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Wanted to show you the crash bar after a good crash yesterday. I veered off a caliche/gravel road and ran into a 2ft deep loose pile of rocks which just caught me by surprise and sent me and my bike flying. We hit the hard packed dirt hard and once I picked myself and the bike up I inspected the bike for major damage and found that the factory armor did its job. I have to bend back the crash bars on my right side, but at least it saved radiator and plastics.
 

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That looks like one tough water bottle! :cool:
Water bottle didn't even flinch, it was tucked away with no damage. Wish I could say the same for me, but will live to ride another day.
 

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Congrats on you and the bike staying intact! Thanks for sharing - it's helpful to see effective armor.
 

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Find 2 good sturdy poles or trees and use a ratchet strap to pull the crash bar back out.
 

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Find 2 good sturdy poles or trees and use a ratchet strap to pull the crash bar back out.
Thanks I was trying to think of a way to straighten it out, it bent around 3 inches compared to the other side. BTW not hobbling around so much today, so plan on riding to my brother's house to pull the crash bar out.
 

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Thx for sharing, now you are ADV certified ;) , when I dropped mine, first thing I did (after the kill switch) is pull out my phone and take a whole bunch of pictures :p... you wouldn't have any pics of how the bike landed?
I have a set of Givi's and they did a great job two times, and the Givi panniers protected the rear, lucky it was soft ground.
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Thanks I was trying to think of a way to straighten it out, it bent around 3 inches compared to the other side. BTW not hobbling around so much today, so plan on riding to my brother's house to pull the crash bar out.
I think the best way is to take them off the bike and then try cold, or heat and straighten the bent section/ bracket.
Report back with pictures of how you did it, pls.
 

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Thx for sharing, now you are ADV certified ;) , when I dropped mine, first thing I did (after the kill switch) is pull out my phone and take a whole bunch of pictures :p... you wouldn't have any pics of how the bike landed?
I have a set of Givi's and they did a great job two times, and the Givi panniers protected the rear, lucky it was soft ground.
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Thx for sharing, now you are ADV certified ;) , when I dropped mine, first thing I did (after the kill switch) is pull out my phone and take a whole bunch of pictures :p... you wouldn't have any pics of how the bike landed?
I have a set of Givi's and they did a great job two times, and the Givi panniers protected the rear, lucky it was soft ground.
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Damirio, I didn't think of capturing the moment as I was more upset at how unexpected the crash was. My bike landed same side as yours, but did not have the panniers on. I don't know how factory bars compare to the Givi, but they did work the ground was solid.
 

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I think the best way is to take them off the bike and then try cold, or heat and straighten the bent section/ bracket.
Report back with pictures of how you did it, pls.
Will do.
 

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If you take them off you will struggle to get them back on.

Leaving them in place is easy and it works.

When I dropped my Wee I was traveling at speed so when the bars bent in the gravel built up behind them while sliding, this caused lots of gravel rash on my plastics.
 

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I strapped one end to frame with orange strap and the bent crashbar to a comealong hand winch both to solid posts. As you see factory is around 1 1/4inch and bent bar was less than 1/2 inch. I bent it back close enough to factory width. I am going to need to buy handlebars because they are bent also, anyone have aftermarket with good results????
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I ended up buying Tusk T-10 Alu 7/8 Handlebar CR HB Sil Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT Touring 2019-2020. I didn't really want the hassle of changing, but my original bars are toast. Maybe can straighten them off and use for an old dirtbike.
 

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My crash bars not only bent in they bent backwards too.

It was hard to see but the damaged side was definitely forced rearward a bit.
 

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My crash bars not only bent in they bent backwards too.

It was hard to see but the damaged side was definitely forced rearward a bit.
The same method I used should work for that just need to re position your strom and make sure it is anchored to the frame
 

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The same method I used should work for that just need to re position your strom and make sure it is anchored to the frame

If comealong doesn't work, use one of these 10.000lbs :ROFLMAO:
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That'll fix the stubborn crash bar alright 😂 the rest of the bike alignment may be off a bit, but the bars should be perfect. ...(jk.)
 

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The same method I used should work for that just need to re position your strom and make sure it is anchored to the frame
That was all sorted out many years ago.
 
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Installed the new tusk bars for my 2020 Vstrom, 2 down sides were could not use the factory bar end weights or the cheap plastic hand guards.
 

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Installed the new tusk bars for my 2020 Vstrom, 2 down sides were could not use the factory bar end weights or the cheap plastic hand guards.
Looking good Bal (y)

...now stop dropping that nice bike, will ya? :ROFLMAO:

... and if you do, at least strap a 12 pack of Dasani on each side... (your one bottle saved you, imagine what 12 can do)
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