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Old 06-30-2014, 04:34 PM   #1
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Happy Trails Crash Bars - '14 GSW

About half the price of AltRider or Touratech's lower and upper combo.

Any reason why I shouldn't buy these bars?

http://www.happy-trail.com/BMW-R1200...ne-Guards.aspx.
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:14 PM   #2
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If you like the finish, go for it.
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:16 PM   #3
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Be careful

I bought a set of crash bars from Happy Trails for my wife's F650 GS and they were very poorly constructed, they did not fit properly, and the return process was despicable. I would not buy anything from these folks- EVER!
I have purchased numerous items for her bike and my GSA-W from Alt Rider, including the replacement crash bars for her bike and all of the items fit perfectly, are constructed well, and are made in the USA. Their products, in my experience, are superior and well worth the price.

Caveat emptor...
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:22 PM   #4
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While I can't vouch for HT products for GSs (I really don't like the hammermetal finish), I put their stuff onto my KLR about 6 years back (crash bars, bash plate,and footrests). Everything fit fine and I had no issues with it. They were very nice on the phone when I spoke to them before ordering.
As they say, YMMV.
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Old 06-30-2014, 06:05 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. I'm not worried about the finish. I have a friend who's a powder coater.

Quality is a different story. I've already read several complaints on the KLR forum, but high marks on the Tiger forum. Very little info on the GS forums though.

I'm trying to be efficient with cash, but the needle is starting to point toward a higher $ mark.
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:44 PM   #6
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This might help

Here is a link that might help you decide. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=958437
My experience with Altrider has been the same as this gentleman's. Absolute first quality. Well worth every penny.
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:19 AM   #7
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JC I just order a set of bars from HP, I'll give a review on the lot after they get here. We shall see. Cheers
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:56 PM   #8
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C-bars

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Old 07-01-2014, 12:59 PM   #9
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I have a HT SU rack, panniers and crash bars on my F800GSA. I purchased from HT because there are limited options for the new Adventure model. I had to return my crash bars after they sent me the non Adventure model and it was painless. Ed sent me a label and it was off the next day. As far as fit I haven't seen an issue with them. I tested the crash bars on a 90 mile off road trip and dropped it once. The only damage was a small scratch on the right side bar. I like the finish and the price. If I had unlimited funding I would go with AltRider, but you can't beat sub $400 crash bars that work.
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