Chris, I know what you mean about owner statements. One of the machines I saw was a resto I looked at at the Wauseon, the owner telling me he was sure that it was original to the machine, original paint before the resto and never been apart, but who knows. The other was a machine I saw on the road, absolutely perfect appearing low mileage original,family history never wrecked etc. The bar I am refering to is the same width as the bars above, only an inch or two long, directly below the dished area for headlamp clearance. Not sure when they were originaly mounted but 53 and 54 models all seem to have it.