If you were worried a 2-in.-taller handlebar on the FTR would be too tall, you should have been worried. It’s actually better than the original bar both on the trail and the street for average-height people (Ryan and I are both 5’8 ”), and its width is a nice compromise between control and in-town not-too wideness. What’s missing from the Rally, on the left grip, are the controls for the traction control, since it has none (nor the touch-controllable TFT display found on the “S” version of the FTR).
In off-road use, that lack of TC along with the bike’s massive off-idle thrust, means that judicious throttle control should be one of the tools already in your bag. If you whack open the FTR’s ripsnorting engine in first gear you better be paying attention. In second gear, you could still high-side yourself in a straight line or off the side of the mountain, and probably also in third. Luckily, all that power and torque is delivered linearly, with no flat spots or surges to surprise you. You’ll note all the off-road photos are of young Ryan on the FTR, who’s going through his dirt phase. He was a big fan of how easy it was to steer the Rally with its back tire.