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post #1 of 18 Old 05-21-2007, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Unhappy Well, the motech crash bars work....

On a overnight trip with my Fiance i managed to test the 'motech crash bars. I was leaving a gas station with an unfortunate upward grade. As I paused to check traffic, I tried to pull out. I honestly think between the upward grade, the extra 140 pounds of fiance + luggage I had *none* chance. I stalled the bike in mid right turn and over it went like a sack of potatoes.

Its a funny feeling actually seeing the crash bars bend in as they meet the concrete. Pretty scary stuff at the time. I was very upset with myself for letting it happen. At least our ATGATT motto kept the scrapes away.

Fortunately, the bike gods were kind with my mistake.

Firstly, a few of those "no good harley guys" rushed to my aid and pulled the bike off us. A sore foot for my love and I was unscaved.

The nice thing about flat black givi cases is that they absorb scratches well... and protect people from being pinned underneath

The motech bars did their job, small scratch on the bar. Tiny scrach on the front fender. The right side crash bar bent far enough in to rub up against the radiator hose, but a quick stop at the local auto parts store to borrow some tools straightened that out.

Here's some pics... after a 3 year run, my "snafu" clock has been reset...

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post #2 of 18 Old 05-22-2007, 01:14 AM
 
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Glad you guys are ok. There is something to be said for crash bars.
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Yup, you just recovered the cost of the crash bars. Glad you are okay.

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Glad to see that the crashbars worked for you. Hope your sig other's foot is healed up.

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Can anyone with the motech bars snap me a pic of the right side? I want to see how much clearance the lower mount has from the radiator hose. I bent it out a bit after the tumber, so it clears it now, but by only a quarter inch or so...

Also FYI for other owners... Electrical tape seems to disappear when applied to the scratch! Its really funny; the texture and color match almost perfectly!

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did the harley snobs wave after they helped you up?

seriously ... stuff like this just happens. congrats on not pinching a foot.
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Reflective tape is good to cover scratches too. It looks like it was added for the reflectivity rather than as a cosmetic cover up. As long as there is clearance from the hose and things otherwise look okay, don't worry. View from the front and compare the two sides for angles.

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After I installed the bars, I noticed that one side was angled outwards more than the other. Now I can't remember which side was further out. - I suspect the right was originally closer to the fairing (as it is now)

*update* after seeing a pic on the twisted throttle site; it appears that it is pretty close to correct.

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This morning I wished I had those bars. I dropped the 'Strom in the parking lot at work. Luckily the Givi case and my leg (I was off the bike) kept the side from hitting too hard. All I know is trying to pick that thing up was not fun. Luckily the place was empty so no one saw my embarrassment.

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This morning I wished I had those bars. I dropped the 'Strom in the parking lot at work. Luckily the Givi case and my leg (I was off the bike) kept the side from hitting too hard. All I know is trying to pick that thing up was not fun. Luckily the place was empty so no one saw my embarrassment.
After you've dropped it a few times, the pride doesn't matter, helping hands are more important. :rolleyes:

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