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All - newbie here. Fortunate to have just purchased my first bike! - White 2011 DL650!!!! whaooo!

I plan on riding off road a bit and due to my lack of experience it is probable (hope not) that I drop my bike somewhere along the line. So I want some crashbars. I like what I read about the SW-Motech's.

MY QUESTION - while people want the bar up high to further protect do these bars enter you knee space? Are you riding with your knee touching the bars? If yes are there any out there that do the job but don't enter this area? Possible?

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All - newbie here. Fortunate to have just purchased my first bike! - White 2011 DL650!!!! whaooo!

I plan on riding off road a bit and due to my lack of experience it is probable (hope not) that I drop my bike somewhere along the line. So I want some crashbars. I like what I read about the SW-Motech's.

MY QUESTION - while people want the bar up high to further protect do these bars enter you knee space? Are you riding with your knee touching the bars? If yes are there any out there that do the job but don't enter this area? Possible?

Thanks!
32" inseam with SW Motech bars, no interference.
 

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The rider's knees don't reach the cowling area.

 

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Thanks for the quick responses.

One more question. I have access to the prior version of the SW Motech bar - the one that has the long bolt that goes all the way through.

Any opinions on that? Should I just go for the newer version?

Thanks
 

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One more question. I have access to the prior version of the SW Motech bar - the one that has the long bolt that goes all the way through.
That's what is on my bike in the picture. I like it because it makes removing the cowlings easy and I like the looks of it. I don't like the tube running across the cowling. The higher types are a bit better at protecting the plastic but not really that much. Both will save the radiator and keep you from the possibility of being stranded after a low side drop. Add frame sliders from SVRacingparts.com and there is very good protection without looking like the bike is in a cage.
 

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Greywolf - thanks for your input - one more question - Will the long bolt that is included in the older style bars work with fram sliders? Don't they mount in the same location? Would I need a different bolt?
 

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A new threaded rod with nuts is supplied with the slider kit.
 

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36" inseam here and no interference with the guards.
BTW, got a set of the older style for sale if you're interested...($80)
 

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That's what is on my bike in the picture. I like it because it makes removing the cowlings easy and I like the looks of it. I don't like the tube running across the cowling. The higher types are a bit better at protecting the plastic but not really that much. Both will save the radiator and keep you from the possibility of being stranded after a low side drop. Add frame sliders from SVRacingparts.com and there is very good protection without looking like the bike is in a cage.
Can you still get the "old style" crash bars?
 

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Can you still get the "old style" crash bars?
I know of no way to get new ones. If I had a new bike, I'd go with Altrider.com for low profile guards.
 

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The Altriders are $100 more though. I think i'm still going to go for the Motech's although i'd like a shorter bar.
 

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I'm six six with no problems at all
 

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I got the old ones from DRxDR and had them mounted in about 20 minutes. Pre-pranged for the very adventurous look! I be Stromming! :hurray:
 
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