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post #1 of 9 Old 12-06-2012, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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Macho mega crash bars?

does anyone on here have a wee that they've built super macho crash bars for? i am soon to pay a welder to make me some REAL crashbars, unlike the noodle givi's that Loli came with which folded under a driveway nap last year. i'm thinking a double horizontal bar hi n low around the tank, then across the front under the radiator for low bar, and infront/under the fairing nose for the high bar. anyone build them on here?

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post #2 of 9 Old 12-06-2012, 01:31 AM
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Maybe something like this

Well, there's always this idea...
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post #3 of 9 Old 12-06-2012, 08:48 AM
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One nice thing about super strong crash bars is that in a crash you will bend the bikes frame and not the crash bars. This way you can get a new bike with your insurance money, that is if you have insurance. Crash bars were designed to protect your plastic, if that.


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post #5 of 9 Old 12-06-2012, 10:04 AM
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Well, there's always this idea...

I met a guy years ago that modded a R100BMW with a full crash cage very similar to this drawing
Remarkable bit of work and effort. Butt ugly. He was happy with it though.
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It's not rocket science to design the strongest crash bar configuration possible: identify as many solid mounting points as you can and connect them all with a cage of mild steel tubing. It's the number and location of mounting points that determines how strong it is.

But if you are willing to hang an ugly cage around the thing, why not just strip off the plastic parts and live with some dents and dings in the rest?

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post #8 of 9 Old 12-07-2012, 06:43 PM
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Any of those bars will crack the plastic if the bike is dropped.

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I've crash tested both my Givi crash bars and no damage to plastic underneath.


The marks on the plastic in the last one are just mud no scratches.

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