i lose respect for anyone that has a go at people with riser and bar ends.
it is like some kinda of sheep mentality, that only the people in the know, know not to mix them. So if you do, you are some idiot and should be scoffed at, just because everyone else scoffs at it.
It's purely aesthetic. The combination just looks wrong
to so many people. Myself included. Nothing to do with sheep or herds or what the magazines said BITD. It didn't look right then, and nothing in 16-17 years has corrected that to a lot of us.
Lets be honest, a lot of people ride an STS over an LTS because of the looks - the LTS (and I'm happy to take the flak) was and is the less good looking more hardcore older sibling. It took the knocks that the STS couldn't, but the STS traded that off with stunning looks. I'm sure that to a lot of people the bar ends and riser combo spoils those great looks.
All in my own humble opinion, of course.