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Old 09-23-2012, 12:44 AM   #21
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My '79 GS750L came with some kinda mild rise Buck-O-Bars on it, they were comfortable enough, but I replaced them with the "Tiller" type bars that came on the GS750E, big improvement when cornering.

Is that ELO's 'Don't bring me down' playing in the background?

Good times indeed.

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Old 09-23-2012, 06:37 AM   #22
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My '79 GS750L came with some kinda mild rise Buck-O-Bars on it, they were comfortable enough, but I replaced them with the "Tiller" type bars that came on the GS750E, big improvement when cornering.

The idea of ape hangers or pull backs never was one of performance handling. From day one it was to promote an image of custom or cool. Here is a copy of the sales brochure for your trusty steed, and you will note the emphasis on cool, not performance.

As a general overview, the people who like the style are not looking to toss their motorcycle through a technical set of mutant malaria germ twists, Neither are they looking to turn the trip to Denver into a 36 hour "Iron Butt" ride. The culture tends more towards 250-300 mile days on sweeping roads, not dragging knees or long distance endurance riding.

BTW: That picture just screams "Dude, do you have/want a dime bag."

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Old 09-23-2012, 06:55 AM   #23
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Is that ELO's 'Don't bring me down' playing in the background?

Good times indeed.
My Sharona by The Knack was popular, but of course we would all get drunk... "da da, da da, dunt dumb, da da, dunt dumb da da, da da, dunt dumb, My Sker-rote-um!

Yes...Good Times Indeed

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Old 09-23-2012, 07:25 AM   #24
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The riders with ape hangers are probably just showing off their religious side.
Last year we found God's MotorCycle Searching for God's MotorCycle.

Indeed, his bike had ape hangers; photographs don't lie.


taken from that thread...
"And then, success, revealed to us in its splendor, was - God's MotorCycle - yes, we found it! We found it!
In a small oasis in the desert, protected from heathens - but it's there, we found it."

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Old 09-23-2012, 07:48 AM   #25
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The idea of ape hangers or pull backs never was one of performance handling. From day one it was to promote an image of custom or cool. Here is a copy of the sales brochure for your trusty steed, and you will note the emphasis on cool, not performance.

As a general overview, the people who like the style are not looking to toss their motorcycle through a technical set of mutant malaria germ twists, Neither are they looking to turn the trip to Denver into a 36 hour "Iron Butt" ride. The culture tends more towards 250-300 mile days on sweeping roads, not dragging knees or long distance endurance riding.

BTW: That picture just screams "Dude, do you have/want a dime bag."
Of course it was all about the look, the "L" was one of Suzuki's first attempts at marketing a Harley Wanna-Be, I ended up adding a Kerker 4 into 1, Shoei FM-2 fairing along with the previously mentioned tiller bars. It was sissy bar with the King/Queen seat in the back, kinda sporty in the front. The worst thing about the bike was the limited capacity of the 3.4 gallon "peanut" tank, again, all about the look...apparently I thought it looked cool enough to buy. I have that brochure here somewhere in the archives


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Old 09-24-2012, 01:01 PM   #26
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What would be even funnier is if you asked one of them the very same question.
What I'd like to do is challenge an ape-dude to a pink slip duel through some twisties...

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Old 09-24-2012, 01:19 PM   #27
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One must look cool when performance and handling cannot be obtained...AJ




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Old 09-24-2012, 01:27 PM   #28
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I have apes on my Shovel. Actually very comfortable.

As far as a trend goes, its been around a while there must be something to it.

For long rides on a cruiser a mid-ape is my choice. For performance riding and around town puts I use drag bars.

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