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Offline Moto45

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Crash bars vs. sliders?
« on: February 04, 2018, 11:02:20 PM »
I installed Evotech frame and axle sliders and prefer the subtle look vs. crash bars which no doubt provide the best protection. I still think they provide engine case and water pump cover protection and should go a long way towards saving the fairings in a minor drop. If I were to add crash bars down the road Id go with SW Motech for the design and color which blends nicely.



« Last Edit: February 04, 2018, 11:03:54 PM by Moto45 »

Offline CZ47racer

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Re: Crash bars vs. sliders?
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2018, 01:18:54 AM »
Would like to hear from anyone using SW Motech crash bars. Based on drawings and pictures, I wonder about banging my knees on the bars. I am 6' with 33" inseam.

Offline Conman

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Re: Crash bars vs. sliders?
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2018, 08:29:56 AM »
Got to agree with you Moto45, when I first saw my bike with the crash bars fitted I immediately regretted it because they spoiled the look. They also make it harder to clean. The rad guard traps dirt too, so come spring the lot is coming off to give it a good clean and then I'll decide whether to put them back on or go for bungs  :084:
If I knew what I was doing I would probably stop doing it.

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Re: Crash bars vs. sliders?
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2018, 03:21:01 PM »
My sentiments exactly Conman. The first thing that attracted me to this bike was its beautiful styling. When I reviewed the specs I noted the 500 lb. weight which told me I wouldnt be buying it for a lot of off-road use. I prefer it as a sport touring bike that only occasionally sees a graded forest road connecting preferred routes of tarmac. So the question I asked myself was how likely am I to need ultimate crash protection? And do I really need to muck up the fine Italian looks of this beauty? Thankfully, we have many options for the level of protection needed based on how we ride.  For anyone that has no problem lifting this machine after a drop on uneven ground, I salute you!

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Re: Crash bars vs. sliders?
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2018, 03:33:18 PM »
... however...
I use mine for commuting everyday as well as tours in the summer. I've already had someone drive into the side of me in traffic (and run over my foot as I tried to get my balance). Not a scratch anywhere, don't know what his car was like tho because it was dark  :156: I had a sore knee but otherwise ok.
If I knew what I was doing I would probably stop doing it.

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Re: Crash bars vs. sliders?
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2018, 03:57:58 PM »
Ouch! Glad you and the bike came through relatively ok. Another example of why I stick to backroads and scenic routes for most of my riding and always assume every driver I meet doesnt see or respect motorcyclists.

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Re: Crash bars vs. sliders?
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2018, 06:46:05 PM »
Each to there own I had accident in the past where crash bars  saved the day & the touring  holiday

Also read some bad reports about crash bungs damaging frames during slides.

I just hope none of us needs bars /bungs/sliders  :232:
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« Last Edit: February 05, 2018, 07:08:36 PM by Murf46 »
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Re: Crash bars vs. sliders?
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2018, 05:20:17 PM »
CZ47:
One reviewer listed on TwistedThrottle for the 950 gave SWs crash bars 5 stars but no reference on rider ergos. I had a set on my Husky Terra and would rate them as excellent. Im a bit biased must admit, big fan of their products. Only thing I didnt like was their tail rack for the Multi. It functioned well but looked awful by itself without a bag mounted. The Touratech Ducati rack flows seamlessly with bike in looks and performs nicely as well. Hope this helps with your decision.

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Re: Crash bars vs. sliders?
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2018, 11:59:11 PM »
Moto45 - that information is very helpful.  Thank you.

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Re: Crash bars vs. sliders?
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2018, 04:34:40 PM »
I just installed the SW_Motech crashbar on my bike this week-end and can now provide some additional feedback. I'd like first to make a comment about the part number. When I purchased on Revzilla, it was not available for the MTS 950, only for the MTS 12000. After visiting the SW-Motech site, I confirmed that SBL.22.584.10000.B was the right part number and ordered it from Revzilla despite their warning it was not going to fit my bike. Revzilla has since modified its recommendation. I selected this model over others for 2 reasons: esthetic and price. I felt it was not going to be out of sort and would somewhat blend with the rest of the bike style.

As you will see on the pics, there is not much space between the radiator and the bar where 2 screws need to be placed. The instructions suggest to keep everything loose until those 2 screws are put in place. What I did instead was remove the 2 rear screws all together to allow the crashbar to pivot around the main long screw. This allowed me to get plenty of space to insert the 2 small screws in front of the radiator. Much easier...

To address earlier question about ergo, I have to state I am 6' with a 32" inseam. I have also to mention that I have switched the foot peg paddings with the pillion peg padding. They are substantially thinner, thus my foot seats a bit lower. I was initially concerned that the rear end of the bar was going to cause problem given how blunt it looks. What I can share is the following:
  • while riding, the end presses my calf about 2" below my knee.
  • it does not poke my leg or is uncomfortable in anyway.
  • It does does catch my pants when putting my foot down (unlike the original plug).
  • when my foot is down, it presses my thigh about 2-3" above my knee.
  • when engine gets hot (204F - sorry to confess that we had a hot day in San Francisco, air temp 80F), the bar will get warm on the left side. Nothing unbearable but it is worth mentioning.
Overall, I find the bar unintrusive both ergonomically and esthetically. The price was right. Hopefully I wont have to find out if it works.