PRO TAPER HANDLEBARS
PRO TAPER FULL DIAMOND SOFT GRIPS
PRO TAPER GRIP GLUE
supplied by www.apico.co.uk
When it came to sorting out the controls on our Honda CRF250L we were looking for two things: precision-quality and budget price point. The standard Honda equipment is pretty good, but we wanted enduro-spec kit, anticipating some extreme conditions in the long coast-to-coast ride and for the Long Distance Trial that followed.
The Pro Taper SE handlebars fitted the bill perfectly. Strong, light, well-made yet at a modest price point. We chose the 7/8” SEs (Seven-Eighths, get it?) in CR Mid bend and they were perfect for the Honda. As we were fitting them to a road bike we needed to drill a couple of holes, just as appear in the OE bars, for the tabs on the switchgear, but this wasn’t an issue – and we remembered to chamfer those holes so as to not make stress points.
To these we added Pro Taper’s soft grips and these again were just perfect. These are slim grips, grippy, as you’ll need on wet or muddy days, but the comfort is surprisingly high. So far they’ve lasted well, but at only just over £8 a time they’re cheap enough to not worry about frequent replacement if necessary. We stuck them on with Pro Taper’s own grip glue and this was a wise choice. The glue gives ample time to locate the grips in position, but since the glue has set they’ve not budged so much as a millimetre, despite repeated soakings. We were going to safety lock-wire the grips, but never got around to it, the glue has been more than good enough.
We finished off the controls with protection from a pair of basic Polisport hand guards. Nothing fancy about these, there are no inner aluminium bars, just the plastic, but they bolted on sweetly and have done the job ever since. We’ve not tested them in a big fall, but set against mile after mile of thick brambles down in the green lanes they’ve been invaluable. They look smart too.