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Old 06-20-2008, 10:21 PM   #16
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I don't have 'em, and don't want 'em...except when I fall.





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Old 06-21-2008, 03:48 PM   #17
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Unless you want your tanks to look like Riceless'.....You want crash bars.

I went down last Sunday at about 20-25 mph on asphalt and here is the damage:







The only damage was to the bar, rack and hand guard---Note flat spot.
I still need to unbolt the crash bar and put it back in place.
It is also a good idea to keep the luggage racks on as well.
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Old 06-21-2008, 04:57 PM   #18
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Like the bike needs more weight! One year and so far good. My real worry is that the lower mount point will break. With the pump in the left tank and the left tank holed, you are down and out.
The bike (and rider) have been down many times offroad. Both are holding up. If you don't pay you money, you take your chances.
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Old 06-21-2008, 05:36 PM   #19
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Like the bike needs more weight!
+1 And I don't need more stuff to take off for maintenance. A simple oil change on this bike takes too long already.
Overall width is an issue for me too.

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Old 06-21-2008, 06:18 PM   #20
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I just ordered up a set, but then I'm kinda heavy already and I fall down a lot.

YMMV
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Old 06-21-2008, 06:20 PM   #21
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+1 And I don't need more stuff to take off for maintenance. A simple oil change on this bike takes too long already.
Overall width is an issue for me too.


dood, the oil change would be a lot easier if you first move it out of the rocks
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Old 06-21-2008, 06:41 PM   #22
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Add me to the "get em" side. I've dropped my 950 more times than I've changed my oil...
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Old 06-21-2008, 09:30 PM   #23
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I can see it both ways, I like the looks of the bike without, but prefer the extra armor, even if it means more weight.
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Old 06-21-2008, 09:46 PM   #24
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Let me know where that rock is blocking the trail and I'll get out there with a pry bar and fix it for you. Looks like a good base for asphalt underneath it as well.

Edit: Yes, the bars make doing any work with the tanks off a double PITA. You can't tighten anything until you get everything aligned.
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Old 06-22-2008, 06:24 AM   #25
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Bars

I'm with the majority. I'm glad I have them.
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Old 06-22-2008, 07:07 AM   #26
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Old 06-22-2008, 07:32 AM   #27
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If you have them, you need to find another excuse for the bigger thanks
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Old 06-23-2008, 11:09 AM   #28
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What Brand?

OK, you have sold the idea of the value of the crash bars. Now, which brand would you recommend and why?
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Old 06-23-2008, 07:11 PM   #29
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My crash bars and carbon tank protectors saved my left tank this weekend. Falling onto sharp rocks is hard on $1300 plastic!
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:44 AM   #30
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Looks like KTM crash bars are on backorder in the U.S.

Anyone know whose got 'em?
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