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post #1 of 2 Old 10-15-2005, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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Crash bars - Are any wide enough to protect with panniers?

I know the subject of crash bars has been discussed nearly ad nauseam, but I haven't seen anybody address the need for crash bars that protect when running a set of panniers.

FYI, I have an '04 DL1000 and the 3-piece Suzuki/Kappa luggage set.

As of a few weeks ago I'd pretty much decided on the Hepco-Becker crash bars, but I've been running my panniers more frequently recently and am planning a cross-country venture for next summer, so I think a wider option is necessary. Saw a cruiser today with some burley crash bars that matched the width of its panniers... makes sense. Its panniers, incidentally, also had mini crash bars (chrome of course :roll... so I'm also wondering if there's such an option for the Strom.

I feel like I've explored all the Strom's crash bar options, but perhaps this different perspective will generate some new responses.

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post #2 of 2 Old 10-16-2005, 11:41 AM
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The crash bars are designed to protect the front part of the bike - if you lay it down, your panniers will most likely protect the back end of the bike.

I have some swingarm sliders on my DL but I doubt they would do much for my brand new Givi bags that I would probably have to replace...

Don't know of any type bar/rack that would fully protect the bags...

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