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    Default Anyone have experience with Steelthorne handlebars?

    I was planning on doing 2” risers over the winter. Then I started thinking about the steelthorne bars. I hit them up, they will do them to spec that I request, and price isn’t bad. Anyone ever run these?

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    Literally just did the exact same thing for the exact same reason! He (Robert of Steel Thorn) sent me proof images of their work-in-progress a month later. I thought the proof looked fantastic... but sadly, was missing several key elements of my original request (also done as a custom spec'd order item, paid online). I felt really bad they had proofed it that far without noticing it didn't meet the request. However, it wasn't what I was asking for so I politely reminded them of this, and haven't yet heard back - that was 2 weeks ago. He did originally mention about 10 days of production time.

    He seems very responsive and their products *look* spectacular online at reasonable prices, so I remain hopeful this will find a happy ending.

    Hope to have more to this story for our collective benefit when the kinks are worked out.

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    Out of curiosity, what did you go with? I’m thinking the ones you have pictured but the equivalent of having 2” risers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigpapa View Post
    Out of curiosity, what did you go with? I’m thinking the ones you have pictured but the equivalent of having 2” risers
    So the ones pictured are supposed to be 2" pullback / 0" rise - it is more apparent in some of the side views. Although like I said I liked the look as-is (1.5" fatty bar), three things were wrong for me in this case:

    1. The risers were supposed to curve outward like their "B108" model (http://steelthorn.redcart.pl/p/1/215...vtx-m109-.html).

    2. The wire exit holes (I plan to run stuff inside the bar) are *facing* each other instead of facing forward. You can just see a bit of one of the holes in that pic. With the holes facing forward I hoped the exit would be cleaner and mostly hidden by the headlight bucket (2016 model).

    3. There are no "entrance" holes or dimples on the underside of the cross bar to accept the wires on the way in.

    I even asked for "hollow" bolts for exit holes as an option and he said it was possible but complicated and risked weaking the overall structure so I declined in favour of exit holes in the bars. I was however impressed he would even consider it.

    I have since also mused that squared off or angular bars instead of tubes would be fun but "nobody" does that, so I will stick with round and see how it goes.
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    Hmmm, he told me that those bars were stock height and pullback. I could have sworn they came back too. I’m gonna hit you up on Pm to ask you a few more details if you don’t mind.

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    You dont want to deal with this company !!!!


    KEEP RIDING HARD

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    Can you elaborate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snickaren View Post
    You dont want to deal with this company !!!!
    Too late for me... but why is that?


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    Update - good news!
    Robert (I *think* that's his name) replied that he is working on a new set of bars to replace the ones he initially prototyped for me, with some errors which I clarified with him. While I felt bad he went to the trouble and had to re-do it to meet the original specs (not sure how that went wrong, but it happens), I am encouraged that he replied he is working on a replacement.

    Timeline, for your reference, as there seems to be a few possibly with concerns with Steel Thorn which I have not yet experienced for myself. I find the timeline of events reasonable and appropriate, given the item is hand-crafted to my very specific personal specs and a 6 hour time difference making most emails sent during the day not really received until the following business day and vice versa. The "Proof is in the Pudding" when I see the quality and construction of the final product of course, but administratively, so far so good:

    Sept 14 - Initial contact, and request for quote
    Sept 17 - Initial reply and clarifications on the quote
    Sept 18 - Robert provided estimate of cost and timelines
    Sept 18 - I agreed to the estimate
    Sept 18 - Robert provided link to purchase with MY copy/pasted specs as a custom job request
    Sept 19 - Paid online
    Oct 4 - Pictures of work-in-progress bars provided to me
    Oct 4 - I provided notes on required corrections to meet spec
    Oct 22 - I asked for an update
    Oct 25 - Replied he is working on version 2 of the bars to meet spec

    Further updates as events warrant...


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    I really like the look of those. Keep us updated

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    New update today! Robert sent me some pics of the new design. MUCH happier with this - now meets my specs. Note the front-facing holes which should dump the wires directly under the headlight bucket. Also the slight spread in the riser tubes, as requested. Looks like we are getting close to completion.

    Caution - Winter Mods In Progress!

    Need to get some new cables for my new throttle housing now. Shopped around a bit - not excited about the package price from most for full kits... still shopping.

    Also need to finish coding my multiplexed handlebar switch controller!

    Anyway here are the pics of the bar in progress.
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    Well, "My Bars" are now on his Instagram as an item you can order...which I designed and paid for...ha. Hoping this means they will ship soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoSetFine View Post
    Well, "My Bars" are now on his Instagram as an item you can order...which I designed and paid for...ha. Hoping this means they will ship soon.
    I would definitely mention that AND a discount for using your design. He'll be making $ off of them, he should offer some sort of compensation. I like them a lot, might have to buy "your" bars lol.

