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Horn button hits tank

Hi all. So I bought my ninja in April, and ever since the day I bought it, the horn button has hit the tank when the handlebars are fully locked to the left. Not a huge deal, but obviously scares the bejeebers out of me when I'm trying to park it sometimes. The previous owner assures me that it didn't do it while he rode it, and that the handlebars are NOT bent. I've been reading on here that the stock handlebars tend to be easily bent when dropped. Previous owner says he dropped it once, and the side of the fairing was a little scuffed up on that side. Unfortunately, I dropped it my first day riding it, and I believe it fell over on the opposite side of the previous accident, because now both sides have small scuffs on them. The bars appear pretty symmetrical at this time, but looking at pictures of the stock bars leads me to believe they are straight. Is it improbable that both bars are bent equally? Sorry about the poor picture quality... my poor little flip phone tries its best lol
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you must have bent your bars...the horn button doesn't hit the tank. I can get a finger (granted, my fingers are smaller) between the button and the tank at full lock.

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Hi all. So I bought my ninja in April, and ever since the day I bought it, the horn button has hit the tank when the handlebars are fully locked to the left. Not a huge deal, but obviously scares the bejeebers out of me when I'm trying to park it sometimes. The previous owner assures me that it didn't do it while he rode it, and that the handlebars are NOT bent. I've been reading on here that the stock handlebars tend to be easily bent when dropped. Previous owner says he dropped it once, and the side of the fairing was a little scuffed up on that side. Unfortunately, I dropped it my first day riding it, and I believe it fell over on the opposite side of the previous accident, because now both sides have small scuffs on them. The bars appear pretty symmetrical at this time, but looking at pictures of the stock bars leads me to believe they are straight. Is it improbable that both bars are bent equally? Sorry about the poor picture quality... my poor little flip phone tries its best lol
Personally, both handle bars appear to be bent.
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Personally, both handle bars appear to be bent.
That's what it looks like to me also.
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That's what it looks like to me also.
Agreed, looks bent to me.
But the previous owner said the bars didn't get bent. No one would ever be slightly dishonest in order to make a sale, right?
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yep, took a closer look and another pic. Look at the relationship of your right bar to your tank and then look at mine in the pic. Your bars are bent in quite a bit.
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drew an approximate line as to where your bar should be..your throttle grip should bump up to the yellow line.
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Wow, thanks everybody. I've never seen another ninja 300 in person to know what they should look like. They really are bent quite a bit. Now to decide whether it's worth replacing them or just deal with it...
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and one more..yellow line is approximate line where your clutch side grip should bump up to.

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I've never seen another ninja 300 in person to know what they should look like.
if you look closely at my bike you can see the straight line relationship between the bars / grips and where they mount. That's what they're supposed to look like.

Don't feel too bad about dropping the bike...everyone does it at one time or another.

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