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post #1 of 22 Old 08-23-2009, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Givi VS SW Motech Crash Bars

I'll be picking up my 08 Wee some time next week. I see GivI & SW Motech offer crash bars for this bike. It looks like the Give ones will offer more protection to the side covers. Anyone with first hand knowledge able to offer any opinions? I think I'll end up with the SW Motech skid plate.

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IIt looks like the Give ones will offer more protection to the side covers.
You are falling for the trap of looking at the side of the bike and equating the side on picture to the level of protection.
Crash bars only work when the bike is lying down and the view that is important is the riders eye view of the bars which will show you how far they stick out from the bike not how high they are.
Both those bars perform acceptably on the Strom.
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There is lots written about these bars. Search a little before you buy. I have the Givi's, and have not been happy with them. They set up harmonic vibration that buzz the mirrors at highway speeds. At certain RPM, about 5800 it will put your hands to sleep. Some people it doesn't bother, others can't live with it. I'm trying to get used to it. There are several mods out for the problem. just depends on how critical you are about vibration,I guess.
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Givi VS SW Motech bars

Well, I have never had the Motech, but I do have Givi I just installed and can't be happier. No vibes or anything negative.

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There is lots written about these bars. Search a little before you buy. I have the Givi's, and have not been happy with them. They set up harmonic vibration that buzz the mirrors at highway speeds. At certain RPM, about 5800 it will put your hands to sleep. Some people it doesn't bother, others can't live with it. I'm trying to get used to it. There are several mods out for the problem. just depends on how critical you are about vibration,I guess.
I get vibrations around 6k RPM as well. It's good for me because it lets me know when I'm going a little too fast. There was another rider on here who devised a "dampener" for them.
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I went with the Motech because I think they look like they were made to fit the design of the bike. I like the way they blend with the fairing. They're not huge, overpowering contraptions, but they did the job when she decided to take a nap at the gas station one day. I don't off-road her, so I don't know what a real crash would do.

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Would a crash at 40mph when a car hit you from the side and forced the bike over provide useful input? That's why I hit so high. The bike slid on the engine guard and passenger footpeg for about 15 feet. I went twice as far. BTW I rode home

The SW-Motech bars are extremely strong. No doubt the Givis would protect in a lower speed crash, but the length of unsupported metal would possibly have seen them deflect and cause more damage. That may not be true but I won't e doing the testing......

I replaced these with another set of Motechs and sold the used ones on eBay for $75.



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Thanks for the pictures grandman. I pick up 09 abs tomorrow and I will go with the motech guards after seeing how they perform.
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I have had both - SW Motech (or clones of them) on my 09, and Givis on my current 05. Looking at the construction of both, I don't know if one has a real advantage over the other. I changed because of price, availability, and to try a different look that went better with the bike (09 was silver, 05 is red). I will say that the Motech clones probably saved my leg in the accident that took out my 09 - the right side bar was bent back about 8 inches where it caught the front bumper of the car that hit me. That was enough to keep my leg from getting pinned between the car and the bike, and instead pushed both me and the bike clear from the car. Likewise, the left side bar took the brunt of the weight of the bike when I went down, keeping if off my leg. Looking at the Givis, I believe they would have done just as well.

As far as vibration goes, I have not noticed any issues with the Givis (I also used a healthy dose of RTV when putting the ends together). I also had no issues at all with the SWMotechs. Personally, I think it's a question of visual preference. Just my .02
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the motech bars are mounted to the large engine mount bolt , the givi bar mount to tiny allen keys

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