Crash Bars On Your F650 / F800

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

  1. chrisjk

    chrisjk Been here awhile

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    I tried the SW Motech bars - they didn't fit - see the cross piece misalignment below. I got zero satisfaction from the dealer or SW Motech regarding a replacement so got my money back and spent it on Adventure spec bars - much better IMHO and a perfect fit. Their quality is head and shouders above the SW Motech bars as are the fasteners that come with them. SW Motech fasteners seem to be made from cheese. The button headed bolts deformed very easily and I had to grind one off in orer to remove it as the allen key hole had become circular whilst tightening to the correct torque.

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  2. Bigem

    Bigem Long timer

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    Chrisjk, I think you have exagerated as to how hard the SW-Motech bolt heads are!!
    I have eaten harder cheese!! Absolute rubbish bolts.
    I am in the process of replacing them with quality stainless steel bolts!!
    My SW-M bars fitted up very nicely and I am impressed with the quality. maybe you got a bad pair?
  3. M N B

    M N B would rather be riding

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    I had a little difficulty getting the right side (as viewed from the front of the bike) down tube bolt lined up. It was REALLY close, so I just pulled on it while manually threading the bolt.
  4. chrisjk

    chrisjk Been here awhile

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    If I hadn't been able to get my money back, I would have cut and re-welded the downcomer to align properly. As it was, I didn't wish simply to force it as I felt that would put unnecessary stress on the engine block. To my mind the fault was probably in a poorly made/adjusted assembly jig at SW Motech but they never even acknowledged there was a problem.
  5. Bigem

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    Thats really quite sad isn't it? Customer support says that they should at least give you the benefit of the doubt and sent you another set of bars with a big friggin envelope and postage paid to return the faulty ones!!
  6. Roonie

    Roonie Been here awhile

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    I got my bars as well with the same batch as yours (recieved on the 28th too) and mine fit with no problems what so ever. Perfect alignement with all the bolts so it sounds like yours for sure got bent in transport. Also my plastic and paper where completely in tact when arrived with no scratches. It would take a lot of force to bend these bars.
  7. RedHawk47

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    Mine were out of alignment the same as this. I clamped it in a vise and did some tweeking. In hindsight I should have sent them back, or filed the holes to an oval. The rest of the set bolted up with no problems. The welding jig must have been out for some of the bars (or perhaps they have two molds for the engine case and they are different.).
    No button head screws/bolts in my hardware set, no complaints there.
  8. markymcd

    markymcd Been here awhile

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    Okay, finally bit the bullet and decided on the Touratech bars for my 650....

    went to install them and low and behold after all of the parts on the bike that had to be taken off, the right side bar mount at the bottom wouldn't squeeze between the pipes and the pedal frame mount like they said it was supposed to in the instructions (which is a bad photocopy). I had to loosen where the cat converter connects to the bike so that I could push the pipes enough out of the way to force the bar in place (insanely difficult). It's there but now scratched from forcing it in (although mostly covered after all of the parts are back on - brake pedal, foot peg, etc.).

    Then when I went to install the left side, I can't do it without a jack or a centre stand because the side stand needs to be retracted to install the damn thing. GEEZ!!! So i'm debating on whether to buy the centre stand or a bike jack. think it will be the bike jack.

    Still tons of snow on the ground so no rush... when it's all done I'll post pics.
  9. Bigem

    Bigem Long timer

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    Buy the centre stand, you cant carry you bike jack around with you!!
  10. markymcd

    markymcd Been here awhile

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    bought the centre stand. and finally got the Touratech bars on. they look great but will probably get the extensions for them that will cover the lower part of the fairing. a very nice combo.

    will get pics posted as soon as i can figure out how to get them on... i'm getting a message saying i've already uploaded my limit without even choosing the photo. any suggestions anyone????

    Mark
  11. Bigem

    Bigem Long timer

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    Are you using Photobucket? I have not had any upload issues since I started using it.
  12. BykMyk

    BykMyk Been here awhile

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    Just put on the Holan engine bars on my new F8GS, they look great, actually look OEM. I have to admit though that they were a little hard to fit but once I had the sequence down they went on easy enough.
  13. markymcd

    markymcd Been here awhile

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    i'm on a Mac.

    I click on the button below that says 'add attachments' and i get a pop up window. and I automatically get the message 'you have uploaded the maximum of 1 files'.

    no maka sensa - must be run by George Bush
  14. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    Makes no difference which OS you're using. You gotta host the photos somewhere else, i.e., Photobucket, Flikker, Picasa, or your own web space, and then link to them. You can't "upload" photos to this forum. They have to squat elsewhere.

    Check out Option 2 here.

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  15. markymcd

    markymcd Been here awhile

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    YAY!!!!!! opened up a Photobucket account and it worked!!!!!!!

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  16. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    :clap :clap :clap

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  17. DiabloBlanco

    DiabloBlanco Intl' Hops Inspector

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    Well let's see those bars on the bike then, shall we? Trying to decide myself which ones to put on my 650... (although I like to call it a 798)
  18. Bullettwo

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    I'm also trying to pick an appropriate "crash bar" set for my F650 GS twin. I was thinking about the SW Motech, but really like the looks of the Holans on the 800's. The pictures I've seen of these bars on the 650, though don't seem to look quite right.:lurk

    BTW, cute picture markymcd!
  19. F800 Rob

    F800 Rob MotoInsight

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    I ended up with the Hepco Beckers for my F650GS Twin. As a reseller for HB, Givi, and SW-Motech, and having seen sets from Touratech and Adventure-Spec, I thought the HB's were the best looking while providing more than adequate protection for the plastics.

    I did install them before I started to importer Holan however. I've yet to pop a Holan set on an F650GS Twin. :(

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  20. markymcd

    markymcd Been here awhile

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    Heading to Seattle on the weekend so I'll have the bike out and will shoot it and post the pics.Oh,thanks for the compliment on the pic. It was taken in Tofino