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Old 03-17-2014, 09:44 AM   #1
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Anyone crash and knee clearance test touratech '13+ upper crash bars?

Has anyone crash tested the TT upper crash bars? Also tested for knee clearance?
I've order the new '14 800gs and there isn't as much info out there as the older models.
I'm tall with a 34' inseam. After spending many hours reading here and google searching, I ruled out the adventure spec bars due to knee clearance complaints. My search has been narrowed down to TT and Alt rider.

Thanks in advance for all comments.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:23 PM   #2
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Has anyone crash tested the TT upper crash bars? Also tested for knee clearance?
I've order the new '14 800gs and there isn't as much info out there as the older models.
I'm tall with a 34' inseam. After spending many hours reading here and google searching, I ruled out the adventure spec bars due to knee clearance complaints. My search has been narrowed down to TT and Alt rider.

Thanks in advance for all comments.
I have about a 32" inseam and I can tell you that even my knees hit the bars but only when traversing down a steep hill when I am being slid forward and when I am not standing up. When sitting, there is a good few inches between my knee and the bars. I can measure if that helps when I get home.

I have crash tested these bars. I was doing about 55KM/h and ended up high siding around an icy turn. The bike landed pretty good on the bars and they held up real good. Initially, I thought that they were too close to the bike but as it turns out, they were as strong as they needed that night. Still have the bars on there right now. A little bent but, a crash on the other side will fit that.
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:39 PM   #3
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34" inseam and knee clearance is fine day to day. I just put them on, so can't speak to off-road and stand up riding yet.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:00 PM   #4
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I've got a 32' inseam and have no issues with banging the bars. I have also gone down several times, (all on the left for some reason) and have not had the bars shift into the plastics. I've been down on mud, snow and rock and each time the crash bars saved my plastics. None of the crashes were faster than 25-30 mph. If they were any faster, I do think the bars might push into the plastic.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:26 PM   #5
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I've dropped mine a few times with no issues. They have done their job so far. Haven't taken a really hard slam yet, but I only expect so much there...

I will say this, on an unrelated note. You might want to replace your turn signal with a short stalk or flush mount. The upper bars protected my plastics fine, but the turn signal sticking out past the bars cracked the plastic.
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