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Old 04-13-2014, 06:51 AM   #1
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SW Motech crash bars for a 2013 F800GS ?

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When I got my 2013 F800GS at the end of 2012, I had SW Motech crash bars installed. They do not touch the plastic but there is little clearance. Now that the new bars are available for 2013 on up, is there a significant difference ? Did anybody ugrade and can attest to that ? And if you did, would you do it again or stick to the old ones, that look pretty sturdy and rigid with the cross bar ?
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Old 04-13-2014, 03:57 PM   #2
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I love my lower sw motech guards. I lightly laid down my bike in the parking lot when am idiot pulled out in front of me there was a fair bit of dirt on the floor as well.
Anyways. Some tiny scuffs on the crash bar. Everything else held up fine.

The build quality is great. They are pretty beefy too. I think I have about an inch of clear end between the bar and fairing.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:06 AM   #3
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:55 PM   #4
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Have a new bars on my '13, looks like it has a good clearance. Didn't crash it, so can't attest to how sturdy they are, but looking pretty good.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:26 PM   #5
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SW Motech on 2013 F800GS

I had installed the 2012 version on my 2013 as I was told by SW Motech that it would fit. There was the issue of one side being close to the plastics and almost touching. When the updated version came out, I called SW Motech and explained that I was sold an item that was supposed to fit a 2013 but did not. They were kind enough to swap with me. If yours are in nice condition, you might want to ask, they may do the same for you.

The difference between the 2012 and 2013 bars?? The 2913 bars offer slightly more clearance on the one side that was tight - I forget which side that was. So instead of almost touching plastic, I now have a quarter to half inch of clearance. I can not remember if it was just a new spacer that allowed for a more balanced fit, or if the bars are actually different...I think it may just be a new spacer that allows for proper clearance on a 2013.

I am impressed with the bars as they have performed their function well.
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