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Old 06-25-2013, 10:13 AM   #16
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ah yep. I sure do.
I ended up about 10' into the bush. the bike came to rest, luckily, on a high spot in the wet


That little incident involved a slab of rock angled into the trench. Ground halfway through the crash bar and nothing lines up anymore on that side

Yeah. that woulda wrecked a tank.

I have the high crash bars, and pulling tanks sucks, but it's worth the protection.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:33 AM   #17
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Crash bars installed here. Dunno if I need them really since I use the safari tanks but they give me mounting points for my highway pegs and aux lights.



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Old 06-25-2013, 10:39 AM   #18
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Nope. I have been down plenty on the dirt and pavement... Bike takes the hits amazingly well. The carbon cards that are readily available are crap. The plastic gaurds are much, much better as far as actual functional protection. I prefer not to have the weight and much prefer the lines and look of the bike without the gaurds.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:54 AM   #19
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Friend and I both have 990's. One with crash bars one without. Which bike looks the most dinged up?

The one without crash bars of course!

We ride 50/50 rocky desert of the west USA.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:15 PM   #20
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Definitely not.

I USED to use them on my 990 R, however after a nasty high-speed offroad fall I found on a big enough impact the rear mount can pop off the frame, and ends up dug into the rear cylinder block. I had the SW-Motech ones with the cross-brace. When this happened the cross-brace also dug a nice gouge into the oil tank.

They add tons of weight, ugly, and most importantly - these bikes crash WELL out of the box. Most people use them as a reflect and protective action. I've crashed with and without them, and had less risk of serious damage when they were on. My crashes without them - the bike slides better, is lighter, and those plastic lower guards on the 990 work really really well.

For road only use, maybe they are fine. And I know they are good for "car-park tumbles" - low speed crashes. But IMHO for really gnarly falls, they suck.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:29 PM   #21
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I will say that the mounting points for the low crash bars suck.



these mount using a rod through the rear frame instead of on tabs.


I don't know who made these as they were on the bike when I got it, but I wouldn't hesitate to get them again. Much better protection than the smaller bars
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:33 PM   #22
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Absolutely, saved me from a lot of damage (for a very small investment) more than once
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:56 PM   #23
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Nope. Not necessary. My plastic are ugly and to grind a hole in the safaris you should be worried about the state of your body instead.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:05 PM   #24
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ah yep. I sure do.
I ended up about 10' into the bush. the bike came to rest, luckily, on a high spot in the wet


That little incident involved a slab of rock angled into the trench. Ground halfway through the crash bar and nothing lines up anymore on that side

Yeah. that woulda wrecked a tank.

I have the high crash bars, and pulling tanks sucks, but it's worth the protection.
Did the same thing this weekend, riding the deadhorse trail near Clam Lake.

My crashbars are fairly scratched up , without them those marks would be on the tanks. Plus it's a good place to rest my feet on longer rides
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:05 AM   #25
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No crash bars.

They are just plain ugly!

Perhaps more importantly, I want to hole one then I can rationalize the safari purchase.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:22 AM   #26
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My 950 Adv came with them installed and they've obviously taken some abuse. Personally I mostly slab it so I probably don't "Need" them. However they make a great resting spot for my legs if I need to stretch out a bit on longer rides, allow me to mount up a set of small bags I got from a member here that conveniently carry my wet weather gear and jacket liner w/o the need to have bulky panniers, and they allow me to give my bike some much needed orange.

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Old 06-26-2013, 11:34 AM   #27
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Boils down to personal preference, riding style, degree of laziness.
I beat up the bike with and without, currently they are on.
Taking hits without bars on the fuel pump side has caused leaks at the pump mounting point. I'll also found the tanks to be more durable than you would think.

Do the Geek's crash bar mounting mod if you are sick of struggling with taking them on and off.

YMMV

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Old 06-27-2013, 08:23 AM   #28
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I have a new set of HB bars still in the box and have been debating if I want to install or sell them. I am glad to see that I am not the only one that is pondering the issue. I think they are heavy and ugly but at the same time plastic is expensive. I have had a couple good get offs and so far only had to replace the bottom plastic guard on the tank which was cheap but I have been lucky.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:20 AM   #29
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No crash bars on my bike.

I don't get off road in the tricky stuff enough on that bike to justify installing them. That's what the XR650L is for, and it doesn't have any additional crash protection either, except the Cycra guards on the bar. It seems like I'm always smacking stuff with those.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:53 AM   #30
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no bars used to run w/ them and they have pitched me off a few times in tight stuff. Once in a fire cut with banks the crash bar dug into bank insteads of glancing off and the same with a few small trees on occasion.
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