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post #1 of 20 Old 02-06-2019, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Crash Bars - OEM, SW Mot, Givi

Ive been searching for a while here now reading about crash bars, and i cant seem to come to a consensus on which are better. I like the look of the Givi the best. is there one brand that is more prone to failure of the welds, vibrating, etc? Is there one better for accessories like lights for highway pegs? Am i missing a popular brand to consider?

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post #2 of 20 Old 02-06-2019, 07:58 PM
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For me the OEM bars are rock-solid and my bike has had a few dirt naps...

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post #3 of 20 Old 02-06-2019, 09:45 PM
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My bike was flipped, givi did its job.

Personally I preferred givi because they go higher and farther from the tank.
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I went with Givi after a (stress tested) recommendation from @Bikehigh

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post #5 of 20 Old 02-06-2019, 10:57 PM
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I would avoid SW Motech. I have had three sets of their bars (1 on a 07 650, 1 on a 13 650, 1 on a 18 1000). 2 of those sets have fatigued and broken without ever having touched the ground. I had both broken sets welded up but, by transferring the weakest link to the next weakest link, they both broke again at the next shittiest weld. I replaced the broken 650 bars with Altrider; sadly Altrider does not make a set for the new style 1000 or I just would have bought those to start with. I replaced the 1000 bars with Givis and am happy with them so far, but cannot comment on long term durability.

At least 2 others on this site have posted about the same fatigue breaks on the 1000 SW bars as I had. SW also has a poor reputation as the OEM supplier of the 2012+ DL650 ADV engine guards; those things reportedly break if you look at them sideways.

Other options are Hepco Becker (seem too expensive and you have to buy upper and lower bars), Happy Trails (pretty stout but incredibly fugly)... someone mentioned Heed and they look pretty decent but I have no experience with them...

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post #6 of 20 Old 02-07-2019, 12:01 AM
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I pulled a Null 13 stunt and the SW Motech provided good coverage to a point!
When you flip a bike shtuff happens!
They didn't do squirt for the factory saddlebags or the top box. Dang! I needed a roll cage!
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post #7 of 20 Old 02-07-2019, 04:42 AM
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I have the motech also, stress crack is real common I have it on mine. That brings said I've dumped bike going 30ish after they cracked and I didn't repair and they did job lol...
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post #8 of 20 Old 02-07-2019, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for the input everyone. They sure dont give away the oem bars, wow.

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post #9 of 20 Old 02-07-2019, 03:33 PM
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Got my 2018 in May and the Givi bars were the first(Among a couple others)farkle. 16K now and no problems. Really like how they have a brace at the front near the top that makes them extra sturdy. With the latest addition of a Happy Trails skid plate it should take me anywhere that my 71 year old body will allow.
Givi products can be had from Italy through Motostorm at very good prices, especially if ordering more than 1 item.The shipping fee is $35 no matter how much you order.

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post #10 of 20 Old 02-08-2019, 02:23 PM
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Heed Polish company very well made, quick courier 3 days and great price
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