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post #1 of 8 Old 11-10-2018, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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crashbar failure

On my 2018 Dl 1000a the SW Motech bars broke at the center crosspiece joint.
They were on less than 3k miles. They were by all appearances , sturdy , well fitting, and well designed .
One day I noticed some unusual vibrations, when shifting mostly, and I thought it logically must have something to do with the bars.
I checked the torque on the main mounting bolt, tightening it slightly , and thought I would see if it made any difference. The next time I rode it, it was still having a subtle vibration, but riding conditions were too nice to go back to the garage and play with bar mounts.
Before very long I thought I had picked up some gravel in my front fender from the loud noise up front. An examination revealed the bar had snapped as shown.

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-10-2018, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-10-2018, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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I do not think these can be repaired. I bought them in March, I really am not sure what the warranty deal is. All spacers were used and instructions followed . Really liked them, not sure what happened.

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That seems like an inappropriate failure. If it were me, I'd be reaching out to the manufacturer. There's a decent chance they'd replace them.

Are you by any chance using the bars as mounting points for things like lights, tank panniers, etc.? I could maybe see something like this happening if there was excess weight on the bars and the bike was ridden aggressively off-road.

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No, they were not loaded in any way, and they actually met well at the joint and they were never down or compromised in any manner. A vibration you would not notice unless you rode it regularly developed and shortly thereafter they snapped.
Twisted Throttle represents SW motech warranty claims according to SWM website. I sent them an e mail, I will let you know what they say.
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-16-2018, 09:19 PM
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my motech bars failed in the same place. my bike had previously fallen on it's side on a concrete floor which probably was to blame. they were about 5 years old and twisted gave me a 10 or 20% discount (I can't recall which) on a new set which I thought was decent given their age. it took me awhile to connect the fall with the failed bars as I had forgotten about it.

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Wow, that's a shame. I went down at about 30 mph on my 2006 Vee a few years ago, on pavement, and the (SW Motech) crash bars did their job and held up well. Ground some of the paint off, but stayed intact, as far as I know. I've always thought highly of most SW Motech stuff since then, so this is disappointing to hear. Hope you get something figured out.
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-28-2018, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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So, the original vendor, Revzilla, is taking these back. I went for an exchange with a new set of the same bars.
There seems to be a lot of satisfied customers, the oems were interesting, but at $100 more and questionable availability I will give the Motechs a second chance.
The Oems have a solid cross piece clamped to each bar which looks better than Motechs center splice. The price is higher for the 18 dl1000a then even the other 4 v stroms which they are made for.

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