Vintage handlebars- how wide?

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4/28/2020 7:34 AM

The picture of Marty Smith in the other thread got me hunting on YouTube and I'm watching some stuff from the mid-70's. Everyone's handlebars look WIDE. When they're coming at you, they look like they're 35" wide!!!

I was riding then, but on an XR75 and then an RM 125... I don't remember my bars being all that wide. Were they??

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2019 KTM 150 SX
2019 Husqvarna TX300
2021 Honda CB500X

4/28/2020 9:12 AM

The stock bars on my 79 Maico 440 are 34 inches wide.

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Adapt, mutate, or die

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2001 KX-500

1983 KX-125

1979 Maico Magnum 440

4/28/2020 9:44 AM

Bar width directly correlated to the size of your balls. The bigger your balls, the wider your bars. Might explain a few things.



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4/28/2020 10:05 AM

kevingent55 wrote:

The stock bars on my 79 Maico 440 are 34 inches wide.

I was close!!!

Thanks!

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2019 KTM 150 SX
2019 Husqvarna TX300
2021 Honda CB500X

4/28/2020 4:18 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/28/2020 4:19 PM

For vintage MX, I prefer Renthal’s Vintage/Desert 7/8” bend, they’re 34” wide.

I have a dozen or more pairs of vintage handlebars from Inter-Am, Torsten Hallman, K&N, Answer and etc. They’re all between 33”-36” wide.

Honestly I wish modern MX bars were wider!

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Do It In The Dirt!

4/28/2020 9:52 PM

I don't know what your talking about.

Photo

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4/29/2020 10:28 AM

They didn’t have power steering back then and they needed the extra leverage.

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4/29/2020 10:30 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/29/2020 10:32 AM

They just look wide because of the height 👌

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