Crash Bars or no Crash Bars?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by ronsolo, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. bigkuri

    bigkuri Long timer

    Oct 31, 2004
    London, but am a Kiwi
    Shoeless - that looks like a decent tumble! Good that you are ok.

    Crashbars - IMHO ok when slow speed tumbles, but anything over 40mph offroad they cause more damage than they save. The rear mount on mine popped off at 40mph and ended up sticking into the rear cylinder pot. Plus it caught the ground (rocks, roots) and flipped the bikes. The tanks are very tough.
  2. Balder681

    Balder681 Adventurer

    Nov 9, 2010
    Pros: it will definitely save your tanks, usually if the crash is not REALLY that bad, you just take afterwards the bike and continue riding. Ofcourse if you are capable of doing this, after a crash...

    Cons: mostly heavy, they offer protection, but not complete. If you have a crash on asphalt, the bike could easily slide away on them, which usually is several meters. With usual protection of the tank (plastic) the bike would stop pretty fast and won't slide away that easy. Ofcourse another negative part is - you give out money, which you can invest in let's say engine performance or something...

    In general good investment, but not really THAT needed, since the tanks are strong enough to take a lot of damage. Bad is ofcourse if you have a hole in your tank. But that's why you have two of them on the Adventure :evil

    Hope that helps.

  3. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

    Aug 3, 2006
    Front Range, CO
    I think that they are worth the cost & insignificant weight penalty -

  4. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

    Feb 6, 2008
    True Norcal, not that Bay Area/Sacto Crap...
    Half right. Bust the left tank with the fuel pump in it, and no amount of gas in the intact right tank will help...

  5. Killer Whale KTM

    Killer Whale KTM Life is the adventure!

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Mountains of Jasper GA
    My bars have also saved my bike several times. One at high speed.
    Don't forget other advantages like using them as tie down points. I use mine to grab and pull it off the center stand also.
    Good Luck
    Killer Whale KTM
  6. scorpion

    scorpion Two arm bandit

    Aug 10, 2004
    Planet Reno
    Took them off for a while then immediately dropped the bike on the left side and cracked the tank right at the fuel pump base.
    Patched it up and put them back on.

    I would do the mounting studs mod straight away to ease getting them on and off especially when bent.
  7. Eldon

    Eldon 950 ADV

    Dec 24, 2004
    Olympia, WA

    I've shattered my tank in a high side crash that left me stranded. It cost me $1500 to repair. I now use crash bars and have since went down at about 50 mph. without any damage to the bike.
    Of coures there are pros and cons to the crash bars but for what i'm using my bike for I'll take the extra protection. Once you roll on the throttle the weight seems to fall off.
  8. Kelvininin

    Kelvininin Been here awhile

    Jun 1, 2011
    Corcoran, MN
    I had added crash bars to every bike I have owned except the ones that came with it already. On every bike the bars eventually pay for themselves.
  9. mattc

    mattc Been here awhile

    Aug 28, 2007
    West Baton Rouge
    Maybe the H-B would be worth using, but the ones that came on my 09 990R bent into the plastic and scratched it badly on a slow low-side fall on grass. Took 'em off and left them off. Pain in the ass to mount tanks with them on too...
  10. dezracer

    dezracer Been here awhile

    Jan 3, 2003
    Las Vegas,NV.
    No on the crash bars for reasons already stated. You guys crash too much.
  11. geometrician

    geometrician let's keep going...

    May 25, 2008
    West-By-God Virginia
    Although the SW-Motech high bars don't work out-of the-box for ABS-equipped Adventures they're the ones I switched to. They load the energy either into the swingarm pivot or to the other side via the top crossover. My bike came with both carbon-fibre tank bottom corner guards and the SW-Motech low bars which may have worked for the previous owner but I definitely ride this girl hard off-road and I want protection that WORKS. I installed studs in the front lower bracket to make installing the Weld86 skid plate & crash bars easier & reduce the chance of cross-threading the aluminum bracket



    The low bars SUCK for reasons mentioned above, mostly that the rear clamps simply rotate on the frame down-tube and allows the tank to be impacted by the bars themselves. No good. The factory ones have a different clamp but we (as mechanics when setting up the bikes) had to glue small plastic strips around the edges of the clamps to protect the paint. Again, an invitation to rotation of the clamps.

    Personally my "S" model has only fallen over at 0-mph U-turns... but when she does I'm glad I have the bars to absorb the energy and not mash a $1500 (per side) fuel cell, stranding me or causing a fire down the road (DAMHIK) I can tell you the bike has fallen "long way down the hill" and nothing has been damaged.

    I'd say mod the high-bars if you have an ABS-model, it's worth it- if you have an older model, go for it!:deal

    and I have a set of low bars for sale if anyone wants them... heh heh heh...
  12. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

    Nov 20, 2004
    Westby Wisconsin
    Too funny!!! That is me, standing proudly over Elmer's 950 back in 2008. I almost bought that bike from Greg, Elmer bought it from Greg, then I almost bought it again but Greg bought it back. Since then its made its rounds to 2 other ADV inmates, that dirty girl gets around!

    I have been trying to get one since 2007 and luckily I was able to this spring. My bike STILL doesn't have crash bars so when I saw this thread I had to see others opinions, and ended up seeing a pic of me.

    Anyways, planning on getting the SW Motech bars sometime this winter.

  13. Tyserie

    Tyserie Adventurer

    Mar 23, 2014
    Hi, I would like to ask if someone with old "high" SW Motech crash bars can upload photo of how the are fasten in upper part. I mean, under the handlebars.

    I did figure it out.