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Old 06-17-2008, 06:24 PM   #1
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Crash Bars or no Crash Bars?

I might have asked this. I'm so busy I'm losing it man.

I've got a 990 with those funky little skid plate things protecting the tank but I've been thinking about the new HB bars.

I don't do much but dirt roads and dual track on my 990 so I don't know if I need crash bars. So what say you? Get bars or not?

I know this is dumb but I like the way they make the bike look more utilitarian. Yes I am a poser and I cannot make decisions.
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:02 PM   #2
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I cannot make decisions.
Get them.

There. Done.
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:16 PM   #3
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Look up the cost of the crash bars and then look up the cost of a new fuel tank.

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Old 06-17-2008, 08:57 PM   #4
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bars

cool to hang lights on too......Or your feet, to stretch out on long rides!
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:54 PM   #5
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The bars are well worth the investment. A simple drop on pavement will damage the bike, without them. My 2 cents.....
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Old 06-18-2008, 04:52 AM   #6
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I'd go with them, great place to put your feet for another riding position. Not to mention if you ever biff it on a trail and tip.
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Old 06-18-2008, 05:12 AM   #7
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It was the first farkle I bought.

And that will always be the first farkle I shall buy for any dual sport from now on.

I have a couple of scraches on the the bars but the paintwork is still brand new. And even after I put it down in the driveway trying the do a standing full lock turn. I can be such an idiot.
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Old 06-18-2008, 05:27 AM   #8
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Get them!!! The blacktop under my kickstand gave out this weekend and this is the way I found it when I came outside.



Luckily my friends rushed out to help me...after a couple photo opportunities!!

Crashbars were a little tweeked but probally saved a lot of tank damage, but luckily I will never know because they were on there!!

Now to get a larger footprint for the kickstand!!!
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Old 06-18-2008, 06:39 AM   #9
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Now to get a larger footprint for the kickstand!!!
http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...hlight=fatfoot

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Old 06-18-2008, 06:56 AM   #10
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Ernie was one of the guys rushing out to take the pictures!!!

He said something about riding my bike home and having it ready for me by the end of summer!
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:08 PM   #11
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will pay for themselves !!
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Old 06-19-2008, 07:37 PM   #12
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Not to disagree, just a data point

I have no bars just the graphite protectors and my buddy crashed my 950 (he's still my buddy even if he has some ugly scabbs), but the tank didn't get a sratch - the graphite was rubbed nearly thru and the upper cowling lost some weight, blinker damage and mirror damage but really the tank was untouched.
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Old 06-19-2008, 11:03 PM   #13
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I have dropped my 990 on each side at very low speed and have been very impressed with how well it faired. There are 3 points of contact: the plastic guards at the lower corners of the tanks, the hand guards, and the passenger peg brackets. They all held up well except the wimpy hand guards. Being all plastic, they twist on the bars and rotate to allow the levers to hit the pavement or dirt. I replaced them with Cycra Probends. The same guards on my dirt bike have held up to major pounding. The tank guards are scraped but very little, and you can't see it unless you get on your knees and look for it. Same with the passenger peg brackets. The mirrors and turn signals and body work are untouched.

I think I will get the crash bars, as I want to try more off roading, but I am not sure. It seems to me that the gas tanks are a nice cushion for absorbing the impact of a fall. If you fall on the rigid crash bars, all of the force will be transmitted directly to the frame mounting points...more likely to bend the bikes entire skeleton. I guess the bottom line is that crashing is not very good for your bike. You choose...bend the frame, or scratch/puncture the tank?

I say get some good aluminun hand guards and take the time to mount them well, and propably get the crash bars.
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Old 06-20-2008, 12:49 AM   #14
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If you fall on the rigid crash bars, all of the force will be transmitted directly to the frame mounting points...more likely to bend the bikes entire skeleton.
I also thought that that is what would happen. I have found that the crashbars pivot on the attachments on the frame at the back. The front moves from side to side a bit. The cross-brace on the the front keeps the crash bars shape. So I just loosen the bolts and bend it back in place and I am ready for the next piece of tricky gravel.
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Old 06-20-2008, 01:16 AM   #15
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Crash bars=good idea

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