This is the thoroughly used '05 Electra Glide Standard. Trust us, it looks much better in the photos. This bike has been thrashed.
(2.)With the fairing removed, the photo shows just how far back the bars have to be to clear the inner fairing. If the bars were to be moved up for a larger rider they would surely make contact with the inner fairing plastic.
(3.)We started the removal of the old bar by loosening the clamps and checking for any wear. Sometimes on the older bikes a torch may be needed to break up any thread locker that may have been used.
(4.)We then removed the front brake lines from underneath the bottom triple tree of the fork. This also took a little bit of heat to persuade the bolt to come loose.
(5.)All of the hand controls were removed from the OEM handlebars and checked for any wear or wiring issues.
(6.)Since we were going to internally wire the new handlebars we had to take the wiring out of the Duetch connector socket. We were very cautious to make sue we knew just where each wire to ease reassembly.
(7.)Once the old bars (bottom) were removed, we lined them up with Klock Werks Ergo Up bars to see the difference in design.
(8.)Klock Werks knows that with baggers there are a few more wires to stuff into a bar, so they made extra large openings in the bars to do so.
(9.)We took a bicycle brake cable and taped it to the hand control wiring and fed the cable through the handlebar. We then pulled the wiring through with ease.
(10.)Using a photograph and our service manual as reference, the wires were installed into their correct positions so that when the connector block was installed all of the accessories will work accurately.
(12.)We then slid the Duetch connector block onto the wiring and checked for proper fit.
(13.)The new Ergo Up bars where installed onto the bike's handlebar clamps and tightened to factory specifications as per the Harley-Davidson service manual.
(14.)As the photo shows, the added height and flatter bend of the bars will indeed benefit our taller rider.
In the first installment of Klockin' the Standard we blew apart our 2005 Electra Glide Standard and were fitting the sheetmetal and wheels. With the fairing, tank, fenders, bags and side covers going to paint, we decided it was a good time to mount the set of Klock Werks Ergo handlebars.
The ErgoBars come in three styles to cover a large spectrum of rider sizes and preferred positions, but the most important design aspect of the Ergo bars is the bend that puts the rider's wrists in a more relaxed and comfortable position. The Ergo bars are available in three different styles; the Standard Bar is similar to stock H-D handlebar, yet has a more relaxed wrist position and better stance. The Ergo Back handlebar has a more relaxed design, which is better for riders of shorter stature. The Ergo Up bar has been designed for the taller rider or someone who prefers a taller bar. It has a similar pullback as the OEM handlebar, but positions a rider's hands in a higher riding position.
Brian, the bike's owner is just shy of 6-feet tall, so he decided to go with Klock's Ergo Up bar. The new bars will give Brian a less hunched-over riding position and with the pullback of the handlebar being flatter, they can be rocked up or down to fit his wrists better without the bend of the bar being uncomfortable like the OEM unit.
Another thing about the Ergo bars is Klock Werks did what every other manufacturer out there should do and made internal wiring a simple task by making the dimples and slots on the bar much larger than any other bars on the market. This is a good thing for the tons of wiring (stereo, cruise control, etc.) that baggers have compared to the other H-D models.
Ergo Up Handlebar - $199