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Garage Finds | 909 Handlebars


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Who remembers these bad boys? In the mid-1990s, FMF Racing President Don Emler and former 250 World Champion Danny LaPorte launched a brand of motorcycle handlebars, grips, and control parts as a fun side project. As far as handlebars go, 909 offered these 7/8″ bars, as well as an oversized version that was private-labeled by Easton, the same brand that made the original Pro Taper handlebar back then. Both bars were of excellent quality, and I remember running the 909 oversized bar almost exclusively on my MXRacer Magazine test bikes because I loved their bend, feel, and appearance. 

909 also produced some pretty great grips, which featured the 909 logo in the palm area and made of softer-durometer rubber. They were slim in feel and had great vibration dampening qualities. Aftermarket replacement levers were next, and for the most part, 909 was doing great! Ultimately, however, 909 was put to rest when some changes in the marketplace changed the demand for aftermarket handlebars…

“909 was a side company that my dad and Danny LaPorte started to offer control items for dirt bikes,” says Donnie Emler Jr. “The name for the brand stemmed from the area code in which all of the teams and racers were based in the SoCal hotbed of motocross, We ended up shutting 909 down so that we could better focus on FMF and our core products. Also at this time, Renthal began to supply manufacturers with aluminum handlebars and this drove the demand for aftermarket handlebars down. We had fun, made great products, but ultimately wanted to focus on FMF Racing.”

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Donn Maeda

Donn Maeda is a 30-year veteran in moto-journalism, having worked at Cycle News and Dirt Rider before launching MXracer Magazine and TransWorld Motocross Magazine. Maeda is the Editor-In-Chief at Swapmoto Live and you can catch him on a dirt bike or in the saddle of a mountain bike on most days.

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