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post #1 of 15 Old 04-19-2010, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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Was looking at this thread and was curious:

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Why does no one go up higher with their crash bars like Givi does to cover more of the gas tank... I mean covering the lower half for offroad I can see that but what good are such low bars if the upper tank has no protection if the bike goes down and the handlebars do not stop the top edge of the tank hitting as well... gas tanks are not cheap, nor is repaintin gif you are OCD about havign sratches on your stroms paint...For me I will get Aerostich tank side bags using the crash bars as ways to keep bags from swinging and hitting the bike makes sence to me but I see so many low only bars that do not look like they will protect the tank at all. What gives?

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Easier to get the plastic and tank off.

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Easier to get the plastic and tank off.
+1 on that! I have Givi bars and it's a PITA to get the plastics off when they're installed. One of the screws lies directly underneath the bars and is a bear to loosen, and it takes several minutes of jockeying once all the screws are out to actually free the plastic and remove it.

Every time I do it, I think I'll save time by not removing the bars first - and I think every time I'm probably wrong.

Never had any other bars installed, and (at the risk of jinxing myself) my bike has never been down to test the effectiveness of the Givi's either. Hopefully it stays that way.
 
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I,ve got rash on the top part of my GIVI's on both sides. Need to say more?

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Speaking only for myself ... I wasn't concerned about the plastic; my goal was to make sure a minor drop was not a trip-ending event. The SW Motech bar protects the radiator, which is all I cared about. I wasn't willing to trade ease of maintenance for more coverage.
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I pull my tank off without touching cowlings or bars to do maintenance. These bikes do require very little of having to do that. Not sure way anyone would want to undress her all the way to change plugs and filter once in the blue moon?

By the way: familiarize yourself with replacement cost of the cowlings and you will likely become concerned to protect them.

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The new SW Motech Ralley bars come up high like Givi (and they don't vibrate)

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The new SW Motech Ralley bars come up high like Givi (and they don't vibrate)
Got mine on order.........they are backordered from TwistedThrottle.....claim to be in next week.
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Only issue I have with these is they no longer use that big center bolt form engine, they now sue those 4 smaller bolts. Which also means longer bar length of the crash guard which can actually mean more leverage to bend said bars. I got the older SW bars and have been debating on that upgrade for a while but its not top of my list.
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I've dropped both a 650 and 1000 on the old style motech bars. Both were almost from a complete stop. In both cases, the bars took all of the fall and protected all the plastic. I feel that this is the most you can expect from 'crash' bars, which really only do something in a tip over situation. Any crash at speed is going to cause some kind of damage.
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