SW Motech Bolts

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Narrdo, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. Narrdo

    Narrdo Been here awhile

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    I am Noob owner of a 2010 800gs (love it by the way), the dealer had installed the SW Motech crash bars on the bike and I bought it with those on it.
    No real problems with those except that I have the low seat and my knees somtimes hit the top bolt on the crash bars where it attaches to the frame and the engine on the back side. While riding, the damn things get seriously hot and I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas on what I could cover it up with to keep from burning my knee.

    I am considering changing to the standard seat, to change my riding position, and a couple people have sugessted changing them to grade 8 bolts to dissipate the heat a little better.
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  2. Aether

    Aether Been here awhile

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    Let's flip that question around and ask what are you wearing over your knees to prevent them from getting burnt?
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  3. Narrdo

    Narrdo Been here awhile

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    Nicely put. Its a variety of things. Today if was jeans, Monday on the way to work it will be Dockers. Eventully, it may be actual riding pants and such on a long trip.
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  4. tedder

    tedder irregular

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    Eventually? You mean, after paying the medical bills?
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  5. Narrdo

    Narrdo Been here awhile

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  6. Glenngineer

    Glenngineer Scooty Puff Sr.

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    Derail or not, 13K on a bike + farkles means you can spend $100 on some Olympia pants. Just do it.
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  7. raider

    raider Big red dog

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    Aside from the pants thing,

    I have very long legs, and found my knees banged upon, or were in what I considered to be unsafe proximity to, most brands of crash bars. The Hepco & Becker were the best - snuggest fit, very similar to the SWM in style and protection.

    I've also had to learn to sit further back - the F800 actually seems to prefer the rider to sit farther back than feels "normal" if you've come off a bike with a sculpted seat, IMO.
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  8. mike1952

    mike1952 Long timer

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    I have three pairs of olys and like them all. Rangers wth the kiner are great in the cold weather.
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  9. Narrdo

    Narrdo Been here awhile

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    Im pricing out those pants, Thanks. In the mean time, I have bought for .98 cents, plastic chair leg sliders from Lowes and cut them to fit on the end of the bolt head and attached them with some silocone. Covers up the chrome of the bolts on the black engine and hopefully will stop it from singeing my chicken legs.
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