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post #1 of 8 Old 10-07-2014, 03:12 AM Thread Starter
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Outback Motortek Crash Bars & Skid Plate

This will be a review of the Outback Motortekís stainless steel crash bars and Langar Skid Plate. This is a very thorough review and turned out longer than I expected. You can find their website here:

https://outbackmotortek.com/category...hp?make=Suzuki

For full disclosure, I was given (as in free) these prototypes to beta test them. If you're curious how that happened see this thread: https://www.stromtrooper.com/west-sou...-s-needed.html

I was stoked to be chosen to test some equipment even though I already had Givi crash bars and a Touratech skid plate which comes with the oil cooler relocation kit. I was not happy with either of these as the TT plate didnít provide protection for the header and was not strong enough for the way I ride. Iíve already replaced one rear mounting bracket I broke and the replacement was already bent. The Givi bars crated a lot of vibration and the mounting plates were showing signs of cracking. I have 42,000 miles on my 2007 vstrom and am not sure when these products were installed.

Iíve given Lorry Gombos, the owner of Outback Motortek a lot of feedback on the products. Some of them strong criticisms and he has listened to everything, made a number of changes and still encouraged me to write this report, and didnít ask me to hold back.

So, there were some delays in manufacturing the beta products I received so I wasnít able to test them on a 4,000 mile ride I just took on some really technical offroad stuff on the BC portion of the TCAT and 4 sections of the WABDR. But Iíve finally gotten the products installed and got some miles on them. Hereís my impressions:

Crash bars likes:
Welds and finishes are amazing. Welds almost look molded they are so clean. You wonít find a single fleck of welding slag or imperfection in the finish.
The front of the bars are a blunt end and I think many would just put a plastic plug on them, but OM took the time to weld a plug in and it looks great.
I love the design and look of the bars. I like the way the top of the bar has a bend in them to match the lines of the faring. Cool
The way the two sides connect in front of the motor is the cleanest, best looking design of any bars Iíve seen. No ugly clamps, just a very slick connector tube that slides into the tubes and has bolts that go through the outer tube into the inner tube which has threaded rods welded in for the bolts. Iím sure this is time consuming to manufacturer, but really a great and clean looking solution.
The reduction of vibration from the Giviís is absolutely amazing. Didnít know just how bad the Giviís were vibrating until I installed the OM bars. Gone are the 4,800-5,500 RPM vibrations!!!

Crash Bar dis-likes:
Bars took some tweaking to align the mounting bolts on the bike frame. Not sure why this was, but Lorry states heís installed several of the new shipment and they all line up just fine. Never the less it wasnít a big issue and didnít take much but I did have to tweak a little none the less.
The bars come with a longer bolt to replace the upper motor mount through bolt. OEM bolt is fine threaded and the one supplied with mine was coarse threaded. I complained about this and they are now shipped with a fine threaded bolt like the factory one.
Because my bike has the oil cooler re-locator kit from Touratech the bars touch the mounting ear of the oil cooler. I doubt too many others have re-locator kit so this is probably a unique problem to my bike that Iíll have to figure out a fix.
I struggled with one of the connector tube bolts, so much so that I broke it off in the connector tube. My bad as I forced it and should have figured out why it was being difficult to get in. Now riding with only three bolts in and will have to pull the bars apart to get the tube out and extract the bolt.

Overall: Love the bars and would purchase them if I was in the market. Really good look and great quality.

Langar Adventure Skid Plate likes:
The skid plate bolts to the front of the bars using the same slick connecting system. Like that. No ugly u-bolts others use.
Rear mounting bracket is well designed using the two kick stand bolts (longer ones provided). This is so much better than the flimsy aluminum TT one which only used one bolt and allowed the TT plate to get forced back breaking the mount...ask me how I know that. The OM mounting bracket is strong steel and the two bolts on the one side keep the bracket from rocking back in a strong hit. Also the OM has threaded inserts welded to the bracket so there is no fumbling with trying to fit nuts in there again like the TT.
The bottom of the skid plate has embossed ridges to make it stronger. I really like this and have not seen this idea on any other skid plate. I think this idea will probably be copied by others in the future as itís a great idea.
Where the rear bolts go through the plate additional aluminum was added to make the holes stronger and keep the plate from bending with a strong hit. Another sign of the quality of the product.

Skid plate dis-likes:
The bolts supplied to replace the kick stand bolts are longer to allow for the additional thickness of the mounting bracket. The front bolt was just a fraction too long and bumps into the back of the kick-stand switch. I ground mine off. Lorry is looking into the issue and will probably be coming up with a solution.
My biggest issue is that the skid plate isnít as close to the header pipe as it could be. I think OM could probably get an inch more ground clearance. Lorry is making manufacturing changes and states the next plate will address this issue. For a lot of riders this may not be an issue, but to me I ride really technical areas and need all the ground clearance I can find. Iíve even added raising links to my vstrom to gain clearance. So for me this is a deal breaker for this plate and if he wasnít making a change, I would question his thinking. But he knows this needs addressed and has a new design coming out. I anticipate I will purchase the second generation plate...if the next problem is also addressed.
OM designed the plate for good cooling. However to me there is not enough material at the front of the plate and small rocks and mud can get in there and make a mess.


Overall: I really like these products. I think OM is going to be a great new manufacturer in the motorcycle accessory market. His design work is really great and the quality of the manufacturing is the best Iíve seen. The way he has listened to my criticisms and made changes tells me he wants to make the best products possible. I hope he can survive his start up. Iím hoping to purchase his radiator guard soon. If I didnít already have a center stand Iíd snap up his as itís a great price and after seeing his other products, Iím sure it is super well designed and manufactured.

