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Old 08-24-2011, 08:03 PM   #1
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tiger 800xc crash bars

I am getting ready to bend up a set of crash bars to protect the engine, tank and radiator and was hoping to get some of you with bars to post up pics of your installed bars to help knock the cobwebs loose so I can get started.

If you can include the diameter of the tubing and what you think could be improved that would be cool. Not a vendor, just a guy with a bender wasting away in the garage

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Old 08-25-2011, 05:05 PM   #2
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There are great pics of the Motech on the Twisted Throttle website. I did a good bit of looking and those are what I went with. The only others that provided similar coverage were the Hebco's and they consisted of two parts per side and were significantly more complex for no increase in protection.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:18 PM   #3
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One of the best options for crash bars is the Holan bars. They go for 250 bucks and protect engine and sides of radiator.









If you already have the stock crash bars then adding a Touratech upper crash bar/radiator guard will accomplish the same thing. They go for 196 bucks and look pretty cool in conjunction with the stock crash bar.

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Old 11-14-2012, 10:46 PM   #4
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This is a new product from Altrider. They look really beafy (1" stainless tubing). They are not cheap, though.

http://www.altrider.com/altrider-cra...0xc/pcid/703-3
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:24 AM   #5
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How beefy are bars makes no difference, it is mount system that matters.
Setup from ALT have same kind of mount as Hepco bars. And those are known to break cylinder wall with top mount. Generally - on those bars mount system is totally inadequate for this tubing.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:19 AM   #6
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How beefy are bars makes no difference, it is mount system that matters.
Setup from ALT have same kind of mount as Hepco bars. And those are known to break cylinder wall with top mount. Generally - on those bars mount system is totally inadequate for this tubing.
They also leave the engine exposed. Poor design over all i think. Not ridiculous like Happy Trails but they could have done better.

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Old 11-15-2012, 12:23 PM   #7
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How beefy are bars makes no difference, it is mount system that matters.
Setup from ALT have same kind of mount as Hepco bars. And those are known to break cylinder wall with top mount. Generally - on those bars mount system is totally inadequate for this tubing.
According to Altrider's webpage:

"100% made in the USA, these Tiger bars utilize the strongest mounting points the bike has to offer. Like all AltRider engineered crash bars, these will fit seamlessly without any grinding or bending on your part. Unlike other crash bars, we don’t use flanges or weak tabs and are not hung, they’re actually mounted."

Of course what they claim in their ad may not be absolutely correct.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:39 PM   #8
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According to Altrider's webpage:

"100% made in the USA, these Tiger bars utilize the strongest mounting points the bike has to offer. Like all AltRider engineered crash bars, these will fit seamlessly without any grinding or bending on your part. Unlike other crash bars, we don’t use flanges or weak tabs and are not hung, they’re actually mounted."

Of course what they claim in their ad may not be absolutely correct.
They make good stuff and i doubt there will be a problem but that said i don't think its a well thought out design.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:55 PM   #9
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The Happy-Trail Nerf Bars provide the best protection,IMHO







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Old 11-15-2012, 07:28 PM   #10
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A good design offers good protection and also compliments the ascetics of the motorcycle. Functionality is one consideration but style is another.

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Old 11-16-2012, 12:11 AM   #11
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Yes. Happy Trails indeed well thought and made good. Just ugly. Usually this would not bother me but...I must admit. 800XC is my first ever brand-new bike, I always had second hands or ex-demo before. I can't force myself to make it ugly :) so I went with Triumph bars + Touratech tank bars :)
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:24 AM   #12
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Yes. Happy Trails indeed well thought and made good. Just ugly.
If I'm going that far, I would just put on outriggers.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:06 AM   #13
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:57 PM   #14
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Yes. Happy Trails indeed well thought and made good. Just ugly. Usually this would not bother me but...I must admit. 800XC is my first ever brand-new bike, I always had second hands or ex-demo before. I can't force myself to make it ugly :) so I went with Triumph bars + Touratech tank bars :)
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....
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:21 PM   #15
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Happy Trails, while (in my experience) strong and utilitarian, never seems to give a thought to aesthetics. I know most dual-sports are kinda ugly anyway, but why make em uglier if you don't have to.

I don't have a pic to post, but I put GIVI bars on my Tiger 800. They mount to the cylinder mount in front, and to the rear engine mount behind the footpegs in the rear. I haven't tested them, but they look like they would protect the engine well enough. The radiator/tank shrouds, maybe not so much. I think I paid 180 or so for mine. They just baaaaarely fit behind the shifter linkage.
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