Dumb question about the crash bars, can I run with out?

Discussion in 'Dakar champion (950/990)' started by dino1, Jan 9, 2020.

  1. dino1

    dino1 Been here awhile

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    Getting my bike back up and running, took me several months to check the valves and get the bike back together : (

    Yes it is shameful.

    Need to get it off the stand and burp the coolant and get the throttle bodies balanced.

    Thinking of running with out the crash bars for a bit while I get that sorted.

    Bike will see mostly commute duties for a bit as well. Also shameful.
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  2. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Yes. Ride it
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  3. Salzig

    Salzig Long timer

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    You should.
    And never put them back on :D
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    bobone Been here awhile

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    yes
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  5. NitroAcres

    NitroAcres MotoBiggots Suck Supporter

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    Mine have been off for over two years..moved my LEDs off the crashbars and replaced with short lightbar under the headlight.

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  7. gearheadE30

    gearheadE30 @LC8Adventures Supporter

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    Yep, go ride it. These things crash just fine without them, plus it is weight (and width) reduction! :lol3

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  8. DirtyADV

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    The only things they are good for is mounting highway pegs and making maintenance a headache!

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  9. Hipster

    Hipster Long timer

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    I like crash bars, my crash bar bags is where I carry my spare tube, 12v pump and tools. It keeps the weight down low.
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  10. DirtyADV

    DirtyADV Long timer

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    Forgot mounting points, also adds some weight

    Might also help that bike is not as flat if tipped over... BMW boxer light

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  11. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

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    Is it a 990 or a 950? I think on the 990 the immobilizer will kick in if the OEM crash bars are removed. I think you can cut a wire to work around it.

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  12. DirtyADV

    DirtyADV Long timer

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    Must be something on only bikes with the handlebars on the right side have

    Normal 990s for driving on the right side of any road work fine without crash bars.

    You can actually remove a whole lot of stuff and it will still run.

    2020-01-13_10-33-02.jpg

    And the OEM plastic protectors do a great job but will need replacement after a hard slam into the pavement and a long slide down the black stuff.

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    /Johan
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  13. albani

    albani Been here awhile

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    Yeah ditch em. The tanks are fiberglass reinforced nylon. The SW-Motech bars add a good 15lb to your bike. They make an otherwise fairly easy wrenching experience a mild frustration. Numerous threads on this topic here as well.

    I just bought the 990 skids. The only reason the crashbars are still on this bike is to protect the tufflic orange paintwork. The skids will be for desert operation as crashbars only add to the heft that has to be hoisted out of the sand. Crashbars will be retained for tarmac use.
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