Crash Bars On Your F650 / F800

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

  1. Singletrack_mind

    Singletrack_mind Cave Man

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    I just tested my Holan crash bars yesterday, once on each side. Performed as intended.
  2. Kabuki

    Kabuki Adventurer

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    Hey singletrack lets see some pics. Did the bars move at all? did they get into the plastic at all? How close are your to the plastic? I've been reading and it seems people are having to use shims or washers when installing them to keep them off the plastic. look for your input, Thanks
  3. anodyne

    anodyne Been here awhile

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    I'm leaning toward Adventure-Spec crash bars (and bash plate). I do like the looks of the Givi's, but do not have any information on how they do in a crash (just pics of the bike gently positioned on side). Any real-world crash data with Givi's so far? Also, what are my bash plate options should I choose Givi's? Thanks.
  4. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    I'm pretty sure CCer had the Givi's on his bike when he "totaled" it. They bent and broke in several places. I don't think he is making a repeat purchase of the Givi bars, but for reasons other than protection. Maybe he will post some photos here.
  5. DSjunky

    DSjunky Runnin On Empty

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    Got the TouraTech bars for the GF's F650GS twin when I bought it last month. The dealer had them in stock (!) and put them into the deal.
  6. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    The only crash report on the Givis that I'm aware of is this one from the UKGSer forum. They seem to have done the job they were supposed to. I've got the Givis on my F800, though I haven't crash tested them yet. And they fit fine with the BMW bash plate.

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    David
  7. anodyne

    anodyne Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the comments folks. Due to some issues with Adventure-Specs billing process, it looks like I'll be going with Holan crash bars (and looking for a compatible bash plate). Take care.
  8. DidYouSeeThat

    DidYouSeeThat Uhhhh... Where?

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    Thanks... I think my next purchase is SW Motech bars for my F800GS.
    Great Thread - thanks.

    Anybody just purchase them cheap somewhere I'd like to honor my CBOA membership :lol3
  9. Steffo

    Steffo Been here awhile

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    I just placed an order on the Adventure Spec bars and I hope they are as good as they look.

    (Just happened to get the bashplate as well.. Noodles and crackers for food this month then.. :D)
  10. chrisjk

    chrisjk Been here awhile

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    Steffo,
    You will be delighted with both bashplate and bars. They are excellent and have saved my plastic/engine a number of times on the trails. The bashplate makes the BMW offering look especially pathetic.
  11. Steffo

    Steffo Been here awhile

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    Sounds like I did the right thing when not ordering the BMW bashplate then. Good to hear you like them both. Cheers!
  12. DolphinJohn

    DolphinJohn Caveman

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    May be none of my business, but that's never stopped me before.
    I've had nothing but good experiences with Chris from ADV-SPEC. (Wonky)

    3 purchases, all shipped timely and no issues.

    Billing process? You give them money, they send you stuff. :dunno
  13. anodyne

    anodyne Been here awhile

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    No problem, I posted it and can take comments. I just become a bit stubborn when I have difficulty spending my money I guess. I'm honestly not sure if the problem was with my cc company or the site at this point. I believe the "issue date" and "issue number" fields might have caused some problems (and my cc company had no explanation). The whole "foreign transaction" thing could be part of the hassle as well.

    At any rate, I ultimately completed the order via PayPal. According to an email from Chris they would have shipped on Monday and I should expect them Wednesday. That said, I haven't received any shipment information or email that they are on the way. I'm hoping everything goes smoothly from here .....

    Update: I just received shipping information ... looks like they didn't ship until today (Wed, 5/27). Bummer. That said, customer support/Chris has been great in getting back to me quickly via email.

    Update 2: Received the crash bars and bash plate this morning (5/29). Unfortunately, one of the crash bars has some metal (welding?) that is loose and rattling around inside. There is also some powder coat flaking off which doesn't concern me as much (packaging was good). Bummer again, emails and PM's in to customer support to see how they will handle the situation.

    ...... Returning bars/bash plate for refund. Moving forward with Holan bars and BMW plate.
  14. Bushwhacker

    Bushwhacker Dirt, Sweat & Gears

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  15. ShaunJ

    ShaunJ Adventurer

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  16. Bushwhacker

    Bushwhacker Dirt, Sweat & Gears

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    I decided to go with Adventure-Spec.

    Just ordered Engine Guards, Bash Plate and BarkBusters.

    How difficult are these Engine Guards to install (for the mechanically challenged).

    Interestingly, I ordered the BarkBusters from them because, since shipping was negligable because I already had a big order coming, I got them shipped across the water for around $50 cheaper than I could have ordered them here in the states. Very wierd.

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  17. skamikazee

    skamikazee Novi├žo

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    As easy as it get's!

    No need for special tools, it's a one man job, altough it would be quicker with someone holding the bars in place while you place the screws!
  18. Steffo

    Steffo Been here awhile

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    +1. Did it yesterday and it took me about 15 minutes.

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  19. Finduss

    Finduss n00b

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    About Holan bars

    It seems i have almost same issue. On right side, the bar is really close to the plastic while on the other side it is quite ok and safe. I wonder if any other ones had similar issue? if so, how did you manage with it?
  20. Bushwhacker

    Bushwhacker Dirt, Sweat & Gears

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    You guys were right. It was pretty straight forward, but it did take me quite a bit longer than 15 minutes.

    My only complaint. With all those holes in the skid plate it seems that one would have been lined up to you could tighten the bolt on the front of the engine after you got all the skid plate nuts and bolts started.

    I put the front bracket on just tight enough to hold it horizontal then started all the nuts and bolts only to discover I could not get a wrench into tighten the front bolt so I had to take it off, tighten the front bolt and then put it back on, This process alone took more than 15 minutrs. :D

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