Crash Bars On Your F650 / F800

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by markymcd, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. Lucifer666

    Lucifer666 Been here awhile

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    I tested my Touratech crashbars yesterday. I crashed the bike when crossing train tracks. My front wheel slipped and hit the asphalt at 40 km/h.

    Damage to the bike:
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    Those touratech pannier racks protected my rear very good.

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    A close up:

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  2. EmanP

    EmanP Adventurer

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    Doesn't look like it did that great a job of protecting the plastic.
  3. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    They did a pretty good job. Only cosmetic so definitely a win. In a lot of the videos of people checking their crash bars they lay the bike on its side on some carpet and the plastic doesn't touch. Of course in a real fall things happen differently and many times the wheels end up in the air or the ground isn't flat. One of the reasons I like Adventure Spec bars. They go way up the sides and mine have scratches and gouges at the very top that would certainly be on the plastic. The downside is they can touch you knees if you have long legs and some folks don't like the looks. Where the tracks at an angle to the road, I hat those crossings!



  4. InTheMuck

    InTheMuck So it goes...

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    Agreed that not all crashes are simple lay-downs...but what does the last sentence mean? I get that hat = hate, but still don't understand :huh

    Edit to say never mind! I get it now. I didn't read the reason for Lucifer's crash closely enough the first time.
  5. loph917

    loph917 Beard Bros Racing

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    +1 for adv spec. multiple 'downs'. the last one landed me in the hospital with four ribs no longer in an optimum configuration.

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    jesse's also offered impact protection and save expensive plastic bits
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    however i do not recommend the instrument cluster as crash protection
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    urine cup even survived if not a little 'out of wack'
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  6. InTheMuck

    InTheMuck So it goes...

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    Dang man! Getting out of that with just some misconfigured ribs is a win in my book! :eek1
  7. Andres Tamez

    Andres Tamez Adventurer

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    This is my 2012 F800 GS Trophy with Wild @ Heart crash bars in Mexico City[​IMG]
  8. Andres Tamez

    Andres Tamez Adventurer

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  9. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    You know those crossings where the rails cross the road at an angle. Can be tricky, especially when wet. Can't type with these mini-keyboards...


  10. InTheMuck

    InTheMuck So it goes...

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    Yep, took me a while to figure it out but I got there! I agree, those slanted RR crossings can can be tricky.

    Cool to see you on here Motoriley. I've watched all of your YouTube videos and just picked up a f800gs of my very own. :clap

    To the group - It sounds like most people are happy with the bars they have...Altrider, SW-motech, Givi, Holan, Adv Spec, etc. Early on it seemed like some brands took a long time to ship, but I am guessing that isn't so bad now? Are there any particular companies that ship quicker than others? I am interested in getting some installed in a week if possible.
  11. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    just look around on the internet and take a look to the shipping delay. Otherwise you can find some on ebay from professionals.
  12. Lucifer666

    Lucifer666 Been here awhile

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    I wrote a little report about the crash on the train tracks, you can read everything here :wink::
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=801926
  13. InTheMuck

    InTheMuck So it goes...

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    I ended up ordering the SW-Motechs from Twisted Throttle. They arrived extremely fast, installed easily, feel solid and look great! :clap

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bgladding/7474582630/" title="GS-3 by B Glad, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7252/7474582630_9b1b408d3b.jpg" width="500" height="384" alt="GS-3"></a>
  14. GSriderMike

    GSriderMike The Lone Wanderer

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    After being tossed up & completely lost in the different crash bars, I think I've finally settled on the GIVI's. But do you know if they will work with the BMW Bash Plate? I hope they do, if not I don't know what the heck I'll get instead. Also do they bolt up to the engine or to the two empty holes in the engine area? Do they offer fender protection? Thanks! :clap
  15. Calgary06

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    I've got the Givi's on my 800 with a MOD skid plate (not that it helps you with the BMW one).
    Easy install. It took me about a beer's worth of time with no extra parts left over at the end of the process.
    Protection wise they have worked better than I expected. A couple of good 'incidents' and I have only minor scuffing of the paint...more than likely from my body on it's way to the ground. The only parts to touch dirt are the hand guards, Givi's and the foot pegs - on flat ground - gently lowered with loving affection...
    I have, on the other hand, bent the bejeezus out of them and cracked one of the welds. The flat mounting plates on the upper right side are now wonderfully curved. Why I always fall to the right I haven't figured out yet. I used a sledge hammer to even out the left and right sides and all is good again until a new set arrives. They also work very well for leg rests on long highway stints and are great mounting points for lights or cameras.
    Money well spent in my opinion.
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  16. Manventure

    Manventure Been here awhile

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    I am a SW-Motech, MOD Skidplate fan. I have used both extensively!!!!
  17. GSriderMike

    GSriderMike The Lone Wanderer

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    Got one more question, are the bars hollow? Or just a thick wall?

    Thanks Paul... Lots of great info! Think you just solidified my purchase, also found out they work with the BMW bash plate too!

    Givi's for the win! :clap
  18. Calgary06

    Calgary06 Been here awhile

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    They're hollow.
    I've got another set on order already but thought I'd try crashing one more time with the current ones.
    I like the fact that these ones (aside from looking the best...) are far enough away from bodywork that when they do get bent no metal touches plastic. Would other bars have fared better in my particular crash at the speed I was going and on the same rutted dirt road...perhaps but probably not.
    Still cheaper than new plastics.







    and they look the best.:amazon
  19. roadspirit

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    They fit with the BMW plate, a friend has installed them both. I'm not sure as per the bolt points, can't remember ...
  20. abnslr

    abnslr rides a motorcycle

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    I've got the SW Motechs. I had a zero-speed stall-and-drop at a very uneven intersection a week or so ago, and the extent of the damage was scraping the finish on the engine bars. I think they've already paid for themselves.