Do you run crash bars on your airhead?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by dino1, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. dino1

    dino1 Been here awhile

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    Had some on my bike but was missing a special bolt so I think I'm going to run with out for a while. I'm pretty tame as far as speed goes so I think I'll be ok. I was wondering if most people here run them or go nekkid...
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  2. P B G

    P B G Long timer

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    W/O on mine. I figure they're best for protecting valve covers from low speed dropping. Don't drop it...
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  3. fishkens

    fishkens Long timer

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    Terrific question! I was thinking of posting the same question.

    Here what I think about crash bars (R100GS):

    - I hate extra crap/weight on my bike
    - Crash bars can serve to protect the valve covers
    - I hate removing extra crap when working on my bike
    - When new, crash bars may very well serve to reduce impact to the valve covers, cylinders, case by absorbing some of the energy of impact when crashing.
    - Once crash bars have absorbed one impact, their ability to absorb future crashes is significantly reduced or nill
    - Crash bars can be a nice handle when you need to drag your bike out of a ditch or other off road hazard
    - Motorcyles have plenty of other handles
    - Crash bars hold the kickstand for an R100 GS
    - That kickstand ain't the greatest.
    - Crash bars...
    - I hate extra crap/weight on my bike

    I removed the crash bars from my GS years ago and haven't missed them for a second.

    Oh yes, the single most important thing that crash bars seem to do is protect the valve cover in instances of a sliding get off. For this, I'd like to add a plate of aluminum to the valve cover. Until then, I'll just turn the valve cover upside down if the asphalt grinds a hole through the valve cover.

    Interested in hearing alternative perspectives.
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  4. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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    Yes I do.

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    There is a train of thought that suggests the crash bars will encourage the bike to grab and pirouette, causing more damage. The above was a 720 degree spin down a road, from a slippery corner at 80kph.

    I think they saved the heads in this one. Got home by turning the cover upside down, covering the holes with tape, then bogged it at the next servo with metal filler. Worked a treat.
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  5. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    i got em on some and not on others, i even got an gs with them on one side and not on the other:lol3 (came that way) they are somewhere else to put your feet on a long day
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  6. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    They were on my RT when I got it. Look to have a few scrapes but nothing else does, which presumably means they saved the heads and/or fairing. They stay!
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  7. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    Nah.

    I had a set once but sold 'em without ever mounting.
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  8. Uncle Pollo

    Uncle Pollo Long timer

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    Head covers on the other hand would be nice.

    Like the modern oilheads.
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  9. McHaven

    McHaven Been here awhile

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    I wouldn't mind them on my R80.
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  10. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    I do on the R100RS, not on the R60. It would take about 10mph top end off the little R60! :rofl
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  11. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    Or everyone just carry a extra valve cover in the panniers....HEY! What an idea!
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  12. Hawk Medicine

    Hawk Medicine Coyote's Brother

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    I had an incident many years ago wherein a car side-swiped me when I was going 3 mph and the pretty chrome crash bar bent back to the cylinder.

    For me the extra weight isn't worth the 3 mph worth of protection. IMHO, the only reason Butler and Smith marketed those things because they were one more farkle that bike owners would buy and load down their bikes with.

    I'll pass thank you!
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  13. DaveBall

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    The only reason I have ever had crash bars on any of my airheads was a simple place to mount driving or fog lights.

    Have replaced a few valve covers due to slides, but have always been able to get them cheaper than a set of crash bars.
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  14. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    Mine on the RS were free and already there so now I read that bit abouta place to attache driving lights.......
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  15. matteo

    matteo HPM

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    Very nice.
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  16. danedg

    danedg Horizontally Opposed

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    Well,
    It came with one....

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    ...but I took it off 'cause I don't crash anymore....

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    I hope.....
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  17. bomberdave

    bomberdave black cloud wandering

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    in my experience they sometimes save the valve cover by bending the frame
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  18. danedg

    danedg Horizontally Opposed

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    A friend of mine doesn't like 'em cause he thinks you can catch 'em and high side... causing further trouble.

    better to scrape the fins.....:deal
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  19. fishkens

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    Precisely.
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  20. fishkens

    fishkens Long timer

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    A perspective from the GSpot forum on crash bars. Frankly, my opinion of crash bars and "'roo" bars wrapping around fairings is that they're worthless crap supposedly protecting superflouous plastic crap hiding proper dual purpose motorcyles. A lot like wire rock guards on headlights and taillights on Grand Cherokees that'll never leave the interstate or suburbs.

    But I'm a cranky old goof with opinions.

    Love,
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