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Old 09-11-2010, 02:40 PM   #31
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Hit car on LHS, crash bar and pannier bag saved my leg from being crushed , small bend too crash bar, zero damage to bike 'cept one bent fork (so I need crash bars on them too! ).
Will allways fit crash bars.
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Old 09-11-2010, 02:53 PM   #32
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Hit car on LHS, crash bar and pannier bag saved my leg from being crushed , small bend too crash bar, zero damage to bike 'cept one bent fork (so I need crash bars on them too! ).
Will allways fit crash bars.
Was this on an airhead? It would seem like the cylinder would have been equally protective of your leg as a crash bar.
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Old 09-11-2010, 04:08 PM   #33
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No too ugly and valve covers are cheaper to replace.
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Old 09-11-2010, 06:44 PM   #34
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Mine came with the krauser engine guards that have a hoop that runs under the cylinder and another that ties up to the frame. I don't worry about it folding back, but I do worry about it bending the frame. I think what concerns me the most is the thought that it reduces my cornering clearance some. There are times I wonder how close it is getting. Right now it is where I put my parking pass sticker without worrying about messing up paint anywhere. I use the stock side stand a lot and figure it will help out if the bike ever fell over. So far the side stand has worked fine.
I put the same on mine and promptly laid it over while taking pictures.. So + 1 for me!
as for the merits. Why not. The extra weight is peanuts really. It aint no Ninja so Ill put em on and hope they work when needed.
Also good place to rest tired legs on long runs
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Old 09-11-2010, 08:49 PM   #35
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GS Crashbars & sidestands

A possible solution for those people that have issues with the flexi stock stand & the fact this runs off crashbars. Linky. This one can be fitted w/o using the crashbars, ie directly to the frame. Spendy though.
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Old 09-11-2010, 09:13 PM   #36
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G/S and GS still have them to hold stand / oil cooler, R75/7 doesnt.

OEM round covers and square pattern covers have a bit of meat in them and will take a drop or two.
The current crop of aftermarket round covers are as thick as a cheap chocolate easter egg, and not a lot stronger - DAMHIK

With them you would really want a wrap around bar - Moto Bins and Wemoto have them at a reasonable price.
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:37 AM   #37
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With them you would really want a wrap around bar - Moto Bins and Wemoto have them at a reasonable price.
Ehmm....rather run without, and take my chances thanks
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:52 AM   #38
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got five airheads, no crash bars. they are ugly and i don't plan on crashing
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:50 PM   #39
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My R100 had them when I bought it but I took them off for looks. Later when I began scraping sidestands on the left and the valve cover on the right I appreciated the extra ground clearance.
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Old 09-12-2010, 03:42 PM   #40
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I took 'em off, but I think I'll put 'em back on
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Old 09-12-2010, 03:53 PM   #41
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on my 89 GS, when I fall down in deep gravel or dirt (usually trying to turn while going downhill) the crashbar takes most of the bite and pivots back toward the cylinder.

I'm ok with using a 2x4 and hammer to "pivot" it back in place. Otherwise, ALL of that force would be taken by the front 2 cylinder studs which are not happy being overstressed even at OEM conditions.
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Old 09-12-2010, 05:19 PM   #42
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Even though I didn't list it in my reasons, I have consciously thought through the same rationale as Datchew. Likewise, mine are attached so they can bend and pivot the mounts around the frame tubes. The only hard points are at the motor mounts, and the bars should bend without harming anything since they are only firmly anchored at the one end.
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:37 PM   #43
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krauser guards on R100GS

I will using the Krauser guards .. when I get the new side
stand from Carl.
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:48 PM   #44
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got five airheads, no crash bars. they are ugly and i don't plan on crashing
Do people really PLAN on crashing?

I'm with you though. Don't run them.

A pair did save my bike and possibly my ass on an old GS 750 on a 70 MPH lowside down a major highway. But that was a quarter century plus ago.
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:20 PM   #45
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Of course, they can save the outside of your boot if that's what you use to gauge the lean angle....and reduce the scraps to the rocker.





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