    Are you concerned with possible kinking of the cables while turning? It seems like a lot of bends on the cable.
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    "Steel Thorn Model 158" is now a "No Set Fine original," for all to order! Ha. Kind of cool.

    http://steelthorn.redcart.pl/p/1/417...v-xvs-vn-.html

    I'm just a bit worried and sent an email to ask, he says "Dimensions as original," but I specifically asked for a +2" pullback. Crap... nervous that he may have misunderstood now - the pullback was the entire point. I'll let you know what he says.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BOSS_man View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by NoSetFine View Post
    Well, "My Bars" are now on his Instagram as an item you can order...which I designed and paid for...ha. Hoping this means they will ship soon.
    I would definitely mention that AND a discount for using your design. He'll be making $ off of them, he should offer some sort of compensation. I like them a lot, might have to buy "your" bars lol.

    Are you concerned with possible kinking of the cables while turning? It seems like a lot of bends on the cable.
    Ya the cable turns is still an "unproven" guess - the "Y" styled curve in the risers was my attempt to minimize that stress from stock 90 degrees. He didn't turn as much as I thought he might - so while I remain hopeful, it is still largely a long shot experiment. If they work, great, if not - well... then make sure you ask him not to cut the wire holes on yours! Haha.

    As for the discount - lol that's what everyone keeps telling me. But if they work and people like them, well then I just consider that my contribution back to the community, vicariously through his fabrication skills. That, and oh one small thing, you will need to sign a simple contract to agree to change your licence plate to "I <3 NSF".

    Seems fair.
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    WHAT. A. DRAG.

    Just got off the phone from giving Canada Post a blast. Totally furious.
    • So Steel Thorn ships me the handlebars on Dec 17 from Poland.
    • Then my email server craps out, so I can't reply to ask him for a tracking number (he didn't offer one at first).
    • Then the package arrives in Canada... but SOME JACKA** at Canada Post decides s/he isn't 100% sure they can read the address clearly (I have the shipping label - it clearly includes my name, my postal code, my phone number, and a European-handwriting-slightly-screwed-up street address... but hey, I don't know, maybe since it's coming from Poland, make a effort before sending it back you ... geezuz...)
    • So Canada Post doesn't call and doesn't notice the postal code matches everything else on the slip including the cryptic street number... and ships it back.
    • To Poland.
    • Then my email is fixed and I ask Steel Thorn for a tracking number and discover I just missed it - the package is already gone.
    • UN--BELIEVABLE.


    So who the hell knows when I'll get my bars now - waiting for a call back from Canada Post so I can give them another blast, and demand compensation to pay Steel Thorn to ship it a second time, not to mention another two months of waiting.

    Winter 2020 project now.

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    2019/01/18  09:27  USORDA,          International shipment has arrived in a foreign country
        
    2019/01/17  06:22  MISSISSAUGA, ON  International item being forwarded to destination country
        
    2019/01/17  05:23  MISSISSAUGA, ON  Item processed
        
    2019/01/16  11:12  BARRIE, ON       Item has been returned and is enroute to the Sender
        
    2019/01/16  07:44  BARRIE, ON       Verifying recipient's address; Possible delay
        
    2019/01/16  07:17  BARRIE, ON       Item out for delivery
         
    2019/01/16  05:52  BARRIE, ON       Item processed
        
    2019/01/15  17:36  MISSISSAUGA, ON  Item processed
        
    2019/01/15  10:28  MISSISSAUGA, ON  Item was released by Customs and is now with Canada Post for processing
        
    2019/01/15  10:26  MISSISSAUGA, ON  Item has arrived in Canada and was sent for further processing.
        
    2018/12/30  16:53  PLWAWA, Poland   International item has left originating country and is en route to Canada
        
    2018/12/30  08:39  PLWAWA, Poland   International item processed in originating country
        
    2018/12/17  10:44  PL57200, Poland  International item mailed in originating country


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    WOW!!!

    at least it wasnt on Steelthorne, I was starting to think they screwed you over

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigpapa View Post
    WOW!!!

    at least it wasnt on Steelthorne, I was starting to think they screwed you over
    Ya normally I'd be thinking the very same thing, but this guy has been nothing but honest and cooperative since the beginning, so I have grown to trust him. Can't wait to see them... at least 2 more months from now.


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    Omg I wish it wasn't illegal to beat up Canada Post employees - well... just ONE of them at least - the jackazz who bounced a fully labelled shipment from f*n POLAND to Canada, without even bothering to take five f*n seconds to call the number on the label to confirm the address. WHO DOES THAT?!

