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post #1 of 25 Old 05-18-2007, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question: Crash bars

I've seen them on several pictures, and I've seen then talked about, but;

Why crash bars? they to protect the engine?

Is it if the bike falls over really really hard?

Seems to me that anything that crashes (in the real sense) would destroy most of the bike, so protecting the engine seems like.. wasted effort?

Someone should explain the logic behind these (cool looking) bars to me (a newbie owner).
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post #2 of 25 Old 05-18-2007, 01:26 AM
 
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The main benefit is that they protect the (expensive) plastic in the event of a low- or no-speed tipover. They also provde a convenient mounting point for highway pegs, aux lights, air horns, missile launchers, etc.
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The main thing they protect on a Strom is the radiator. You can still ride with cosmetic faults but not with a broken radiator and the thing is vulnerable in a stock setup.

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The protect the body and the engine in a low speed. They also make the front a bit wider which is useful for pushing buses and lorries out of the way.
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Dave1,

First of all, using the term "Crash Bar" has already doomed you to dropping your bike! Very sorry to inform you of that.

The correct connotation is "Engine Guard", which is what they are truly called.

Now, aside from looking very cool, providing mounting points for other accessories and being useful for pushing small bovines out of your path of travel, they will protect your bike from expensive repairs when you drop it and trust me, you will drop it. Or perhaps lie about it!

If you don't think that happens, you might want to take a look Right here.

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The correct connotation is "Engine Guard", which is what they are truly called.

Now, aside from looking very cool, providing mounting points for other accessories and being useful for pushing small bovines out of your path of travel, they will protect your bike from expensive repairs when you drop it and trust me, you will drop it. Or perhaps lie about it!

+1. My H&B bars are really sturdy, but they'd be pretty well worthless in a crash. They do, save lots of damage in a low-speed tipover--and you will tip it over. When I get a new bike home I'm always tempted to just push it over in the garage just to get it over with

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When I get a new bike home I'm always tempted to just push it over in the garage just to get it over with



How so very, very true!

Kind of like the day I was riding shotgun in my neighbor's truck. He is the worst tailgater I've ever ridden with. After about 10 miles of sitting about 5 feet from the vehicle in front of us at 60 mph, I looked at him and said, "Please do me a favor? Either hit him or pass him, but the suspense is killing me!"

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The main benefit is that they protect the (expensive) plastic in the event of a low- or no-speed tipover. They also provde a convenient mounting point for highway pegs, aux lights, air horns, missile launchers, etc.
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Yeah, worth it for the low speed falls. Alas, the DL's are easy to drop.

I havn't done it in town, though it's been close a few times, my drops have been places a DL just shouldn't be - but even so, they'd have been cheaper than the panel repairs.

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I've had my DL650 for 3 years now, and I installed the guards right after I brought it home. My logic was that if I purchased them, I would never use them. It's true so far, and it's been cheap peace of mind.
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