Don’t Fly Off the Handle: Try One of These Aftermarket Motorcycle Handlebar Styles

handlebars for motorcycleThere are numerous reasons why a rider might opt to install aftermarket handlebars for motorcycles. Most of the time they’ll do it for comfort or style, but being such an easily accessible part, the reasons are practically limitless.

Sometimes a rider just needs new bars, but that’s often not the case. In 2015, U.S. sales Harley-Davidson accounted for 29.3% of all new motorcycles purchases. However, Harley aftermarket parts are still widely purchased so that riders can customize their bikes.

If you’re looking to update your handlebars, you have a lot of options. Handlebars for motorcycles are virtually universal, creating a long list of possibilities.


These are probably the most basic of aftermarket motorcycle handlebars. Trackers are motorcycle parts that offer a neutral addition to your bike and can fit just about any style. Relatively flat without too much going on, these can work for all types of bikes.

Z bars and H bars

Quite the opposite of tracker bars, motorcycle Z bar handlebars have a significant profile and can add to the aesthetics of your bike. H bars and Z bars are similar, both having hard lines and exaggerated angles. Great for Harley-Davidson Sportsters.


Chump handlebars are a good option if you’re looking for something somewhere between trackers and H bars. They have more of a profile than trackers with some lines, but less than H bars with soft curves and subtle angles. These can make your bike look mean or just downright ride-able, or both if that’s what you’re going for.

Window Bars

Named for creating a small square between the handlebars and the forks, these are hard-lined baddies that can add a retro attitude to your bike. They offer a simple design with a slight downward bend on both bars with a square in between them. Nothing says “old school” like 90-degree angles.

Ape Hangers

No, not monkey bars. These over-the-top handlebars soar sky-high and certainly make an impression. Commonly seen on choppers, ape hangers are tall bars that require the rider to have their hands higher than normal, usually as high as they can get. It’s legal to get them as tall as you want, although at some point you’re not going to be able to touch them. These customizable beauties aren’t for the faint of heart.

There are many other aftermarket handlebar options for you to choose from, and the sky is the limit. Quite literally if you go with ape hangers.

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