Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Traverse City, Michigan
I need some new bars for my '18 1000xt. I was getting a bit of pain in my left wrist and I'm thinking something with less sweep angle would be good. Height-wise, they seemed fine. I wouldn't mind a little more, but don't want to have to swap cables or hoses. I can't seem to find any specs on the OEM bars to compare to the charts of various manufacturers.
I had also thought about smaller/different mirrors and either custom seat or modifying and recovering this one. As it turns out, replacement of these items was hastily accelerated yesterday. I got back from a long trip just days ago and went riding and out to lunch with a friend yesterday. Almost back into town, I went into a traffic circle a little hot. I think I hit the big white painted arrow as I was leaned over and the front just let go instantly. Suddenly, I was watching sparks fly off my bike as I followed head up, skidding on my belly like Superman.
Hopefully, I'm not the very first one to crash an '18.The bars are bent pretty badly. Handguard and bar end are rashed but usable. Left footpeg mount plate and left mirror broke. The GIVI bars prevented a lot more damage. Left side is pushed in close to the plastic and bracket that attaches to the upper radiator mount is bent. Seat has a couple small tears in the covering.
Helmet was untouched. Tourmaster (used eBay find) protected me well as it sacrificed itself to the asphalt. I was wearing jeans instead of my normal riding pants. Just a couple small holes, but no skin rash. I could say it sucks to crash your new bike on your birthday, but I'm really very lucky. So many scenarios have played thru my head with much worse outcome.
I jumped (OK, slithered might be more accurate) on the back of my friend's bike and we went to get my truck and trailer. Another example of my luck, trailer was still attached from a job a couple days ago. When we returned, I was greeted by a sheriff's deputy. She didn't like that I had no paperwork on me and had left the scene. I think she soon realized I had not been drinking and just had a brain fart, and was having a bad enough day. No ticket or anything.
2018 Flee-Strom 1000XT