View Full Version : 12" Apes on the Nightster

Gas Man
09-18-2010, 12:53 PM
Here's the thing about the nightster stock bars. They were mid bars. It couldn't figure out if it wanted to be drag bars or little apes.

It always put you in a slight lean forward position as seen here.

So let's get it going

Directo comparo

Can you really "ride with no handlebars"?

Mocked up and half together

Now I got all of this second hand. The bars. The stock wires were no problem after a slight re route. The clutch cable and throttle cables were tight and I already knew I would have to replace the stupid half hose/half metal tube brake line. So the stuff I got from my buddy are the nice black breaded lines & cables. I decide even though the stock black vynal stuff may work, let's make it match...

Throttle cables require to rise the tank again... easy to do.

Pull the air cleaner to get better access

Install the new t-cables

Put in the new clutch cable, which is always a bit irritating. But easily do-able. Tighten up the t-cables

Re-install and adjust her windshield (which I dont use)

I rode it for a few days last week and while my brother in law is right. As I said earlier, it was before "in between". Now I took it more cruiser. BIL would have preferred drag bars and believes this took the sporty out of the sportster. Who knows... it's still fast!

What do you think?

Soon to come...
Tank rise kit
lots of powder and ceramic
springer seat

09-18-2010, 12:57 PM
Love em..I think it's a perfect fit...

apex factor
09-18-2010, 02:06 PM
i've been trying to decide if i want to ditch my mini 10" apes and go with drag bars. Looks good!

09-18-2010, 05:02 PM
Yup Yup

09-18-2010, 08:40 PM
now you just need to slam the rear

Gas Man
09-18-2010, 09:26 PM
now you just need to slam the rear
Now that is funny! It's already dropped 2" and bottoms out all the time. It isn't going anywhere!

I really think the upcoming mods will really play into the look. But those will be a winter project...

09-19-2010, 11:41 PM
i really like the apes though and once i switched to them ill never go back....and when i get the street glide next year its the first mod im doing to it.

Gas Man
09-21-2010, 07:02 AM
I hear ya Rugby... but I'm un-sold on apes behind the bat wing. They are cool but don't look as cool. The whole point in the fairing flares to the sides is to cover your hands... you essentially are going around that.

09-21-2010, 08:39 AM
Yeah, once you get the Glide you'll probably rethink.

Gas Man
09-22-2010, 02:32 PM
Yeah, once you get the Glide you'll probably rethink.
Now a road king... apes all the way IMO

09-22-2010, 05:51 PM
thats why i would get the bars from the same company i have them from now. They make a bar just for the electra/street glide and also have a different set up for the road glide. they fit the fairing perfectly and looks sweet i would post a pic but when i went onto the website they were making changes and all the pics were down.

Now a road king... apes all the way IMO

seeing mad dogs new road king has got me thinking about one for sure plus hell i can always buy a detachable batwing with a radio and shit if i want.

Gas Man
09-23-2010, 06:52 PM
Very true you could. That would be killer, have a batwing, a windshield, and all detachable if you don't won't either!