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Old 06-09-2014, 06:32 PM   #1
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Crash Bars

Have a 2012 F650GS. Looking for crash bar recommendations. And hand guards while I have you. Mainly on road.
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Old 06-09-2014, 07:53 PM   #2
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I had Adventure Spec on mine. Liked how the bars went way up to cover plastics. I tried HDB on my bike but couldn't fit them went with Barkbusters didn't like them much. I liked SW Motech hand guards better than Barkbusters but if you can fit HDB then go for them
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:21 PM   #3
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Lyle, i installed SW Motech crash bars and barkbuster Storm hand guards. So far I like them both. The Storm is meant for road, while you still get the barkbusters backbone.
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Old 06-09-2014, 10:34 PM   #4
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I have a 2013 and just bought a Puig from Revzilla. It's pretty awesome for the money - less than $170.
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Old 06-10-2014, 06:00 AM   #5
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Have a 2012 F650GS. Looking for crash bar recommendations. And hand guards while I have you. Mainly on road.
Lyle
My SWMotech bars are very effective, fortunately! Look for the added loop of steel on the top to protect the fairing. The AdventureTech bars have it, too. There's a brand out of South Africa that goes much higher, but IMHO it's over-the-top. Pun intended.

I have the OEM BMW hand guards, which are very strong tubular steel. The OEM plastic covers are puny, even with the spoilers, but Wunderlich sells larger covers for the OEM guards. The combination of those are pricey, but I'd already invested in the OEM steel. Keep in mind that hand guards take a big hit when you go down or hit a car mirror, so don't cheap out for all-plastic guards commonly seen on R1200GSes.

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Old 06-10-2014, 06:36 AM   #6
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For riding on pavement, plastic guards are fine if all you want is some weather protection for your hands. But, if you're concerned about breaking a lever several miles down a trail, definitely opt for something with some metal.

No handguards on my GS, yet, will probably go with OE. I had Barkbusters on my Strom, though, and they did a fine job of protecting the controls. And I fell a lot. Only thing was, I had to run shorty levers to clear the aluminum backbone. Not sure about how they fit on the GS.

I run the SW Motech crash bars, and what I like about them is I found that I can get the side plastics off without removing the bars. It took a few minutes to figure out how to manipulate it to get it out, but it can be done. I haven't dealt with any other options, but some crash bars look like they definitely have to be removed to get the plastics off. Not that the plastics have to come off with any regularity, but it's nice. Of course, mine is a '13, so that minor convenience may not apply.
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Old 06-10-2014, 06:38 AM   #7
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I have the OEM BMW hand guards, which are very strong tubular steel. The OEM plastic covers are puny, even with the spoilers, but Wunderlich sells larger covers for the OEM guards. The combination of those are pricey, but I'd already invested in the OEM steel. Keep in mind that hand guards take a big hit when you go down or hit a car mirror, so don't cheap out for all-plastic guards commonly seen on R1200GSes.

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Been doing some lane splitting, have you?
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Old 06-10-2014, 06:43 AM   #8
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My SWMotech bars are very effective, fortunately!
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I've got two sets of SWMotechs and like them as well. Fred's must be bent more from too many cause my wind deflectors on the 800's have plenty of gap between the bars.

The factory steel guards are expensive but save your levers in a fall which hepls to pay for themselves. We have a combination of factory plastic on the steel and the Wunderlich. The factory "Large" are smaller than Wunderlich but aren't scratched as easily.

My other bike has Hepco and Becker bars which are smaller diameter, less intrusive and have highway peg mounts as well as aux light mount holes. Not been crash tested yet.
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I run the SW Motech crash bars, and what I like about them is I found that I can get the side plastics off without removing the bars. It took a few minutes to figure out how to manipulate it to get it out, but it can be done. I haven't dealt with any other options, but some crash bars look like they definitely have to be removed to get the plastics off. Not that the plastics have to come off with any regularity, but it's nice. Of course, mine is a '13, so that minor convenience may not apply.
Mine's a 12 800 and I couldn't get the panels off with the bars on unless I didn't care about the paint. A 650GS is narrower due to a smaller rad so should be fine. My H&B bars gon't raise up as much so no prob.
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