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Old 06-30-2013, 06:20 AM   #46
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No!

When they get bent its a nightmare to remove/mount. Getting them straight is another nightmare.

Unless you go road rash, these wont protect much, a sharp rock can puncture one of the tanks even with bars.

They also add significat weight.

One positive aspect: they can be great grabbing handles when you manage to get yourself and bike in a f#cked up place and need an extra hand.
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:58 AM   #47
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Any one try the happy trail bars? Look nicely made- designed......
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Old 06-30-2013, 02:33 PM   #48
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No!

When they get bent its a nightmare to remove/mount. Getting them straight is another nightmare.


Unless you go road rash, these wont protect much, a sharp rock can puncture one of the tanks even with bars.

They also add significat weight.

One positive aspect: they can be great grabbing handles when you manage to get yourself and bike in a f#cked up place and need an extra hand.

That's true. I needed a quick clamp (the ratcheting kind) in order to get my right side bar bolted up again. Hopefully it doesn't have to come off again, or else I might cut it, bend it, and reweld it.
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:13 PM   #49
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Not anymore, :) My logical side won out and I took them off. I'd rather get some scratches and break a tank than bend the frame or mess up a ton of other stuff. For paved rides I may throw them back on, but out here it was a joy not having them on today!

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Old 11-05-2013, 03:29 PM   #50
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Stiffening the chassis

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had them on, had them off. Currently off, as they seem to be the culprit of resonating vibration, these are the full wrap around type.
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:02 PM   #51
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Yep! Use them as well.

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Old 11-05-2013, 04:03 PM   #52
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I don't know how you guys could know that the crashbars were the ones, that actually protected your tanks in a getoff, or it could've been fine anyway.. The tanks/fairing are quite expensive, but:

- I hit a tree at about 30mph, had one of the brake disks, lower triple, front subframe bent (twisting the fairing more than a bit - but they went back to their shape after unbolting them from the subframe), broke the steering limiter off the frame, still the plastic parts all survived - only the paint came off here and there.
- Dropped the bike on all kind of terrain (rocks, sand, mud, trees, bushes, tar, Moon, etc.) more than I could count, and the tanks/fairings are only scratched, but none of them are broken.
- I only have the 990's tank protectors hacked to suite the 950.

I'm not saying that it's better without the crash bars, I'm just saying that after the shit hits the fan, it's hard to tell if the bars would have, or would have not saved the situation.. You can crack the tanks with or without the bars, break the engine case with the bar (probably without as well), bend the frame with or without the bar, etc..

I was fine without the bars for the past 30k kms, but it's possible that next time I fall I'll crack the tanks.. Maybe if I bought the bars, I'd bend the frame.. You can never know, so IMO it's no need to sweat it. Use them if you believe it's better with them, lose them if you're ok without them. But they're not essential, many of us can tell you that, based on our lots of combined getoffs and miles.
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:19 PM   #53
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I'm in the no bars camp. From what I understand the stock tanks are pretty burly. The tanks on my old 640 and 310 took one hell of a beating with no problems off road. On road I can see the advantages but it just isn't worth the weight and hassle for me. I would like to add some carbon kevlar glue ons like previously mentioned but that is down the road.

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Old 11-05-2013, 04:42 PM   #54
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After wasting time on threads that give no objective information, this one is a breath of fresh air!

Count me in the no crash bars camp. I am in the camp that feels that the tanks with plastic protectors are pretty darn tuff. But I would note that I buy full coverage insurance which would cover some of the cost of a new/used tank.

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Old 11-05-2013, 04:50 PM   #55
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Crash bars for sure.

Ill deal with the few lbs my crash bars weigh. I don't feel any strange vibration and I don't care about scratching my bike, but do like bouncing them off trees or other obstacles.
Putting the studs in on the lower mounts makes removal and install a piece of cake.



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Old 11-05-2013, 04:59 PM   #56
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Crash Bars? +
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:21 PM   #57
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Thumb You guys talked me out of getting them.

Personally I like the look of them, and was ready to order some but eh, the argument against just saved me some dough.
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:26 PM   #58
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No been down twice no major damage just some rash
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Old 11-05-2013, 10:43 PM   #59
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I have been down countless times with and without crash bars. Conclusion... Don't need them, don't want them. Bike looks and feels better without.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:54 PM   #60
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Had a decent wreck recently... Still in the no bars category, :)



$19 to replace this is perfect. My broken kneecap, however, takes a bit more, lol! (Must remember to not be an IDIOT all the time...)
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