dog-point set screw to keep the housing from rotating. The later bars have the perch wedge that is designed to grab the bars as the perch flange is tightened down.

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Thank you again...

Thank you again...

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Get the factory

Get the factory bars,Vech@Benchmarkworks may have them. They will be "right". I switched from the US bars to Euro bars and aesthetically and riding position were better for me.

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Handle Bars

Those look like Flanders sidecar bars. They made them wider than usual to accommodate the extra push/ pull needed for sidecars.

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