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Spitfire Scrambler Handlebars
« on: 16.11. 2018 04:54 »
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I have acquired, from the PO, the original western handlebars complete with cable guides for my Spitfire Scrambler. A little bit dull and cruddy but may polish up ok. I thought this would be a straight forward change-over but it looks like most of the cables will be too short as it’s currently fitted with flatter road bars and cables to suit. Bugger!
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Re: Spitfire Scrambler Handlebars
« Reply #1 on: 16.11. 2018 19:10 »
G'day Pete.
According to my parts book.
Throttle cable 42-8766
Clutch cable 42-8797
F brake 42-880
Ignition Adv/Ret if fitted 42-8804
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Re: Spitfire Scrambler Handlebars
« Reply #2 on: 16.11. 2018 21:37 »
Thanks for the part numbers Musky. I’ve ordered a parts book which will be invaluable.
I’m not sure about these bars. In a comfortable position I don’t like the look side-on, they look too far forward (how they are set  in most of the photos I’ve looked at) But when pulled back so the vertical (rise) of the bar is on the same plane as the forks they may be too close to be comfortable. Looks good though!
I guess I’ll get the original, longer cables so I can ride it and decide.
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Re: Spitfire Scrambler Handlebars
« Reply #3 on: 17.11. 2018 06:43 »
Quite like the look of these bars too but not sure of the rise & pullback measurements.
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Re: Spitfire Scrambler Handlebars
« Reply #4 on: 17.11. 2018 10:37 »
G'day Pete.
Just a tad wide for my liking but the shape is nice.
If using the longer cables on the road bars you can rout them to the other side of the steering head to use up the excess length.
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Re: Spitfire Scrambler Handlebars
« Reply #5 on: 17.11. 2018 10:39 »
After trying many different styles of bars I ended up fitting Notrun Commando bars to my SR and Sunbeam S7D. I had the stainless type and they give a really comfortable riding position. Only trouble was that stainless tube seems to be ever so slightly larger than 7/8" chromed so the twistgrip tubes needed a little fettling. Possibly the tube went a little oval after being in the bending machine.

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Re: Spitfire Scrambler Handlebars
« Reply #6 on: 18.11. 2018 00:54 »
G’day again, whether I use the original western bars I have or the lower, wider ones pictured above I’ll need a longer (stock) clutch and brake cable. The throttle and A/R cables look long enough.
I found a NOS brake cable
(42-8802 for use with western bars) on eBay and a NOS clutch cable (42-8797) from Baxter. Just need to make sure at 57” it’s long enough. I’ll have to take mine off and measure it for a comparison.

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Re: Spitfire Scrambler Handlebars
« Reply #7 on: 16.12. 2018 20:43 »
Decided to go with these bars. A bit lower and wider than the standard western bars but seem comfortable. Personally  I like the look and they only required a longer front brake cable.
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