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post #1 of 15 Old 06-22-2007, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Question Update on crash bars quality?

I sold my 03 1000. Now have a 07 650. WILL BE Installing crash bars on my wee....I wasn't impressed with the givi's fit while I installed them on my previous 1000. WHO IS MAKING THE QUALITY BARS AT THIS TIME??. While you're here.......how about the best skid plate and oil cooler guard??

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post #2 of 15 Old 06-22-2007, 12:17 PM
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Hepco and Becker get pretty solid reviews. And the sw-motech's while they will allow scratched up fairings, do seem to get pretty positive reviews.

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post #3 of 15 Old 06-22-2007, 12:56 PM
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I am very content with the SW Motechs'. I had a high side on pavement at 50MPH and am sure my bike would have been toatled without em. Also have used the skid plate on Pennsylvania stone, it dented enough to crack off the paint on the inside of the plate, and still performs flawlessly.
I was able to find an oil and radiator guard on EBAY some guy was making while here worked at an aluminum plant of some type. He must have had access to some type of CNC machine as all the holes are perfect hexigons. It is well crafted and black to match the frame. Both cost around 70 for the set. Good fit up and attention to detail, after 3k I checked for chaffing and found none. Good side job and he was moving them when I got mine in march.

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post #4 of 15 Old 06-22-2007, 04:06 PM
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Thumbs down SW Motech is useless!

My '06 Wee came with the SW Motech bars, and they've got my vote as the most useless farkle you can buy. About a week after I got the bike I managed to tip it off the centerstand in my garage. Just a simple tipover, and I managed to scratch my side panel, break a turn indicator and the clutch lever. I can't imagine what it is that they're supposed to "guard." I thought about having mine powdercoated next winter. But I'll probably just swap them out for something that actually protects something.

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post #5 of 15 Old 06-22-2007, 06:04 PM
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I bought HB bars for my '05 and it saved the cowl plastic in at least 3 or 4 tipovers. No reason to switch. I bought another set for my '07.

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post #6 of 15 Old 06-22-2007, 10:23 PM
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I like my SW Motech guards. Regarding the Hepko Beckers, I just got back from Alaska and met two V-Strom riders with Hepko Beckers that were broke at the welds from metal fatigue. Fluke thing? I don't have a clue but my SW Motech's suffered similiar punishment with no failures.
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post #7 of 15 Old 06-22-2007, 10:42 PM
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Thumbs up

At the risk of being hailed as a Weestrom heretic - I've got these on mine http://www.rg-racing.com/browseBike/...rs/CP0144.aspx - R&G Racing crash protectors. You can get them from European Motorcycle Accessories http://www.ema-usa.com/

I had a slow motion tip over in the parking lot a mountain overlook here the other day. Other than to my dignity, absolutely no damage to anything.
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post #8 of 15 Old 06-22-2007, 11:21 PM
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I don't know on a *wee* but it protects the truly expensive radiator on the DL1000. Paint is cheap.

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post #9 of 15 Old 06-23-2007, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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quality crash bars

Does Anybody like the Givi bars??
When I installed them on the 1000, it looked like they would bend into the cowl anyway. But I imagine a parking lot fall over.....they would save your paint.
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post #10 of 15 Old 06-23-2007, 01:02 AM
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I had no trouble installing mine,[Givi] put some silicon sealant into the jointing piece, and have had no vibes or cracking........yet! Oh and I'll let you know how effective they are when I crash!

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