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Old 10-30-2012, 07:47 PM   #1
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cRASH bARS

Hi all,
I am looking to get a set of crash bars for my 03 Adventure S. It has no ABS.
Is the KTM made bars the best or should I look for a certain brand.
I see SW Motech make some and they advertise ABS and Non ABS versions. I dont understand why there would be a difference.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:29 PM   #2
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Just installed some ktm bars on my 950 had some sw motech bar on another 950 think the ktm ones have a better rear mount than the motech. Very happy with the fit of both but with the better rear mount the ktm ones win.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:10 PM   #3
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There were some on the market a while back. Dont remember the brand. They had a brace bar that connected the 2 bar sets up high behind the front tire. I would look for something like them if I ever have to replace my stockers.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:21 PM   #4
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Braces up high - old Motech bars for the early 950's.

I'd say the newer SW Motech are the best and strongest available. They have a cross bar just in front of the radiator that link the left/right together and makes it much stronger. The design of the lower tubes that protect the tanks is a much better design than the KTM factory units. When these tube auger into the ground they will just surf along and not dig in and bend, like the KTM units. The rear clamps to the frame is a very good design that won't punch through the frame, like the KTM units. They are close to $300.
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:52 AM   #5
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Just visited the local distributor for Motec here and it turn out to be a guy I knew several years ago. Has them in stock for 260 oz $
Bargain !

Thanks for the inputs guys.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:30 AM   #6
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A bit too late but the other ones you would want are Hepco Becker, they have the cross brace and the same design Zuber was talking about in the lower tubes. So, its SW motech or HB, you can't go wrong with either.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:55 AM   #7
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High Bars!

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Hi all,
I am looking to get a set of crash bars for my 03 Adventure S. It has no ABS.
Is the KTM made bars the best or should I look for a certain brand.
I see SW Motech make some and they advertise ABS and Non ABS versions. I dont understand why there would be a difference.
Cheers.
The ABS bike has it's own control box which takes up room below the headlight.

If you have non-ABS then definitely get the high SW-Motech bars that go up the sides of the tank/fairing and connect to the instrument/headlight sub-frame. It ties together quite nicely. Twisted Throttle was selling either set at the same price last time I saw... don't know why someone would go for the low bars if they could use the high ones.

I've dropped my bike hard in some really nasty places and the bar system works well to distribute the energy- no complaints.

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Braces up high - old Motech bars for the early 950's.

I'd say the newer SW Motech are the best and strongest available. They have a cross bar just in front of the radiator that link the left/right together and makes it much stronger. The design of the lower tubes that protect the tanks is a much better design than the KTM factory units. When these tube auger into the ground they will just surf along and not dig in and bend, like the KTM units. The rear clamps to the frame is a very good design that won't punch through the frame, like the KTM units. They are close to $300.
The clamps on all the low SW-Motech bars I have seen bend open (why I got rid of mine), and the "clamp" seems sized towards holding wiring in place, not the weight of 500+lbs of LC8. Further, the new clamps are just the same as the old ones. The high bars have a rod/bolt that runs through the swingarm pivot acting as the rear mount.

KTM's have a clamp with plastic spacers we have to glue on to keep the teeth of the clamp for gouging the paint- not a sturdy mechanical connection IMHO, but better than the low SW-Motech clamp by miles (or kilometers!) Here's one drying the epoxy:



As for tube design, I haven't seen any KTM ones bend any more than the low SW-Motech version
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:42 AM   #8
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This is the style I have.... Not sure who makes them...
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:22 AM   #9
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Are SW Motech high-bars still available? I can't seem to find them anywhere..
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:47 PM   #10
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SW-Motech High Bars

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This is the style I have.... Not sure who makes them...
Those are the high SW-Motech bars. BTW I thought my high bars were thinner than the low version, when I got them & measured they are the same- optical illusion I 'spose!

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Are SW Motech high-bars still available? I can't seem to find them anywhere..
Just looked at Twisted Throttle & don't see them in the online catalog. Give them a call & let us know if they're still available (no you can't have mine )

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Old 10-31-2012, 03:20 PM   #11
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I have the stock KTM bars on my 2011 Adventure, and I've crashed the bike on both sides.

They protected the bike very well & didn't bend that much -

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