Ape Hangers

by Stephanie
(Corona, CA)

Having 12" ape hangers installed on my HD Softail Deluxe and would like to know how different riding is compared to riding with stock handlebars?

I'm thinking making turns or tight turns is going to take some time getting used to, or maybe I'm just over-thinking this??


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Dec 08, 2010
by: Rob

I gone from 12 to 16 now 20". Now I am trying to find 24". I love it and the looks I get are awesome.

Aug 15, 2010
Size Matters?
by: Phatgal

I presently have the 12" mini-apes on my Fatboy, and had them on a Dyna and Sportster previously. I love them and am more comfortable with them than with my daughter's stock handlebars. This week I am switching out to 14" Chubbies and she is taking the minis. I think we'll both be happier! We live on the Maine/NH border and do 300-600 miles each weekend and I have never had any problems.

Aug 02, 2010
16inch Apes
by: Anonymous

I have a 2009 Heritage with 16inch Apes. For me they are fine. As for handling no problems. It handles fine, can do full lock turns in both directions.

Jul 27, 2010
Ape Hangers
by: Kristy

A couple of years ago, I changed out my stock bars on my 2005 Dyna Superglide Custom with some "mini apes" that Harley puts stock on the Dyna Wide Glides. They are much more comfortable than the stock bars. The stock bars were called "buckhorn" I think, and had very little rise, and after awhile on rides, my back would get a little tired from bending out slightly to grab the hand grips. The mini apes come up and back, so the hand grips are closer, and no bending forward is needed. When I ride, my hands on the grips are still just a little lower than the points of my shoulders, so I am not reaching high up to grab the grips. I would not recommend an above-the-shoulder grip height, as I could see where you would get tired on longer rides. I've seen some guys with god-awful tall handlebars dropping their left hands mid-ride to rest their left arms....of course, you can't do that with the right (throttle) hand, unless you have your thumb screw tightened off.

Jul 21, 2010
Love them!
by: Peggy

I have a 883HD with the same ape hangers they make my reach very comfortable and I can drive for a longer length of time without any discomfort. It didn't take me anytime to get use to them.

Jul 20, 2010
by: Anonymous

I don't think 12" would be that high. 18" or 24" would be radical and I can see how that might be difficult.

Jul 19, 2010
Ape Hangers
by: Anonymous

Not safe.
Hands go to sleep.
No leverage for handling.

People who really have a bike to ride wouldn't have them, but if all you want is to just look cool I guess so.

Jul 19, 2010
by: Robin

I have ridden a friends bike with Apes, Very cool, and not that difficult

But would never want it to be my daily bike. Trying to get around town and down my gravel lane everyday, and carrying groceries, picking up daughter, etc would make it more difficult and unsafe. I would LOVE to have another weekend bike with them on. Would be so bitchin to go to a rally or bike show on one.

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