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post #1 of 19 Old 01-07-2007, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Question Crash Bars

I am looking for crash bars for my 1000k7. I have it down to two and not sure which one to go with. This may turn into a debate like which Strom is better, but here goes. The two I am looking at are the GIVI TN528 or the HEPCO BECKER. I have not read anything bad about either one and that is what makes the decision tough. Can the riders that own them tell me the good and bad points of each. I have never seen either if them in person so I have no knowledge of fit, finish, and most importantly protection. Thanks for any input.

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I am looking for crash bars for my 1000k7. I have it down to two and not sure which one to go with. This may turn into a debate like which Strom is better, but here goes. The two I am looking at are the GIVI TN528 or the HEPCO BECKER. I have not read anything bad about either one and that is what makes the decision tough. Can the riders that own them tell me the good and bad points of each. I have never seen either if them in person so I have no knowledge of fit, finish, and most importantly protection. Thanks for any input.
The 1000 is better.......DOH! Sorry!

I've got the Givis. Easy install, no vibes and look great. Have paid for themselves as a result of three tip overs due to the idiot operating the side stand. :rolleyes: No marks on the bodywork at all. Easily touched up with Krylon Semi Gloss black rattle can. Haven't slid them down the road yet so I can't comment on that. Can't go wrong.
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HB protect higher and curve to match the bike.
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I would go with Givi or Pat Walsh.

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Here's a sub category for this debate...er...discussion. Which set of crash bars offers better access to the TBS screw?
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I would go with Givi or Pat Walsh.
Looked at the Pat Walsh. I want to be able to install a Adventure Motorstuff Skid Plate. The PW skid plate doesn't look like it would be good off road.

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another choice is SW Motech. I have read two types of comments:

1. from people who don't have them: "They don't look like they come up high enough"

2. from (some) people who do: "They work great"

so which is it? Those who have had tipovers with the SW Motech, do they work or not to protect $ plastic?
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another choice is SW Motech. I have read two types of comments:

1. from people who don't have them: "They don't look like they come up high enough"

2. from (some) people who do: "They work great"

so which is it? Those who have had tipovers with the SW Motech, do they work or not to protect $ plastic?
I have teh Motech's and unfortuantely I can confirm that they do protect the bike well. I skipped the front tire out at low speed. No scratches at all on anything other than the motechs, the handguard, and my side bag.

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another choice is SW Motech. I have read two types of comments:

1. from people who don't have them: "They don't look like they come up high enough"

2. from (some) people who do: "They work great"

so which is it? Those who have had tipovers with the SW Motech, do they work or not to protect $ plastic?
Had a tipover with SWM bars on my Wee and they didnt protect my bike worth a dam. Busted handguard, busted turn signal and lots of scrathes on the plastic faring. Guess it all depends on how lucky you are

The only reason they are still on is beause I plan on mounting highway pegs using them.

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I have the Hepco unit on order after having looked at them all for quite a while. I went with the Hepco bars for 3 reasons: 1) they go higher on the body work which should help in the event of a spill, 2) they are made of 1" tubing vs. 7/8" which should make them a more stable base for highway pegs
(the real reason I am buying them), and 3) I like the fact that they use the engine mounting bracket bolts (25.5 lb-ft Tq) vs. the primary engine mounting nut itself (67.5 lb-ft Tq). My feeling is any longish bolt that goes thru the engine and has to be torqued to nearly 70 foot pounds (think BIG breaker bar) is a bolts that really wants to stay put. Any of them would likely be better in a fall than none. I figured tho, if I'm going to do it, I might as well do it right. From the one's I've seen installed, these things look plenty beefy. Down side: they cost a bit more and I am still waiting for them to show up.
Oh yea, and I have to learn to speak German since the directions only come that way. Then again, nobody said being excentric would be eazy.......
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