    Anyway, bars finally landed BACK in Poland again, and buddy said he is shipping them again, this time with a PRINTED address label I emailed him, to help any Canada Post employees along the way dealing with similar social and mental challenges as the first idiot.

    The saga continues...


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    Quote Originally Posted by NoSetFine View Post
    Omg I wish it wasn't illegal to beat up Canada Post employees - well... just ONE of them at least - the jackazz who bounced a fully labelled shipment from f*n POLAND to Canada, without even bothering to take five f*n seconds to call the number on the label to confirm the address. WHO DOES THAT?!

    Anyway, bars finally landed BACK in Poland again, and buddy said he is shipping them again, this time with a PRINTED address label I emailed him, to help any Canada Post employees along the way dealing with similar social and mental challenges as the first idiot.

    The saga continues...
    No one would likely understand your frustration as much as I NSF. Its difficult to be patient and understanding sometimes, but patience is truly a virtue, and it always pays off tremendously in the end. I hope you have your handle bars in your possession soon enough Bro.😊👍👍🏾👊🏾👊😊

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUDAH-9 View Post
    No one would likely understand your frustration as much as I NSF. Its difficult to be patient and understanding sometimes, but patience is truly a virtue, and it always pays off tremendously in the end. I hope you have your handle bars in your possession soon enough Bro.😊👍👍🏾👊🏾👊😊
    The voice of Reason, my peaceful riding friend! I agree and appreciate your even-keeled perspectives. I was once told to just ask myself in times of frustration with others, "Do you not think that they are probably just trying to do the best they can?"

    Sometimes it just seems impossible to me that the deplorable effort being displayed could ever be considered their best. I need to keep reminding myself, when dealing with those who cause me stress, "When this is over, I can just go home; they need to be them their entire lives."


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    Quote Originally Posted by NoSetFine View Post
    The voice of Reason, my peaceful riding friend! I agree and appreciate your even-keeled perspectives. I was once told to just ask myself in times of frustration with others, "Do you not think that they are probably just trying to do the best they can?"

    Sometimes it just seems impossible to me that the deplorable effort being displayed could ever be considered their best. I need to keep reminding myself, when dealing with those who cause me stress, "When this is over, I can just go home; they need to be them their entire lives."
    Words well spoken/shared Bro. Sometimes it’s just as simple as...we’re all human and prone to making mistakes from time to time. However, I’ve learned that a bit of mercy goes a long way...for both parties.

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    Update. After weeks of nagging with unanswered emails and IG posts ending with my demand: Tracking number or a Refund by this Friday... oh! well waddayaknow, I finally get an email response.

    No apology or explanation - not even one in Polish which he knows I can translate - just a picture of the shipping label showing he shipped it yesterday.

    Let's hope Canada Post can figure it out this time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NoSetFine View Post
    Update. After weeks of nagging with unanswered emails and IG posts ending with my demand: Tracking number or a Refund by this Friday... oh! well waddayaknow, I finally get an email response.

    No apology or explanation - not even one in Polish which he knows I can translate - just a picture of the shipping label showing he shipped it yesterday.

    Let's hope Canada Post can figure it out this time.

    Hopefully you get the correct ones. That was painful

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingCircus View Post
    Hopefully you get the correct ones. That was painful

    Lol, I know, right? I thought the same thing - this hunk of metal will finally arrive... and not fit. bwaahahaha.
    That would be how it usually goes for me.


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    Well, after travelling about 21,000km (13,000mi) from Poland and back...twice... it finally arrived! (Or "they" finally arrived..? Is one handlebars singular or plural? Ha.)

    They seem *very* heavy, although I don't know what a stock set might weigh, and best I can figure by holding them up next to stock, is the angles look like they could hopefully be right. The finish seems clean and professional and all the holes and fittings I asked for are as requested. The fatty pipes looook suhweeeet! I see I will need to waterproof the cable holes once it is mounted, but otherwise I am hopeful it fits. Unfortunately I won't know until this Fall again.

    ...now to find a set of cables!
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    Will be nice to see once you get them on. Hidden cables gonna look sweet.

    For cables, check Fortnine.ca

    I got a great deal on sale 3" over stainless

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingCircus View Post
    Will be nice to see once you get them on. Hidden cables gonna look sweet.

    For cables, check Fortnine.ca

    I got a great deal on sale 3" over stainless
    Hey thanks for the tip - I have been scouring the 'net looking for options on those. I didn't think "full retail" would even be a reasonable option, but I like Fortnine so I will check them out.


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