There are two main advantages. First, the bars are straighter, so your fists aren't pointed outward when your riding - this is even more important if you stand up at all when you are riding. I also think the bars are a little wider (can't remember that for sure though).
Second, it allows you to place the bars/grips about 1" higher and 1" back, which makes a much bigger different than you would think.
The bars are wider. The Rox risers give a lot of forward/backward adjustability. The Fly Aero bars can also be rotated a little bit for custom placement. I really do like the feel of them better then the factory bars. I just did this post last Sunday.
its funny how opinions change when you become familiar with something, one of the reasons i wasnt interested in the grizzly a while back, was because i couldnt get past the handel bars, i thought they were too tall, and looked funny..... then i seen the aftermarket set ups, and i got the noticing, daaaayum, once u get rid of those silly grizzly bars and put on a after market set it totally changes the look of the bike, so then i got very interested in the grizzly with thoughts that an after market set of bars would be my very first purchase....... fast forward to the night i walked into my garage for the first time and seen my grizzly.... i actually like the regular grizzly bars i dont think it takes away from the look at all, and they dont seem to sweep up as high as they use to or something, i still love the look of the after market ones and if i ever did switch them up if would just be for a change of scenery or for a bit more functionality, But i no longer feel i have to change the bars to make it look good
I prefer the look of the stock bars by quite a bit. But if something makes you a better rider, and more comfortable, I don't care what it looks like. $165 is a good price, id I had the money this second they'd be in their way!
That's tough for me to answer as it's been years since I sat on a machine with stock bars other than my 16 . But one would think they'd be close to the same . If it was not for that 3rd light those blue bars would be on my 16 .
Yes, my account mysteriously vanished. CoToMo (I think that's right) had the same happen. Maybe even some more I thought I heard. So I stated a new account with the same username.
It all worked out good, I ordered gunmetal aero bars ($60) and black 5"risers for ($92). I think the gunmetal aero will look great with the matte silver. I may powdercoat the risers. I'll make the switch plate, I need one bigger than the one rox offers anyway. If these for work with my snorkels they will be for sale.
For anyone on a budget, rox has some old style (new) risers for $49.99 OBO, and you could get 7/8 aluminum fly bars ($38) or fly steel bars ($20) the crossbar would likely block the view of the speedo sitting down (thanks BDSNJ for the info on that) but for $70 at the most that's a minor inconvenience. After some research on bars I would only run the 7/8 aluminum for easy trail riding. These prices are all new items on ebay.