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post #1 of 13 Old 03-20-2019, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Seeking advice on crash bars, skid, center-stand setup

Hello,

I'm seeking advice/feedback on the following proposed configuration for my new 2019 650x...

Happy Trails skid plate
SW Motech center stand
OEM, Givi or SW Motech crash bars (these are listed at the HT site as compatible with the HT skid plate)


Thanks,

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On my 2018 1000 txt, the OEM center stand, crash bars, and Happy Trails skid plate all play well together. Youíll need to support the bike without the stands as the skid plate uses those mounts, IRC. I used ratchet straps to the tracks to the garage overhead door. Youíre just keeping the bike vertical so there isnít much weight on the straps.

I donít know about the Motech stand but the OEM works well.

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Congrats on the new ride!

My 2018 XT set-up is:
SW Motech Crash Bars
OEM Center Stand
Happy Trails Skid Plate

and they all work well together.

George

2018 Vstrom 650 XT
ProTaper ATV Mid 1 1/8 inch Bars
ProTaper Conversion Risers
Happy Trail Skid Plate
SW Motech Crash Bars
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AdventureTech - Dash GPS Mount
AdventureTech - Rear Rack
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On my 2018 1000 txt, the OEM center stand, crash bars, and Happy Trails skid plate all play well together. Youíll need to support the bike without the stands as the skid plate uses those mounts, IRC. I used ratchet straps to the tracks to the garage overhead door. Youíre just keeping the bike vertical so there isnít much weight on the straps.

I donít know about the Motech stand but the OEM works well.

Vinnie
OK thanks. I have a chain hoist in the garage so suspending the bike upright won't be a problem.

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Congrats on the new ride!

My 2018 XT set-up is:
SW Motech Crash Bars
OEM Center Stand
Happy Trails Skid Plate

and they all work well together.

George
Thanks. I went with the SW-SW-HT combo. HT verified that the skid plate works OK with the SW Motech stand. I have the SW-M stand on my 2005 and like it.

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Congrats on the new ride!

My 2018 XT set-up is:
SW Motech Crash Bars
OEM Center Stand
Happy Trails Skid Plate

and they all work well together.

George
I had some trouble getting the HT front bracket mounted to the SW-M cross bar... the holes in the bracket did not line up at all with the SW-M screws. It looks like SW-M might have changed the way the cross-bar connects (the HT instructions show the old-style SW-M cross bar I remember from my 2005 setup).

I drilled a couple of new holes into the bracket to line up with the SW-M screws and that worked.

This is how the "new" SW-M setup looks...
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Congrats on the New 2019!

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I had some trouble getting the HT front bracket mounted to the SW-M cross bar... the holes in the bracket did not line up at all with the SW-M screws. It looks like SW-M might have changed the way the cross-bar connects (the HT instructions show the old-style SW-M cross bar I remember from my 2005 setup).

I drilled a couple of new holes into the bracket to line up with the SW-M screws and that worked.

This is how the "new" SW-M setup looks...
Not sure I follow you - No drilling required here - The way my HT skid plate mounts to the cross bar of the crash bar is with a nicely lined u-clamp provided by HT - I ended flipping the mount (behind the bar instead of in front of the bar as indicated in the instructions) so I got the plate to fit closer to the motor.
I may drill the skid plate to utilize the bottom holes of the bracket hardware (you can see what I'm referring to in the picture).
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2018 Vstrom 650 XT
ProTaper ATV Mid 1 1/8 inch Bars
ProTaper Conversion Risers
Happy Trail Skid Plate
SW Motech Crash Bars
AdventureTech - Foot peg Lowering kit
AdventureTech - Dash GPS Mount
AdventureTech - Rear Rack
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Wow, mine looks nothing like that! No U-clamps. Looks like they sent me the previous version of the mount kit for SW-Motech. I'll contact them for clarification.
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I think I found the problem... there is this fine print down below at the HT web page for the DL 650...

** If your SW Motech crash bar has the center clamp you need the MK-3 mount kit. If you have the bolt together type, you will need the MK-2 mount kit. **

I have the newer bolt-together type. So, evidently, I was supposed to order the MK-2 mount kit for "OEM" crash bars... and NOT the MK-3 "SW-Motech" kit... for the SW-Motech bars which I have on the bike? That's crazy.

I'm working with someone in customer support at HT to get this resolved but they really need to fix their website or someone else is bound to run into the same issue.

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