Biltwell Keystone 1 Handlebars
Love the Look, But i Hate being Short
The bars looked great. I've never changed out bars before, luckily I was successful the first time. I'm not very mechanically inclined and i pulled it off. Very easy installing, since the size is fairly close to the stock bars, the need of new cables wasn't a hassle I had to encounter.
I am 5'6", so the bars pull me forward a bit. I am not in an upright position. I liked it though. especially on the highway, the wind wasn't so harsh since i was leaning into it. After about 30-45 min into any ride my back doesn't feel too good, if it was a sore feeling i wouldn't mind it, but its more of a burning pain. I don't have any back problems otherwise. Obviously, I probably should get my back looked at, but for the sake of reviewing the bars. This pain only occurred when i switched to the bars. and i am currently awaiting my mini apes to switch them out again.
I love the bars, alone they look great and on the bike altogether they look mean, but I don't like that they pull me forward.
I wont reduce the Overall rating because of my issue, since i wouldn't be changing them out if my pain didn't occur. Other than that i have no issues with them. Great looking, cheap, easy install.
May 24, 2016
Looks and feel good
This is a very good replacement for my stock bar...looks good and feels more comfortable than the stock bar
May 17, 2016
Gives your bike a great look!
I did a lot of research before deciding what handle bars to buy. I honestly wanted some 12" ape hangers but was quoted $1,200-$1,300 for parts and labor, and that's at a shop not the HD dealership. I decided to purchase the Biltwell Keystones and I feel that my bike took a upon a new look. They're definitely more aggressive looking than the stock and my arms rest straight out when riding. My only concern or heads up would be that on my 2015 Iron 883 the front brake line that goes from the bike to the handlebar is a far stretch. I had to remove the bolt from the frame in order to give the line a little wiggle room, otherwise it was going to be very tightly held and it concerned me. I'm not sure if loose or tight is best and I'll be doing more research on that. Aside from that the fit was awesome and the installation was pretty easy. I saw a few YouTube videos on it and it took me about 2 hours, 45 minutes of which were spent removing the left handle grip on the stock handlebar. Not bad considering I don't really have experience on working on motorcycles.
May 5, 2016
These look Killer!
I wanted some different bars to compliment some tank fab and new paint but didn't want to drop a bunch of money having to get new cables for mini or taller apes. These Keystones are pretty much as tall as you're going to get without changing at least the brake line. It was tight getting my controls back on, but it all worked and I used all the stock cables and brake line. They look great, feel great and are a pleasure to ride behind.
I have a 2013 XL1200C
April 26, 2016
These bars are super easy to install and they look awesome.
April 1, 2016
big improvement little cost
I'll post the info i was looking for on reviews.
1) im 5ft8, riding position is about the same as far as my lean forward with stock bars but my hands are about 1.5 - 2 inches higher.
2) no cable change needed.
3) bike handles much better with the smaller grip width. I go 95+ at times. (Sportster)
4) I took slack out from above the front fender and relocated my front brake line. Only cable you need to adjust to ride. (Pictured)
5) my check light came on after install. Took to dealership they checked it corrected it and sent me on my way no charge.
6) was thinking apes with forward controls, so glad i didn't. That's for another bike later. Not for a sportster.
March 31, 2016
Could'nt ask for more
I changed out my stock handlebars for the Biltwell keystones after my first 300mi ride, shortly after the 1000k service on my 2016 Iron 883. The stock handlebars were atrocious, and there was no comfortable position other than sitting straight up. Which gets old pretty quick; cant lean on the bars and cant hang on them no matter how you position your rump. The Keystones solved all comfort problems for me, aside from the stock seat. I could go through all of the little things and tell you about how the drop angle from the top of the bar to the tip aids in counter steering, along with the 13 deg rearward cant and so on... just know this, Biltwell thought these out very well plus they are just bada$$. Install was relatively painless, but you are pushing it to the max when it comes to cable length. No serious issues, but you may have to adjust the throttle no biggie. Build quality is superb and they are made from some really good stuff (1-inch O.D. x 0.120” wall seamless 4130 chromoly tubing). All and all I couldn't ask for more. TIP: check these out on Youtube. Also try google search (wikipedia) on 4130 Chromoly steel.
March 21, 2016
Find your sweet spot.
This bars are great. They look great. The build quality is great. Overall pleased with the purchase.
The only thing I will warn people about is finding your sweet spot. Not a lot of pull back on these, so rotate them around and get a good feel for the position before drilling. I had originally lined up the bars to be in line with the top of my frame.. to far forward, hurt my arms and shoulders bad.
Then I tried in line with the forks, the angle was all wrong and my wrists were friggin dead.
finally found my sweet spot somewhere in between in line with the top and bottom of the frame. It's still a bit of a pain on super long rides, but otherwise these things are great.
Not comfy in stop and go traffic, but very few bars are.
100 bucks for some sweet lookin bars.. fully recommended ( any biltwell product for that matter).
March 15, 2016