Feel free to ask any questions. Lorry gave me cart blanch to not hold back in my review.

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-08-2014, 03:46 PM
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Thanks Tim for letting V-Strom fans know about Outback Motortek. It's even better that you included the pros and cons of the product you got the test because folks should know that no product is ever perfect. I do hope, too that they will appreciate our honest approach over biased product reviews written by fake registrants.
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Pictures of the Outback Motortek bars and plate

Finally have some time to get some pictures posted up:

Here's the final look, I think it's great:











Just remember my wee has the Tourtech oil cooler relocation kit so my coolant hose has to be routed outside the crash bars. This was exactly the same on the Givi bars I had on previously. Won't be like this unless you've relocated your oil cooler.

Close up:



Even closer:




Nice work on the back bracket:




Comparison of the OM and Tourtech plates:



Comparison of the rear brackets. OM bracket in black and much, much stronger:





Outback Motortek has a killer deal going on right now, buy the skid plate and get crash bars free.

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Langar II. Vstrom skid plate and stainless steel bars

Thanks for the review MadChap. Here's my respond regarding the skid plate and stainless steel crash bar.

We've modified the Langar skid plate according to your and other customers feedback and here's the result:
  • Improved ground clearance
  • Reinforced sidewalls
  • Rounded edges
  • Smaller vent holes
  • Improved gliding features: additional bottom side (10į angle)

OM-VS-664 by lorrygombosh, on Flickr

OM-VS-664.3 by lorrygombosh, on Flickr

OM-VS-664.2 by lorrygombosh, on Flickr

As for the stainless steel crash bars, MadChap received the beta-version almost 2 months ago. The alignment problems that the beta version presented have been eliminated. I've asked my customers to submit reviews alongside some photos in this thread. They should justify my statement.

I've got a 14 second video here to show how easy it is to install the Outback Motortek stainless steel crash bars:

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Thanks for the review MadChap. Here's my respond regarding the skid plate and stainless steel crash bar.

We've modified the Langar skid plate according to your and other customers feedback and here's the result:
  • Improved ground clearance
  • Reinforced sidewalls
  • Rounded edges
  • Smaller vent holes
  • Improved gliding features: additional bottom side (10į angle)

OM-VS-664 by lorrygombosh, on Flickr

OM-VS-664.3 by lorrygombosh, on Flickr

OM-VS-664.2 by lorrygombosh, on Flickr

As for the stainless steel crash bars, MadChap received the beta-version almost 2 months ago. The alignment problems that the beta version presented have been eliminated. I've asked my customers to submit reviews alongside some photos in this thread. They should justify my statement.

I've got a 14 second video here to show how easy it is to install the Outback Motortek stainless steel crash bars:

Impressive video... I've never seen a crash bar mount so easily. How did you mount your camera on the crash bar?
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Impressive video... I've never seen a crash bar mount so easily. How did you mount your camera on the crash bar?
Thanks for taking your time watching the video. Yes, it is indeed very easy to install.

I used a GoPro to shoot the video and mounted on the crash bar using a GoPro clamp.
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I met up with Lorry a couple of weeks ago - his shop outside of Toronto isn't far from where I live (and is just up the road from my kids' baseball practice) - to pick up the Langar skid plate and crash bars. Lorry is an all around good guy. We spent most of our time talking riding but he did show me around the skid plate and crash bars.

I decided not to spend a complete office day yesterday and managed to get them installed. I took my time doing the install, did a few other little things along the way. Taking away the time spent organizing children, and cooling off from the sweltering heat, I expect I could have had both parts installed in an hour.

ENGINE GUARDS/CRASH BARS
Well made and robust - it took only a moderate amount of English to get them to sit into the mounting locations. I'm not sure if I'm happy with the way the top tube sticks out an inch or so - it may catch on branches on single track riding. I will find out when I find out.

There is a short center tube that connects the right and left sides of the bars across the front of the bike. If fits inside the two sides' tubes and adds considerable strength to that section of the crash bars. The crash bars I installed are powder coated black, as was the connecting insert tube. I have already let Lorry know that I think for future black crash bars that the insert connecting tube should not be powder coated. As it was I convinced the first side in with a rubber mallet then ended up taking some coarse sand paper to the insert along with a little white grease to get it to slide together more easily.

LANGAR SKID PLATE
Lorry tells me his new ADV skid plate is stronger and more robust than the Langar skid plate. However, the Langar skid plate provides complete coverage for all the underside fragile bits including the oil filter, so unless I start going out stump bashing I have no concerns that it won't do the job.

Intalling the U bracket uses two replacement bolts at the side stand and the stock bolt at the right side exhaust bracket. The side stand mount is very strong. There is no longer an issue as described by MadChap with the bolts being too long. On the right side, however, I have let Lorry know that I think the stock exhaust mount bolt is too short once it goes through the thickness of the U bracket. I suggested that he include a bolt a few millimeters longer.

Except for the usual contortions one goes through in getting to things like the side stand mounting bolts the skid plate mounted very easily. There is no access to the oil drain bolt, but only two bolts will need to be removed to swing the plate forward. I may decide to drill an inch diameter hole directly under the oil drain screw to avoid having to remove the plate at all.


Attached are before, during and after pictures of the install. I am very satisfied with the quality and the ease of installation of the parts. The bars and the skid plate were one the combos Outback Motortek offers - $299 all in. And it's true - they do make the bike look more macho.
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Just wanted to say thanks. Based on the information in this thread (I know it's old) I decided to order the Bronze Package from OM. If anyone is interested, I can post a followup of the install/photos.
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