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post #1 of 29 Old 11-14-2018, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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SW Motech or Givi crash bars?

Tried to search and couldnt find anything on this for the 17+. Looking to buy some crash bars and Givi and SW motech are the only options I am seeing. Anyone have experience with either and are the SW Motechs worth the extra cash?
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The search parameters should be 2014+, not just 2018+.

The SWs are garbage.

I, and at least two other forum members, have had them break from vibration near the exhaust header. The two halves bolt together there, and are prone to fracturing.



In my case, the bars were a month old with 3,000 miles on them and had never been down.

I had to have them rewelded while on a trip; surprisingly, they have held up now for 11,000 more miles... although I do expect the next weakest weld to break at some point. They are now welded together at that joint.



I have never used Givi so I cannot comment.

I wish Altrider would unass themselves and do crash bars for the 2014+, as they are well made and well designed. I emailed them recently to ask, and they have no plans in the works.

HT also has crash bars. When my SWs do fail again, I'll likely buy these (unless Altrider has some by then):

https://www.happy-trail.com/find-you...ine-guard.html
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Really like my Givis. On the 1000 they added a small brace just in front of the fuel tank that makes them more solid than most. 15K and no vibration problems.
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We like Givi. Mine have tested and held up well.

I just realized we have not added them to our website, but we can offer them at 10% off retail.
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Thanks for the help guys, ordered a set of Givi bars.
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I went down on the Bay Bridge in CA with a set of Givi bars a couple of years ago. Sideswiped in the rain. They held up....ok? They crunched in a bit, dented the tank and cracked the radiator. If I didn't have them on, there would have been a ton more damage. They're better than stock, but I hope they're not the best out there. I like how the Hepco-Becker's come up higher on the tank. Wish I could see them in person.

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I have the Givi's, i hit some diesel on a curve at about 45mph, did a nice smooooth hit on the right side, the bars did their job, the right side moved in about 1/2" now, not worth changing yet, but mostly happy with them, only paid $150 here in colombia, some kind of free trade with the EU, get stuff cheaper than from the US...

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Got them in and installed. Very easy job compared to the bar risers I put on as well. Luggage racks came in as well so I tossed those on!! Very productive day off, now only if it would get above the 40s!!
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I have the Givi's, , the right side moved in about 1/2" now, not worth changing yet,..
When I bent the Givi's on my 650 I was able to pull them back out with a good size ratchet strap by strapping the bike to a pole and winching with the ratchet off another pole.

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When I bent the Givi's on my 650 I was able to pull them back out with a good size ratchet strap by strapping the bike to a pole and winching with the ratchet off another pole.
Yes, there is that, if i noticed it a little more, and not worried about making it worse, i'd try it, i know i could do it, i have a lot of experience on trying to bend things back, metal tubes, not such a problem, crappy pot metal, or aluminum? tried to bend my front brake lever that got bent on the same crash, had it alllmmooost there, just a little more, the ball broke off, jabbed my hand the the other end, put a nice hole in my hand, hurt like hell,,, jajajajaja and i'm a mechanic,, i know better,,,it's that KLR owner in me that gets me every time,,

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