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post #1 of 31 Old 10-17-2013, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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SW-Motech crash bars bent in Garage Tip Over

Long story short, my bike tipped over in the garage today.

Not a big deal except my SW-Motech crash bars bent. WTF. I guess this is "normal" based on some searching I have done around the forum. But really....$220 for one time use crash protection. I can understand a crash while riding, but this is a little ridiculous. Had there been any more force applied, they would have pushed into the plastics near the radiator probably causing more damage than had the bars not even been there. I'm even thinking that the plastic around the tank wouldn't even have been damaged without the bars there. I'm not impressed with the quality of this product.

Are the crash bars from Givi, Alt Rider, Hepco & Becker the same quality/expectation to bend on the slightest contact with the ground as the SW-Motech?

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Left Side (side the bike fell on)


Right Side (I think it may be sticking out farther than before. That would make logical sense considering what happened)

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Wow... The OE Adventure bars are SW-Motech, aren't they?

Maybe I shoulda just gotten a bare V-Strom and put on crash bars that aren't SW-Motech.
I'd think that they should survive a non-moving tip over with no damage.

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Wow... The OE Adventure bars are SW-Motech, aren't they?

Maybe I shoulda just gotten a bare V-Strom and put on crash bars that aren't SW-Motech.
I'd think that they should survive a non-moving tip over with no damage.

I dropped my 2012 Adventure a couple times and the engine guards did their job with minimal fuss AND no bending.
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That stinks. Since the mount mounts are pretty distant from the furthest point the lever arm is pretty long and I can see an impact taking advantage of that.

My bet is with the design of the ALTRIDER bar and the one I will likely get.

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Uh, bend it back?

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Uh, bend it back?

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I probably will, but the point was that I don't think they should have bent in the first place. My worry is if I drop it harder, like on a trail, they will bend in more and push into the plastic.
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Maybe ask the seller ( or manufacturer) if they will replace it. I'm guessing that a static drop like you said should not have done that.

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400 plus pound bike. All force concentrated on a crash bar made of metal with 2 weld points.

Bar needs to bend so that it doesn't crack.

Dropped on concrete. No where else for the energy to go.

No high cost damage to the plastics.

Sounds like it did it's job.

Bend back and go riding.

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Mine look about the same as a result of a very low speed crash while making a turn on loose gravel awhile back. I have tried bending them back out with no luck. You would have to restrain the bike by the frame to exert enough force to bend the guard back out. If anyone has a method please share!

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Sounds like it did it's job.
My thoughts as well, though it'd have been nice if the bars had bounced back after the drop.
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