Apes, short for Apehangers, are a traditional chopper handlebar still popular with the modern motorcycle enthusiast. Apes offer 12 inches of rise which is a happy medium between good lucks and ridability. If your arms are above shoulder height it makes your bike unweildly and tiring to ride. Biltwell Apes let you ride your motorcycle and have fun.
Biltwell handlebars are 0.120 wall (almost an eight of an inch thick), seamless 4130 chromoly steel tubing. The mandrel bending, precision mitering and beautiful TIG welding finish off these bars and ensure that they are top quality and high-strength.
Dimpled versus Smooth Handlebars: What are dimpled handlebars? Dimples are indentations on the underside of each handlebar end and allow clearance for the switches on stock Harley-Davidson handlebar controls. The wire clusters on the stock H-D controls rest inside these dimples and are held in place by the bar clamps on stock brake and clutch levers. If you are instaling these handlebars on a Harley-Davidson and intend on keeping the stock hand controls and handlebar switches, dimpled bars are the way to go for a direct, bolt-on install. If you do not have bar-mounted eletrical switches or are running custom controls then you will want to use smooth handlebars. When in doubt, unbolt your motorcycle's controls and see if your stock handlebars have dimples or not.