As I sit here at my desk waiting for the next tech chat to pop up on my screen, I find myself tasked to write something that will grab your interest. But to tell you the truth, all I can think about is what kind of motorcycle handlebars I want to put on my new bike. It’s not like I need new bars or that mine are uncomfortable. Like most Harley riders, I just want my bike to be different from the other two-dozen Street Bobs rolling around town.

Customizing your motorcycle shouldn’t be a stressful or complicated task. The deal is to make decisions that make sense and that you’re happy with the results. Simple as that. Some things I keep in mind when making a decision are the costs, the fit and finish, warranty, quality and, of course, style.

First off, I want to pick a style and look for the motorcycle that matches my preferences. For instance, I like a tall, straight riser and V-rod bars or a tall set of T-bars. Unfortunately the ’08 and up Dyna Street Bob has integrated risers on the top tree. As a result, unless I change the triple tree, I’m going to have to go another route. And that’s OK with me. I don’t mind change or the extra time and cost associated with such a decision. These types of hitches can come up on any application, which is why it’s so important to do some research in advance or consult a technician for help.

Now that I’ve nailed down my look, there are a few more decisions I have to make. For instance, do I go with a tall bar or a short flat track style bar? Do I choose chrome or black to match my blacked-out bike? Do I want to go to the trouble of changing all my cables? I’ve got to sort through all these questions running through my already overloaded mind.

Once I’ve answered all the questions to my own satisfaction, it’s time to decide which brands, finish and determine the costs of the products I’m about to purchase. Quality is a big issue when I think about what I’m going to strap to my beloved bike. Along with quality comes ease of installation. For instance, some handlebar manufacturers smooth out the welds on the inside of the bars and pre-run a piece of string through them, which makes internal wiring a snap.

Often, you pay more for the better-quality parts that come with a longer warranty, easy installation or detailed instructions when purchasing the product. Sometime the term, “you get what you pay for,” really comes into play when you are pulling out the dye grinder or cleaning threads out of a chromed component.

Decisions like these apply to nearly any part you add to your motorcycle, whether that be new handlebars, an exhaust, grips, foot pegs or floorboards.

If you truly love your motorcycle, as most of us do, then measure twice and cut once before purchasing parts for your motorcycle.

Happy hunting and I hope we all make the right decisions.  Later…