do you ride with crash bars?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by jerbelgium, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. vwboomer

    vwboomer Buffoon

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    I will say that the mounting points for the low crash bars suck.



    these mount using a rod through the rear frame instead of on tabs.
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    I don't know who made these as they were on the bike when I got it, but I wouldn't hesitate to get them again. Much better protection than the smaller bars :nod
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  2. CloneBoy

    CloneBoy Future Adventurer

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    Absolutely, saved me from a lot of damage (for a very small investment) more than once
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  3. LocuL

    LocuL Gnarly Infantry

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    Nope. Not necessary. My plastic are ugly and to grind a hole in the safaris you should be worried about the state of your body instead.
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  4. jas123

    jas123 Been here awhile

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    Did the same thing this weekend, riding the deadhorse trail near Clam Lake.

    My crashbars are fairly scratched up , without them those marks would be on the tanks. Plus it's a good place to rest my feet on longer rides
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  5. FWUT

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    No crash bars.

    They are just plain ugly!

    Perhaps more importantly, I want to hole one then I can rationalize the safari purchase.:evil
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  6. DutchVDub

    DutchVDub Adventurous Pirate

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    My 950 Adv came with them installed and they've obviously taken some abuse. Personally I mostly slab it so I probably don't "Need" them. However they make a great resting spot for my legs if I need to stretch out a bit on longer rides, allow me to mount up a set of small bags I got from a member here that conveniently carry my wet weather gear and jacket liner w/o the need to have bulky panniers, and they allow me to give my bike some much needed orange. :deal

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  7. scorpion

    scorpion Two arm bandit

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    Boils down to personal preference, riding style, degree of laziness. :deal
    I beat up the bike with and without, currently they are on.
    Taking hits without bars on the fuel pump side has caused leaks at the pump mounting point. I'll also found the tanks to be more durable than you would think.

    Do the Geek's crash bar mounting mod if you are sick of struggling with taking them on and off.

    YMMV

    :1drink
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  8. Altego

    Altego Been here awhile

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    I have a new set of HB bars still in the box and have been debating if I want to install or sell them. I am glad to see that I am not the only one that is pondering the issue. I think they are heavy and ugly but at the same time plastic is expensive. I have had a couple good get offs and so far only had to replace the bottom plastic guard on the tank which was cheap but I have been lucky.
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  9. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    No crash bars on my bike.

    I don't get off road in the tricky stuff enough on that bike to justify installing them. That's what the XR650L is for, and it doesn't have any additional crash protection either, except the Cycra guards on the bar. It seems like I'm always smacking stuff with those.
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  10. tunp

    tunp Been here awhile

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    no bars used to run w/ them and they have pitched me off a few times in tight stuff. Once in a fire cut with banks the crash bar dug into bank insteads of glancing off and the same with a few small trees on occasion.
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  11. Zombie025

    Zombie025 Been here awhile

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    +1

    The bikes slides better through the bush without the guards catching everything
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  12. Blackbert

    Blackbert Factory Rambler

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    I used to run a set.
    They probably saved some other parts when a Kawa ZZR1400 ran into the left one, totalling itself. All I needed was a helicoil for the upper front mount.
    the crashbar on the same left side dented the frame at the rear mounting point and ripped off the front lower mounting bar at the weld in a low speed crash in hard packed sand.
    Replaced with 990 plastics since then.
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  13. vwboomer

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    so...we're concerned about looks over function now :lol3

    To each their own. It would certainly make life easier doing maintenance without em on, no doubt about it.
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  14. ardimarcco

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    I would never ride without them! Saved my wallet more than a few times.

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  15. jerbelgium

    jerbelgium Adventurer

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    first of all thanks for your detailed feedback. Secondly, I can really sense a difference in reasons why to ride with or without.........

    it all comes down to;

    - easy maintenance or not
    - riding style
    - willingness to cope with the scratches and thus cosmetic damages
    - does it really protects during high speed on/offroad craches?? I am not convinced.
    - how does the bike looks? some dont care, others say it looks better without (i think so too)
    - weight? is weight really an issue? for some it does, for others it is in relation to the protection..........
    - and so on

    I decided to sell my MW Motechs because:

    - the slimmer look
    - the weight (go light go fast - therefore I have the GL too)
    - ease of maintenance

    once again thanks for your feedback, appreciate it!
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  16. AdvRonski

    AdvRonski They call me......Ronski

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    If a guy could pick the spot where he was going to crash, I could see running without them. I'm sure there are tip-overs and slides where the bars aren't needed.
    But-


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    Here the crashbars not only stopped the bike from sliding over the edge, but they kept the fuel tank safe, and didn't even bend!
    That would have been a looooooooooong walk out.
    The bars stay on.
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  17. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    Maybe I'm wimping out, but I can pick where I'm NOT going to crash. I already know that I have no business riding a 990 Adventure on that trail. It looks like it would be fun on my XR650L though.
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  18. Cycleman4

    Cycleman4 Been here awhile

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    Never leave home without them. Re-painting the bars is a lot cheaper than replacing a tank. Plus it gives you a good place to lift from when your bike is stuck in the mud. :evil
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  19. BigNastybrp

    BigNastybrp Big Nasty

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    - does it really protects during high speed on/offroad craches? YES OH hell YES

    I had a hi-speed get off 60+ mph and I will tell you they saved my bike. crash bars and gobi bags saved it, was still a lot to of cash but with out them the bike would be totaled out. B
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  20. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    Those came out well. I'll have to list them as a standard product.

    Something to consider when choosing a crash bar...the accessory bag size, Hepco and Becker has the largest bar opening and thus the largest bag size.

    These are the bag sizes compared to each other.

    H&B 5.7 liters

    SW Motech 5.3 liters

    OEM 3.9 liters
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