V-Strom crash bar dilemma. Buy Pat Walsh?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by RUOK, May 31, 2010.

  1. RUOK

    RUOK no, no I guess not

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    Getting ready for the ride to Alaska and hopefully Deadhorse, and trying to get the bike as prepared as possible. I bought a SW Motech skid and crashbar set from craigslist, the parts were in good shape but the seller didn't have any of the hardware ( the bike had been totaled in a deer collision, rider was ok ) Tried getting hardware from Twisted Throttle, they sold me the skid hardware and told me there was a 2 month wait for the bar hardware. When the skid hardware came it was missing several pieces, I called Twisted Throttle about the missing parts they said they'd check on it and get back to me, never got a reply, and when asked about the status of the crashbar hardware I was told since I was not a motorcycle mechanic they couldn't sell me the parts unless I e-mailed them photographic proof they were SW Motech parts:huh
    Considering just going with the Pat Walsh set-up, nice you can get them with highway pegs. Looking for some feedback on them, just trying to stay on some kind of spending cap this trip is getting expensive and I haven't even left yet.
    Or does anybody have a line on getting the SW's mounted. Any help is much appreciated.
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  2. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    My Wee-Strom had the Walsh set-up on it already when I bought it.

    So far so good...the PO had a low speed get off in some gravel and I've had it fall off the side stand once and the bars did their job. Last summer I did a trip to CO and tested the skid plate on some jeep passes and although it now has a few dings in it....it did it's job and I suffered no damage to the bike itself.

    Here's a pic of the bike in action after all of the above had happened! :thumb

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    edit: maybe I should post a pic of the side it actually fell onto. :shog
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    btw...a pic of my bike on Ophir Pass is in the gallery on the Walsh website. :D

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    I do believe that I tapped it a time or two on that pass. :evil

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  3. RUOK

    RUOK no, no I guess not

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    Great pics, love the action shot, heard some concerns about cornering clearance, looks like there's plenty enough for my skill level.
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  4. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Now that you mention it...I have heard that as well.

    I should mention that my bike has the Sonic spring upgrade up front and rear raising links.

    I have never scraped the Walsh in a corner....footpegs yes...plate/bar combo no. If you have lowered your bike I definitely think that would be something to consider though.
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  5. tedder

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    Get whatever bars you want. There are a bazillion brands now, and they all protect the important part- the RADIATOR. No, they aren't meant to protect the plastic.

    Running Haul Road doesn't require much. Crashbars are a must for around-town work, of course. Carry a lot of helmet visor cleaner and an extra gallon of gas. No biggie.
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  6. RUOK

    RUOK no, no I guess not

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    I've already got the Motech parts, just need the bolts. I could make the spacers and probably find most of the bolts, except for the M12 x 380 that goes through frame. I don't want to spend more money but if I buy the Walsh's at least everything will bolt up ( I should stick to buying retail i suck at buying used ) I'm not concerned that much with the plastic getting scuffed, just want to protect the vitals from the occasional drop, and to keep the gravel from hitting the crankcase, oil cooler, etc.
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  7. tedder

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    Sounds like you know what you're doing. Yep, you need the long bolt. I don't know how else to get it, but try bothering TT more. If you bought it from them just threaten to return the parts and have them pay shipping unless they complete the order. They seem a mostly decent batch of folks most of the time. Ask for supervisors or for Erik if you aren't getting good answers. Really, it should be easy to get that bolt.

    I'm a fan of the Motechs. They were the first brand available, so the only option when I started with Stroms. They didn't have the vibration or ugly issues that Givi had/has, so I've kept with them. I think I've installed.. 4? new pairs on my own bikes, plus some on others.
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  8. RUOK

    RUOK no, no I guess not

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    Tedder thanks for the info, I'll try to get a hold of Erik tomorrow at TT . I got a month yet before I head north, installing the guards, putting in a new battery and mounting a new front Tourance are the last big bits of bike prep left. I've wanted to see the Arctic Ocean since I was kid, and to be able to ride the Dalton, too cool. My mom lives in North Pole, when I told her I was riding to Alaska this summer, she made sure to warn me to stay off the haul road, seems like when I visited in the past ( didn't have a bike then ) many of the locals who had never even been to Deadhorse made a point that it would be certain disaster to travel the "haul road" but from what I've gathered from ride reports if I use common sense and allow myself enough time it's achievable.
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  9. tedder

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    Pfft. Haul road isn't a big deal. Looking back, I should have done up-and-back in 24 hours to get a gravel SS1k.

    But if you want to see the Arctic Ocean, know you need to call at least 24h in advance to get a ticket on the tour bus (since you can't literally drive to the ocean).
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  10. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    Hepco-Becker are the only bars that will do the job at speed.
    ask me how I know.
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  11. tedder

    tedder irregular

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    You've crashed all the other brands at speed?
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    huzar Pastor of Muppets

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    which raising links did you use? I'm looking to do the same on my Wee...
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  13. RUOK

    RUOK no, no I guess not

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    Problem solved, just ordered the Walsh Plus system with hiway pegs. Seems like a decent setup for a good price. The staff at Twisted Throttle were helpful enough, but no one would ever get back to me with a straight answer on cost, availability or just how many months it would take to get a bolt kit from Germany. On a side note I'll make somebody a good deal on a set of
    SW Motech crash bars and skid, just needs bolts, should be easy enough to get, right :wink:
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    FJRick Been here awhile

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  15. nanohiccup

    nanohiccup in time

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    Pat Walsh, only crashbars I've tried. They've been good to me. Have beat the crap out of them. Both sides & Bottom. Look clunky compared to some others, but they seem to do the job. Sastified customer
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  16. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    :dunno I'm the 3rd owner.
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  17. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    I scraped mine a lot, in fact Pat replaced em twice at no cost! Awesome customer service. Heck, I even dragged the Jesse bags a couple times. LOL. After I raised the rear with links and added Sonic springs I had no more dragging issues.
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  18. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Got mine off E-bay.
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  19. strom thingie

    strom thingie Lost and Proud!

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    I've got the Pat Walsh bars on my strom as well. I bought some 10 dollar footpegs off of ebay and slapped on my own highway pegs that work great.

    When I got my crashbars, there was a slight issue with the fit. It was rubbing against the bodywork. Pat practically jumped through hoops and got me the correct size in a matter of days. His customer service and his standing behind his product will always have me recommending his crashbars.
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  20. DrDale

    DrDale Been here awhile

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    Be sure you also get the oil cooler guard, since that will be unprotected without the additional guard. I did have some problems with my Pat Walsh setup on the Trans Labrador Highway. The oil cooler guard caught the front fender and locked up the fork and front end. I ended up installing the oil cooler guard on the back of the cross bar instead of in front, which solved the problem, at least for then. I think I'll get a fender extender which might also prevent this from happening. I should mention that the TLH was VERY rough with huge potholes and I was bottoming the suspension frequently. Stock front springs with Ricor Intiminators with laden sag set at about 1 1/2" Planning to also raise fork fluid level to stiffen action somewhat.

    All in all I've found the Pat Walsh crashbar/skidplate setup to be very effective. I've had several tip-overs and one slow speed crash, and they've done thier job admirably. Need to try to pry them back out since they've gradually been bent in closer to the tupperware with the falls...
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