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Old 09-21-2012, 04:36 PM   #1
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What's with all the Ape Hangers?
Over the last week, I've seen about 10 bikes running around town with ape hangers. Over the weekend sport touring around southern Oregon I saw one group of five or so cruiser types all with ape hangers.

Is there something in the water?

I can think few stupider trends than ape hangers. Let's put a long flexible piece of tubing between the controls and the contact patch. Now lets stick our arms out wide and hold our chest up so we get lots of wind blast. Looks uncomfortable as hell and is probably dangerous.

I guess its another on one of those style over function things. Sort of like guys who wear their pants so low that they can barely walk. And yeah, no one really does want to look at your fat ass. Thankfully, that one seems to be going away, but ape hangers are gaining ground. WTF.

Ok, end of rant. Anyone else seeing this?

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Old 09-21-2012, 04:43 PM   #2
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I think the reason will boil down to you are "just jealous, because it's better than any POS you ride."

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Old 09-21-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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They need a place to hang all their black t-shirts?

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Old 09-21-2012, 04:51 PM   #4
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It just gives them a more visible location to hang their "Bike broke down..need help" sign.

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Old 09-21-2012, 04:55 PM   #5
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It's so they can have longer tassles...

whipping them in the face.

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Old 09-21-2012, 05:20 PM   #6
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and to make it worse!
I have seen 'em with ape hangers and a fairing. What are you thinking!!!

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Old 09-21-2012, 05:21 PM   #7
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^ LOL!

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Old 09-21-2012, 07:23 PM   #8
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:38 PM   #9
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Seen lots of them here too.....

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Old 09-21-2012, 08:52 PM   #10
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There daughters are in juvy and they stole the handle bars of there Schwinns so they could get a ride in...

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Old 09-21-2012, 10:00 PM   #11
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Really for older folks with slipped discs. Helps take weight and strain off the spine.

Word is you can find ape hangers at Brookstone now

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Old 09-21-2012, 11:44 PM   #12
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Ape hangers? Like this ruck from someone on the forums?
Portland Region

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Old 09-22-2012, 04:11 AM   #13
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Depending on what size you go with they can actually be pretty comfortable. I've got a buddy with an 01 Dyna Wide Glide and hes got 10" minis I believe. They come to just before the top of the windshield and his hands are right at shoulder level. If he takes his windshield off though the windblast is definitely an issue.

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Old 09-22-2012, 07:31 AM   #14
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“ Quote:
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Depending on what size you go with they can actually be pretty comfortable. I've got a buddy with an 01 Dyna Wide Glide and hes got 10" minis I believe. They come to just before the top of the windshield and his hands are right at shoulder level. If he takes his windshield off though the windblast is definitely an issue.
I think that's fine. Your ability to push and steer isn't greatly compromised. If your hands start getting above shoulder level, then I think there's a problem.

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Old 09-22-2012, 07:47 AM   #15
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Depending on what size you go with they can actually be pretty comfortable.
I have/had 12" to 18" apes. Comfortable enough for me. Fit the look of the bike, I like em. A trip or two through the gorge is pretty killer on the chest though.

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Old 09-22-2012, 08:41 AM   #16
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Pretty simple. They want to look like apes. . .

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Old 09-22-2012, 06:40 PM   #17
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Just like dogs, cats, and most animals... when threatened they "puff" up to look bigger.

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Old 09-22-2012, 07:31 PM   #18
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I think they came from back in the day when "bikers" couldn't find a shower or deoderant
to save their lives. The ape hangers are to air out the arm pits?????

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Old 09-22-2012, 07:56 PM   #19
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Over the last week, I've seen about 10 bikes running around town with ape hangers. Over the weekend sport touring around southern Oregon I saw one group of five or so cruiser types all with ape hangers.

Is there something in the water?

I can think few stupider trends than ape hangers. Let's put a long flexible piece of tubing between the controls and the contact patch. Now lets stick our arms out wide and hold our chest up so we get lots of wind blast. Looks uncomfortable as hell and is probably dangerous.

I guess its another on one of those style over function things. Sort of like guys who wear their pants so low that they can barely walk. And yeah, no one really does want to look at your fat ass. Thankfully, that one seems to be going away, but ape hangers are gaining ground. WTF.

Ok, end of rant. Anyone else seeing this?
What would be even funnier is if you asked one of them the very same question.

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Old 09-22-2012, 08:14 PM   #20
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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.

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