Dirt bike handlebars are typically much wider than motorcycle handlebars, and they can be more difficult to bend.
The reason behind this is that dirt bike handlebars are usually crafted from a thicker metal gauge as compared to motorcycle handlebars, which results in lesser flexibility.
To properly bend a dirt bike handlebar, you will need to use the leverage of your hands and arms to slowly bend the bar towards the grip area.
How to Bend Dirt Bike Handlebars: The Basics
There are a few basic techniques for bending handlebars on dirt bikes.
- The first is to use a vise or clamp to hold the bars in place.
- The second is to use a belt sander or grinder to sand down the ends of the bars until they curve easily.
- The third is to use epoxy or JB Weld Joint compound to attach the end of one bar to the end of another, then curve the bars using a hydraulic press or large weight.
How to Bend Dirt Bike Handlebars: The Steps
Bending dirt bike handlebars is a common task that can be done to adjust the riding position or fix a damaged bar. Here are the steps to properly bend dirt bike handlebars:
- Remove the Handlebars: Start by loosening the bolts that hold the handlebars to the triple clamp or bar mounts. Once the bolts are loose, remove the handlebars from the motorcycle.
- Determine the Bend: Identify the area where the bend needs to be made. You can use a straight edge or level to check the alignment of the handlebars.
- To bend the handlebar, apply heat to the specific area using a heat gun or propane torch. The application of this technique will result in the metal becoming more pliable, thus facilitating the bending process.
- Bend the Handlebar: Use a bending tool or pipe to gradually bend the handlebar to the desired shape. It’s important to apply even pressure and avoid over-bending or under-bending.
- Check the Alignment: Once the handlebar has been bent, use a straight edge or level to check the alignment again. Make any additional adjustments as needed.
- Reinstall the Handlebars: Once you’re satisfied with the alignment of the handlebars, reinstall them on the motorcycle and tighten the bolts securely.
Tips for Bent Handlebars
Handlebars are important on dirt bikes for a variety of reasons. They can affect your balance and control while riding, so it’s important to adjust them if they’re not comfortable.
To customize your handlebars, consider these suggestions:
- Alter the height and angle of the handlebars to match your preferred riding technique and personal needs. Bent bars will cause you to ride with an angle in your elbows, which can lead to more fatigue and accidents. If the bars are too high, you’ll be leaned over too much, which will also tire you out quickly. Likewise, if the bars are too low, you won’t be able to hold a comfortable position on the bike and will end up losing control.
- Check for comfort by gripping the handlebars tightly with both hands and bending them until they’re at a 90-degree angle from your body. If they’re uncomfortable after being bent this far, adjust the stem (the piece that connects the handlebar to the bike) until it’s in a comfortable position. Be sure not to overdo it, or else you’ll end up damaging your bike!
- Once you’ve adjusted the bar height and angle, make sure everything is snugly fit by giving each part of the handlebar a few light taps with a hammer or screwdriver before tightening any screws/bolts that may have been loosened in steps 1 or 2.
It’s important to be careful when bending handlebars and avoid over-bending or stressing the metal, which can cause it to crack or break.
If you’re not comfortable with bending handlebars yourself, it’s best to seek the assistance of a professional mechanic or experienced rider.