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Old 05-04-2013, 08:57 AM   #1
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crash bar comparisons for 2013 r1200 GS/LC

I apologize in advance if there is already a dedicated thread on this topic. I'm hoping to get my new GS/LC sometime this or next week and need to decide on crash bars. What crash bars have you guys installed, or what do you recommend?
I've eyeballed the BMW and touratech crashbars and wanted to see if there was an advantage of one over the other, especially with price. Not looking to break the bank on crash bars.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:45 AM   #2
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OEM for me dude. I personally think they look the best.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:55 AM   #3
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I apologize in advance if there is already a dedicated thread on this topic. I'm hoping to get my new GS/LC sometime this or next week and need to decide on crash bars. What crash bars have you guys installed, or what do you recommend?
I've eyeballed the BMW and touratech crashbars and wanted to see if there was an advantage of one over the other, especially with price. Not looking to break the bank on crash bars.
I just picked my HB upper and lower bars on Friday. Will install them this morning and take a few pictures.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:46 AM   #4
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I just picked my HB upper and lower bars on Friday. Will install them this morning and take a few pictures.
I'm in the same boat. I'm leaning toward the SW-Motech lower and uppers; silver on the red LC. I like the fact that they are built with aux light mounts on the uppers, at least that's what I remember Kevin from Twisted Throttle indicating on one of the LC threads. They're also a bit more reasonable in price, but I hope not at cost of protection.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:15 PM   #5
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I have gone for SW Motech black lower and upper bars on my red LC. They are at the dealers shortly and will be fitted next week before I collect. Frankly I wanted the silver also but I could only get black, I think the black will look ok and if not I will paint them.

Pics next week.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:27 PM   #6
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I'm in the same boat. I'm leaning toward the SW-Motech lower and uppers; silver on the red LC. I like the fact that they are built with aux light mounts on the uppers, at least that's what I remember Kevin from Twisted Throttle indicating on one of the LC threads. They're also a bit more reasonable in price, but I hope not at cost of protection.
A friend of mine had SWM bars fitted to his Versys 650. He made the mistake of filtering to the front of the traffic lights and stopping in front of a semi trailer.

Well, the semi jumped the lights to get an early start ànd rightly did not see my mate on his Versys. The result was that the Versys was pinned between the bulbar and the road and driven about 300M before the semi realised he had a new ornament fitted to his bullbar.

He survived with no injuries and the bike and him were largely saved from serious damage by the SW Motech bars.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=20296

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Old 05-06-2013, 08:20 PM   #7
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:38 PM   #8
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:46 PM   #9
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What I find particularly appealing about Touratech bars (that I have on my 2005) is that they are stainless. If you scrape them, they don't rust and look like crap. A little sanding or buffing and you are all set.
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Old 06-08-2013, 06:26 AM   #11
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Lots of options here. The big question (for me, at least) is which bars will allow pulling of the valve covers without removing the bars.

The only one I know of is the SW-Motechs.
Having now owned a 2005 GS with Touratech stainless crash bars since new, I have had to loosen the crash bars every time I check valve clearance, which means every 6k miles. I can tell you that for that brand, it only adds a few minutes of work and is easy. The new GS only wants valve clearance inspection every 12k miles. Given this fact, I would look at crash bars from the perspective of which ones will offer the most protection to the relatively fragile valve covers. If you can pull the valve covers off without loosening the crash bars, that means that they are not very well protected, in my opinion.
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:15 PM   #12
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Good Question. I'm also thinking about what bars to go with

I have the ALT Rider bars of my 2011 GS but I do have to loosen them up each time I do a valve check, and that gets old. The ALT rider bars are not out yett & the TT are Stainless, I like that. The factory (OEM) list a special steel, what that means I don't know. At this moment I am leaning to the TT's and hope the ALT Rider version come out soon. I guess my decsion will depend on when my bike arrives

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I apologize in advance if there is already a dedicated thread on this topic. I'm hoping to get my new GS/LC sometime this or next week and need to decide on crash bars. What crash bars have you guys installed, or what do you recommend?
I've eyeballed the BMW and touratech crashbars and wanted to see if there was an advantage of one over the other, especially with price. Not looking to break the bank on crash bars.
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:49 PM   #13
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I have Touratechs on my GSW. The install was extremely simple. Now that the mounting hardware is there, you could pull the guards off in just a few minutes for maint. work.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:03 AM   #14
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SW Motech for me.






















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Old 08-05-2013, 01:14 PM   #15
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Looks like hepco and becker got this right

The lower bars dont encapsulate the entire cylinder head (which they don't need to) and the upper bars provide protection for the rest of the bike.

(I know there is a lengthy discussion of crash bars on--evenly split between the LC threadfest and the LC farkles threads.)

I'm wondering if anyone has done us the favor of tipping the bike over with the HB bars and has anything further to report?


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