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post #1 of 12 Old 07-01-2016, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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What crash bars do you recommend?

Just bought an '05 DL1000, and I love it, so much that I would cry if it fell over and got hurt.

Being as I bought it used you can deduce that I'm cheap, er uh, I have a budget. So far I've found three different available crash bars: Givi ($145), SW-MOTECH ($231), and AltRider ($313).

What are your impressions on those three? I've read about the vibration issues with the Givi, but I think that was on the 650. Are the Givi's a good deal at $145 or should I save up for one of the others?

Thanks for your advice!
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I just bought the Givi's and i think they are fine. For less than half the price o the Alt riders and almost $100 off the next one up, I think they are a pretty good value. I am happy with my purchase.

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I got the heed crashbars. Ordered dire t from Poland and even with shipping were samd price as the givis would have been. Excellent quality, better material. Highly recomend if the make them for your year.
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I say tip it over on the grass now and get the first one over with. All the rest won't matter so much. Even with good crash bars, you're going to cry the first time it goes over. Just do it.
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I say tip it over on the grass now and get the first one over with. All the rest won't matter so much. Even with good crash bars, you're going to cry the first time it goes over. Just do it.
Tipped mine over on pavement with Givi bars and alloy panniers, scuff on the bars and corner pannier, nothing else. I'm sure other crash bars would do the same, but the Givi's did their job perfectly

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I've always thought that some non riders might hear "crash bars" and believe it implies a socially responsible alternative to pub owners allowing over served patrons to drive home inebriated.

My 2nd Strom came to me with pre tested and rashed up SW Motech bars. I proceeded to slide-test them against gravel shortly afterwards. Since then, I performed a further test on a muddy trail. (if you look for the limits, you WILL find them) I have respect for the SW Motechs but not nearly enough for the consequences of scoffing at the laws of physics...apparently

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I am running the SW-Motech crash bars too. A few low speed spills and some minor rash on the bars is about it, except for the obligatory turn signal or two or three.

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I have both Givi and SW-Motech and I like the SW-Motech ones better.

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