CRF300L Handlebar Guide
CRF300L Handlebar Guide
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One of the first things some riders change on their new CRF300L or CRF300L Rally is the handlebars. The stock handlebars on both bikes are 7/8" in size, made out of steel, and are very low in profile/height. Many riders will swap those out for a high quality aluminum handlebar, which is lighter and more durable for off-road riding, and some handlebar bends are taller, which means more comfort on the bike, especially when standing up.

Handlebar Sizing:
The stock CRF300L / CRF300L Rally comes from the factory with 7/8" size handlebars. If you want to stick with 7/8" handlebars, but upgrade to something more durable, all you'll need to do is pick out a new aluminum handlebar in that same 7/8" size and it will bolt right on. If you want to upgrade to oversize 1 1/8" handlebars, you'll need adapters (see info below) to mount the larger 1 1/8" size handlebars. Please note that oversize handlebars are only "oversize" on the center part of the bar where it bolts up to the bike... they taper back down to 7/8" where the controls mount, that way all your stock controls will go right back on. Additionally, 7/8" handlebars will have a cross brace, whereas 1 1/8" bars typically will not.

Handlebar Bends:
Manufacturers like Pro Taper and Renthal offer their handlebars in a variety of bends so you can customize the fit and feel of your new bars. Which bend you choose is a personal preference thing. For the CRF300L, we like Pro Taper handlebars in the "CR Mid" and "Henry/Reed" bends, and those seem to be popular with our customers. The CR High Bend should also work on the non ABS models, since they have a traditional front brake line routing. On the ABS models, the front brake line routing makes mounting taller handlebars a little bit of a challenge, but we have had customers fit the CR High bend successfully. On our personal CRF300L (ABS model) Project Bike we use the Pro Taper Contour handlebar in the "CR Mid" bend and the Pro Taper Universal Solid Mounts to mount them. This setup is just over 1" higher than the stock handlebars, and we didn't have any issues with the front brake line or throttle/clutch cables The "CR High" setup would be around 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" taller than stock.


If you want to stick with 7/8" handlebars, all you'll need is new handlebars like the Pro Taper SE...
  • Pro Taper SE 7/8" handlebars

    If you want oversize 1 1/8" handlebars, you'll need 1 1/8" handlebars like the Pro Taper Contour, Pro Taper Evo, or Renthal Fatbar. Additionally, you will need adapters to convert your bikes lower bar mount to accept the larger size handlebar. Pro Taper offers their Universal Solid Mount, which is an adapter that will convert your stock lower bar mount to the 1 1/8" size. Links to these products...
  • Pro Taper Contour 1 1/8" handlebars
  • Pro Taper Evo 1 1/8" handlebars
  • Renthal Fatbar 1 1/8" handlebars
  • Pro Taper Universal Solid Mounts

    When replacing handlebars, many of our customers will also replace their grips, throttle tube, mirrors, and levers, while also adding handguards for extra protection. Since you're removing all of these items when replacing the handlebars, its much easier to do it at the same time rather than later. Some of these products are listed below...
  • Zeta Armor Handguards
  • Zeta PRO Armor Handguards
  • Pro Taper Pillow Top Grips
  • G2 Tamer Aluminum Throttle Tube
  • DoubleTake Mirrors
  • Supermoto Mirrors
  • CRF300L Zeta Pivot Levers

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