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  • n. Any handlebars on a motorcycle positioned higher than the rider's shoulders.


ape + hangers (Wiktionary)


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  • "Apes or Ape Hangers - 1. Handlebars that are very high, and which often raise the rider's hands above his or her shoulders. High handlebars so Biker's hands are at or above their shoulder height. Refers to a handlebar style where the handgrips are located at a higher position, so as to enable the rider's arms to 'hang'. Picture Clyde from 'Every Which Way but Loose' and you'll get a perfect understanding of the riding position."
    - The Motorcycle Bikers Dictionary.

    Also an illustrative photo on that page.

    April 2, 2009