Some - Renthal bars are probably much stronger than OEM or BikeMaster bars. Way to go. Please keep us posted on the installation and how you like riding with them. Rick
Finally got a mechanic to sort out swapping the bars last week. I had got used to the bent ones that I no longer noticed the odd position, though somehow it still made me less confident on corners.
Went out this weekend and I did not notice any difference from them. Which was the idea, so that is a positive.
The real test is how well they hold up when the bike is dropped, and that was something I dod not feel like testing. Though there was a moment when I stopped at a junction, went to put my foot down, and the road was sunken slightly so it was not there when I expected it to be.
What I did notice, though, were the peripheral differences. I had noticed that the grip puppies were reducing some of the heat from the heated grips, so I decided not to put them back on. And the reduced diameter was actually quite nice. But I had totally forgotten my hand would get numb holding the throttle, it seemed the puppies had fixed that. Also the smooth hard rubber of the nasty Honda grips meant the throttle would slip slightly, so I had to get readjusting my grip. No wonder I have to squeeze so tight my hand goes numb.
I am torn what to do now. Putting the puppies back on seems obvious, but winter is coming and the heat difference is noticeable. Also the added diameter just trades one kind of discomfort for another.
And I also could not put my palm rest back on, as it had been stretched by the puppy so it no longer fits. They are cheap, though, so I have ordered a replacement.
I had also bought a Go Cruise style throttle lock, which seemed to be hit and miss but worked enough for a few seconds to allow me to release my right hand to adjust the mirror etc. To use that I had peeled back the end of the puppy so it was just on the bare grip. For some reason without the puppy it just does not get tight enough, even though it was not attached to it. And annoyingly I lost the rubber band it came with, as that would probably have helped.
Because of the reduced inner diameter of the Renthal bars a bar end based throttle lock would likely not be an option now. And I have given up on the NEP one being able to work with this bike.
Which was the final issue, just not having bar ends at all was strange, not being able to hold them when I shifted my hands. For now I have the plastic stoppers to fill the ends, as supposedly the Renthal bar ends have no weight to them to be much use, and the added weight of the bar supposedly makes them less useful anyway. Not sure how true that is, but I did not really feel any extra vibration (from 300 miles on Saturday, and 180 miles on Sunday).
But I have a plan to reuse the nice and heavy Honda bar ends, having seen this video:
Basically, you can use an anchor shield as an equivalent of the usual rubber stopper that most third-party bar ends use, but which are too wide for the Renthal bars.
The video suggests an M6 sized shield, which happens to be the size of the screw for the Honda ends too, i.e. 6mm diameter thread. But those screws are not long enough to use with a shield, so today I have ordered the shields and also some allen head bolts, so will update on how they work.
I still need to replace a bit of plastic, but that can wait until a less expensive time. Having just done a 16k dealer service with new chain and sprockets, then new tyres, and the new bars.
Two more expenses to come though, as the tax is now due for another year. And I want to pay for a proper (ACF-50) proper deep clean to protect it for the winter. Gritting and treating he roads has already begun so it makes a difference.