I agree, crash bars will certainly provide the best protection but will not look as appropriate on a sport touring bike unless you go with the full enduro package. I'm waiting for aftermarket manufacturers to come out with their sleeker and more eye pleasing frame sliders. I wonder if those already designed for any of the 1200 models will fit the 950? Anybody know? I really like the look of Rizoma and SW Motech products and hope they're working fast to produce them for the 950. If I did any considerable amount of off-road travel on this bike I would definitely go with crash bars. I can imagine a simple drop could result in very expensive repair costs.