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Old 11-16-2012, 02:26 PM   #16
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Agreed, while the HT bars aren't as svelte as some of the other options, I don't think they're bad looking. And considering the amount of protection they provide for the price, I don't think they're a bad choice at all. If we're critiquing the way crash bars look, I think the Hepco upper bars are the least appealing--they make the bike look like it's wearing a retainer. But in any case, if you're looking for sex appeal in your motorcycle, then you're barking up the wrong tree with a dual sport/ADV bike. Sure, WE like them, but our views aren't exactly objective here.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:19 PM   #17
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The Happy Trails racks would be impressive if one of you made them in your garage. I would say bravo excellent work!! But for commercial guards they have a hobby shop type look to them. They are 250 bucks the same price as the Holan guards but don't wrap around the bike like the Holan bars. The Holans represent better quality and more professional workmanship. When they are the same price why not go for the better choice?

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Old 11-16-2012, 06:58 PM   #18
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I agree the Holans look nice and for the same price I would opt for them over the HTs too. Only thing is that the Holans are only available for pre-order from the link you posted, and it looks like their previous US distributor gave up on them. http://holanusa.com/ While the end product may be good, what little I've seen about their business practices don't inspire confidence.

FWIW, I'm leaning towards the SW Motech crash bars myself.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:08 PM   #19
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I agree the Holans look nice and for the same price I would opt for them over the HTs too. Only thing is that the Holans are only available for pre-order from the link you posted, and it looks like their previous US distributor gave up on them. http://holanusa.com/ While the end product may be good, what little I've seen about their business practices don't inspire confidence.

FWIW, I'm leaning towards the SW Motech crash bars myself.
The new distributor has a thread on advrider. You do have a valid concern. Once you order you'll probably have to wait longer for the product.

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Old 11-18-2012, 06:24 PM   #20
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The Happy Trails racks would be impressive if one of you made them in your garage. I would say bravo excellent work!! But for commercial guards they have a hobby shop type look to them. They are 250 bucks the same price as the Holan guards but don't wrap around the bike like the Holan bars. The Holans represent better quality and more professional workmanship. When they are the same price why not go for the better choice?

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It's function over form for me! The Holan guards provide little tank protection.....too each thier own
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:51 PM   #21
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Just like the police; crashbars are there to "Protect and Serve".




If pretty mattered there wouldn't be any tankbags, top boxes or V-Stroms....
Agree. But one way of another Triumph bars way better for purely engine protection than anything else including HT or Holans. And for me it is motor that matters most, because plastic panel on tank side cost 35 euro and have no effect on function if crushed.
So I am OK to live with questionable tank side panels protection but solid motor protection and quite good radiator protection (check Touratech tank bars). Still, if not for already made choice on my bike (Triumph + touratech) I'd go for HT or Holans.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:39 AM   #22
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Agree. But one way of another Triumph bars way better for purely engine protection than anything else including HT or Holans. And for me it is motor that matters most, because plastic panel on tank side cost 35 euro and have no effect on function if crushed.
So I am OK to live with questionable tank side panels protection but solid motor protection and quite good radiator protection (check Touratech tank bars). Still, if not for already made choice on my bike (Triumph + touratech) I'd go for HT or Holans.
I agree i'm going to add the Touratech upper bar later on. But if you don't already have the Triumph bar and just want one the Holan bar makes the most since (if willing to wait for it). Also you can always replace the plastics if you want with carbon fiber if your worried about it.



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Old 05-13-2013, 04:45 PM   #23
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I would vote Happy Trails. I had them and they were nice and doubled as extended foot pegs on those long stretches. Yippe Ki Ye Mofos!
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:30 PM   #24
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I've got the SW-MOTECH bars, but I have to admit, I really like those Holans.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:17 PM   #25
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I've got the SW-MOTECH bars, but I have to admit, I really like those Holans.
I really like the SW Motech bars too... i won't be doing much of offroading other than dirt roads with this bike. How have they treated you so far?? Would you buy again?
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:36 PM   #26
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Are the Holan bars compatible with the Altrider bash plate?

If I had it to do all over I would of ordered these:
http://www.adventure-spec.com/defaul...and-800xc.html

I already installed a Altrider bash plate and Adventure Spec could not confirm their bars would fit with the bash plate I have. Wished I just would of ordered the bash plate and crash bars from AS.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:03 PM   #27
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I have the AltRider bash plate and bars. Field tested them last weekend.... No issues.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:21 AM   #28
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I have the AltRider bash plate and bars. Field tested them last weekend.... No issues.
Are you using Altrider or Holan crash bars?
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:23 AM   #29
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Very happy with my HB's, they also double as a nice hiway peg mount

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Old 08-22-2013, 09:55 PM   #30
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Are you using Altrider or Holan crash bars?
AltRider crash bars.

Let me know if you want to take a look.
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