There are many relationships in the world that have stood the test of time. One current union has been that of ape hanger handlebars and baggers. At first nobody thought it would work. Sure enough, it turned out to be the hippest thing since Crocs (if you’re into that sort of thing). And if you look at an ape-hanging bagger today, it just looks natural.
LA Choppers, in Huntington Beach, California, realized the trend for apes on customized touring bikes long ago, and started offering ape hangers for baggers in 12-inch and 14-inch configurations ($179.95). And because extending your bar height usually means extending the accouterments attached to said bar (brake line, clutch cable, and throttle/idle cables if you’re still running the push-pull style cables), LA Choppers also released its own line of Build Kits ($234.95-$409.95) for more peace of mind, which was an immediate hit. So much so that the company has surpassed the 10,000 sales mark of its apehanger build kits. Kits are available in stock lengths all the way to the really custom 20-inch-high configurations. Each kit includes the correct length clutch cable, ABS brake kit with chrome fittings and banjos with copper crush washers, stainless steel throttle/idle cables and brake lines in either a clear coated or black exterior, which protects components from abrasion. Basically, you get everything needed to make installation a breeze. With all this cable and brake line extending going on, you can’t forget about extending the switch wiring.
Guerrilla Cables took on the handlebar wiring game a few years ago and make extending the switch wiring when upgrading to apes a lot simpler. The Riverside, California, company applies the old adage, “work smarter, not harder,” offering a no-fuss Deluxe wiring extension kit ($52.95) for Harley-Davidson Touring models. Each Guerrilla kit includes 24 inches of color-matched wiring, connecting pins, shrink tubing, and a wiring schematic built into the label that is unique to each Harley-Davidson family member. Bye-bye, intimidating wiring diagrams!
We stopped by Mihali Cycles in Riverside, a full-service Harley and custom bike shop that can handle any task thrown its way. Mihali’s had a 2006 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic begging for taller bars. We met Jose Alfaro and Armando Alfaro (yep, they’re brothers) for a little demonstration on how Guerrilla Cables extends the switch wiring when upgrading to ape hangers.