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Old 05-07-2014, 06:58 AM   #571
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Hey Baiazid,

Are those the H&B crashbars on there?

How badly did you dump the bike...and did the bars do their job properly? My GSA is on its way and there is no way I'm taking it anywhere too fun without a good set of upper bars on it!

I am in "Official Internet Research Mode" and would appreciate the perspective of anyone who has, *ahem*, tested their bars :)
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:22 AM   #572
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Hey Baiazid,

Are those the H&B crashbars on there?

How badly did you dump the bike...and did the bars do their job properly? My GSA is on its way and there is no way I'm taking it anywhere too fun without a good set of upper bars on it!

I am in "Official Internet Research Mode" and would appreciate the perspective of anyone who has, *ahem*, tested their bars :)

Have you read this? 35 mph crash with HB bars.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=23691136
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Old 05-07-2014, 02:55 PM   #573
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Have you read this? 35 mph crash with HB bars.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=23691136

Yea, that's my handy work. The bars did ok. Since I bought these I have seen the SW Motech bars and they do look more robust. But I'm ok sticking with these.


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Old 05-07-2014, 03:00 PM   #574
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http://youtu.be/pQrJQvYBffU

Some video from behind.


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Old 05-07-2014, 03:37 PM   #575
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Hey Baiazid,

Are those the H&B crashbars on there?

How badly did you dump the bike...and did the bars do their job properly? My GSA is on its way and there is no way I'm taking it anywhere too fun without a good set of upper bars on it!

I am in "Official Internet Research Mode" and would appreciate the perspective of anyone who has, *ahem*, tested their bars :)
HB Bars there indeed.

I did not crash so bad to be honest. Bars moved a little bit and I managed to put them back only by hand. Bars did the job, but I am afraid that on a bigger crash, bars won't make a difference. F800GSA is more exposed than F800. Is wider.
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:52 PM   #576
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@Chuck_in_IL I liked the video, especially the arms raised in victory :) Looks like the plastics came out OK, without any damage from what I could tell in the photo (photos only tell so much).

Do you think you would stick with the H&B over the SW Motech?? To me it looks like the SW Motech don't come up nearly far enough....but the TT website photos are terrible and it's hard to tell much. It looks like the upper part of the H&B bars really took the brunt of the slide, which I'm not sure any other bars match the height (maybe the adventure-spec...but I have a decent inseam, 33-34 inches, and have heard some issues with knees rubbing the bars....plus, it kind of annoys me to remove the OEM engine bars since I paid for the things already)

@Baiazid....define: "not so bad" :) Did you see any damage to your fairing? Seems to me that having to move the bars back is fine indeed! I'd rather the bars take the damage than the plastics or bike frame! In any case....my ultimate plan is not to crash at all! hahaha.
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Old 05-09-2014, 03:08 AM   #577
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@Baiazid....define: "not so bad" :) Did you see any damage to your fairing? Seems to me that having to move the bars back is fine indeed! I'd rather the bars take the damage than the plastics or bike frame! In any case....my ultimate plan is not to crash at all! hahaha.

No damage to fairing.

minor damage to:
1. botom of footpeg
2. rear rack (the one around tank)
3. extremity of handle bar
4. original engine crashbars (lower ones) from F800GSA are build to bend a little bit. Which they did.

But this is not crash bars fault (hepko becker). They did the job to protect the fairing.
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Old 05-11-2014, 03:21 PM   #578
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Public service announcement

Decided I needed a bigger bike...a really Renazco seat in the flea market:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=977305

Radiator and headlight guards here:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=977009

Usually don't make self serving posts but there aren't any aftermarket seats right now for the 8GSA that I am aware of.
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Old 05-21-2014, 02:49 AM   #579
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nice bike

May I say that after test driving the new f800gs adventure I have changed my initial neutral opinion into a positive one.

I liked the more bass sound of the engine,
the very comfortable seat which I would really like on my 09'f800gs,
and the tall screen which unfortunately i did not test at a very high speed...

The suspension seemed a little improved, maybe because it didnt have the 30.000 Km that mine has on its back

The design of the bikes plastics isnt bad either and it compliments the "adventure" character.

only thing I did not like was the new turn signal arrangement..I kept pressing the horn in the beggining, previous design was more straightforward and simple...

Overall, I think its a notable improvement of the previous f800gs model, not substantial enough to make me change my bike, but a very tempting offer for someone looking for a new adventure-touring bike on the 800cc range
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:50 AM   #580
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Hi, new here, first post, I got 800gsa last nov but lost few months due to operation.. Absolutely love the bike. Anyone recommend a bashplate, leaning towards Altrider at moment. Thanks
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:09 AM   #581
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I installed the SW Motech. It is a very strong plate.
Have fun with the farkling process.
You got a Great motrbike!
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:43 PM   #582
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Hi, new here, first post, I got 800gsa last nov but lost few months due to operation.. Absolutely love the bike. Anyone recommend a bashplate, leaning towards Altrider at moment. Thanks
I've looked at a lot of them and I can't get past how nice the AltRider one is. It also comes up enough to also protect the oil filter as well. Looks really slick and always happy with their stuff. Just got my 800gsa a couple weeks ago also and loving it!
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:44 PM   #583
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:55 PM   #584
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OK you guys, new rider here on a 2011 G650GS.

I am 5'10" (177cm) with a 32" inseam (810mm).

I had a stock KLR for a few months but found it top heavy and unsettling.

I would love a GSA sometime next year and would do only bitumen and gravel roads. My biggest drop risk is parking and slow maneuvering.

Is a GSA manageable for someone my size?
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:20 PM   #585
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My $.02...sure. You might consider the low seat if needed.

I'm 6'0" with 32" inseam....easily manageable for me. I've had two KLRs if that helps.

Test ride!

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