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Old 09-05-2005, 08:02 AM   #1
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Crash protection

Having had my first get-off, albeit at low speed in sand that didn't do any damage, I'm thinking if I do more serious off-roading I should invest in some crash protection for the expensive, hard-to-repair tanks. The options appear to be:

1. KTM crash bars
2. Hepco-Becker crash bars
3. KTM carbon fiber tank protectors

I'd be interested in opinions regarding which are best. I think I read about a weak point at the lower tank mounting point. Do any of these protect that spot? Also, are the KTM bars still hard to get? I've been waiting 6 months and counting for a new gas cap.
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Old 09-05-2005, 01:26 PM   #2
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I can only comment on the KTM Crash Bars since that is what I am running on my 950. They have absorbed a number of big and small impacts. The worst was 35-40 mph on pavement. They have been bent back into shape, smoothed with a grinder and repainted a couple of times now. My tanks have recieved some minor scraches on the paint where the bars have rubbed during a crash. Over all I am convinced that the KTM Crash Bars have saved my fuel tanks from distruction more than once IMHO.



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Old 09-05-2005, 02:11 PM   #3
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Carbon tank guards

I've just installed the KTM crash bars (not yet crash tested), so I can't comment on their effectiveness.

Relative to carbon tank guards, I suggest the guards that are available from Adventurers' Workshop. The fit and finish are excellent, and they secure to the tank with the lower fairing bolts and the two bolts under the tank. Due to the thickness of the guards, I had to size up on all four bolts (from my local Ace Hardware). It would have been nice to have the longer bolts included; other that that, they are outstanding.
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Old 09-05-2005, 08:45 PM   #4
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Touratech users?

I see the Touratech site shows their CF tank protectors are back in stock.
Anyone using them and would like to comment?

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Old 09-05-2005, 09:05 PM   #5
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Is Bigt twin still making his beefy tank guards?? (believe that is who it was)
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Old 09-05-2005, 09:14 PM   #6
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i went the ktm crash-bar route. i think it's a better deal if your bike is going to be on its side a lot. instead of the tank taking the smack, your bars take the hit.

however, the CF protectors sure look nicer.

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Old 09-05-2005, 11:54 PM   #7
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Carbon performance guards

I have the Carbon Performance guards which have taken some pretty good hits from rocks with only scratches, I was still a little nervous since I seem to get off a lot and have gotten the KTM guards since. I have both on my bike which is probably overkill. One good thing about the carbon performance ones is you can buy just one side if you mess one up.
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Old 09-07-2005, 01:49 AM   #8
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I have CF for rocks etc and the KTM crashbars. Had a highside a few months ago and saved the bike from a lot of damage. Bars pushed into the LH tank slightly with minor effect, insurance replaced none the less. They did take a large impact at 90kph and held up beter than I did. I have seen some owners complain about them but I think they're well worth the investment.
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Old 09-07-2005, 03:03 AM   #9
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You missed the SW Motech bars .
http://www.mo-tech.de/produkt/index....0&marken_id=44

I have a copy of this style fitted.
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Old 09-07-2005, 03:19 AM   #10
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You missed the SW Motech bars .
http://www.mo-tech.de/produkt/index....0&marken_id=44

I have a copy of this style fitted.
Can you run a high fender with the SW Motech bars?
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Old 09-07-2005, 04:39 AM   #11
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Can you run a high fender with the SW Motech bars?
It might be possible if you "lowered" the high fender about an inch or so with
spacers .
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Old 09-07-2005, 05:39 AM   #12
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Hepco and Becker

Here's an early shot of the H&B's on my bike (prior to removal of the lower fender). I really like the fit and finish of the bars and the extra strength provided by the crossover bar.

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Old 09-07-2005, 07:33 AM   #13
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You missed the SW Motech bars .
http://www.mo-tech.de/produkt/index....0&marken_id=44

I have a copy of this style fitted.
And your opinion of them is...?
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Old 09-07-2005, 07:33 AM   #14
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Here's an early shot of the H&B's on my bike (prior to removal of the lower fender). I really like the fit and finish of the bars and the extra strength provided by the crossover bar.
How well do they protect the weak spot at the lower tank mounting bolt point?
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Old 09-07-2005, 07:34 AM   #15
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II have seen some owners complain about them
What were their complaints, other than difficulty mounting them?
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