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post #11 of 27 Old 08-08-2019, 09:33 AM
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Hi Topbox -
I would try straightening...use a tree, garage wall, truck bumper or what have you to secure one end of a ratchet strap. Lean the bike a bit and "bounce" it to straighten. Might take a few attempts but they will bend back and the bars will take it just fine. Then sand and paint with a little rustoleum--the kind you brush on--and keep riding!
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thanks for all the good advice! I'll try to bend them back for the next drop
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Please forgive me if I'm incorrect, but isn't it the Givi crash bars that are having weld failures & whatnot?

Edit.. FAKE NEWS... It appears its the SW Motech bars that had been experiencing cracks... My apologies...
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Givi crash bars are fine, and affordably priced. My Vee came with them (TN528) installed. I dropped the bike several times the first year, and a few more times the second year. The bars held up well. Sometimes the powdercoat wasn't even scraped through.

All those drops were from stopped or almost-stopped. Then I went dirt-surfing last fall. My crash was at a slower speed than OP's, but the Givi bars did their job. Afterward, they weren't quite touching plastic on the side I went down, but looked similar in having most of the powerdcoat scraped off.

There are fancier and more expensive bars available, but Givi crash bars absolutely will do the job.

Un-bending old bars could be an option, if you have a workbench w/vise, blowtorch, hydraulic press, or access to same.

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Please forgive me if I'm incorrect, but isn't it the Givi crash bars that are having weld failures & whatnot?
My old set of TN528's (installed some time before fall 2016) didn't. I haven't dropped my new set (installed last fall) so they haven't really been tested.

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You could always drop it on the left side the next time out and they will match.....
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I have the Motech crash bars myself, but I considered the Givi when I was researching to buy. The Givi seems fine from the reviews I've read. Some reported noise resonating from the bars at certain RPMs while others didn't have the issue. Can't remember which, but one of them is powder coated while the other is painted. The only reason I went with Motech is because a dealer in San Antonio was selling a new set on ebay for a stupid low price that I could not pass up. My guess is it was old inventory that he couldn't move. If these had been Givi bars and not Motech he was selling, then I would be rocking Givi bars on my bike instead...

If this were me and I had one damaged side, I would buy the same bars again (Givi, Motech or whatever). They obviously worked, so there's peace of mind there. Since the bars are only sold in pairs, you can keep the good bar from the other side as a back up in case the bike ever takes a tumble on that side.
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35 MPH on pavement is a specially hard hit. I have the SW bars and dropped many times off road. They hold up fine. Unless you're planning on crashing at 35 MPH off-road onto a hard rock surface I think you can expect the SW bars to work well. They appear to be beefier design than the other big names.
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I low slided my wee going about 45mph on SWMotech. Landed on soft shoulder so the damage is not as extensive as your.

I would keep the ones you have and try to bend the bars back. use a anchor and use a come-along to pull it back.

I would even consider keeping the bar as it is and not paint it(I kept it the same after my crash). It's always a good story and besides it adds character to the bike.
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