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Old 09-27-2005, 10:03 AM   #1
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TouraTech Carbon vs.Hepco Becker engine guards

Decisions, Decisions.....
Anybody have any experience with the Hepco Becker engine guards?

I've heard the stories of the design flaw in some engine guards (weak mounting points) and am wondering if to go with the Carbon Fiber pieces would be the way.

Thanks for any replies.

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Old 09-27-2005, 10:37 AM   #2
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Decisions, Decisions.....


I've heard the stories of the design flaw in some engine guards (weak mounting points) and am wondering if to go with the Carbon Fiber pieces would be the way.


Caught between the devil and deep blue sea, with a choice between marginal protection from the carbon or tweaking your frame with the hard parts. I went with the carbon. . .
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Old 09-27-2005, 10:46 AM   #3
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hepco becker guards

I waited and waited for the KTM guards and finally gave up a year ago. Went the the Hepco's @ around $200.

I just crashed this past weekend in the dirt. The guards worked!!!!!!!!!!!

They didn't move into body parts at all. They got deeply gouged but the ground and sanded out just fine.

They are higher on the bike than the KTM guards and seem to protect the fairing much higher than KTM's. The plastic up near the windscreen got scratched, but that is my badge to stupidity.

If I had the carbon fiber protector I'd hate to see the damage above them in my fall.

Did break off the right side mirror. That fix is under another thread on mirrors.
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Old 09-27-2005, 02:18 PM   #4
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i have the hopcop becker ones.
Lowsided on a roundabout at 45mph while getting my knee down and there fine, much better than the carbon ones in my opinion
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Old 09-27-2005, 05:08 PM   #5
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Anyone considered the SW-Motech bars? Any feedback as I too am in the market for a set of crash bars. Not that I ever crash?


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Decisions, Decisions.....
Anybody have any experience with the Hepco Becker engine guards?

I've heard the stories of the design flaw in some engine guards (weak mounting points) and am wondering if to go with the Carbon Fiber pieces would be the way.

Thanks for any replies.

Charles
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:41 PM   #6
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Eh?

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Anyone considered the SW-Motech bars? Any feedback as I too am in the market for a set of crash bars. Not that I ever crash?


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Besides looking like shite? They look like they catch lots of branches as there's lots of space between the bike and bar, thread hijacking n00b! (kidding!)
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Old 09-28-2005, 06:37 AM   #7
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Besides looking like shite? They look like they catch lots of branches as there's lots of space between the bike and bar, thread hijacking n00b! (kidding!)
Look! Its the battle of the nOObs!!!!!!!!!

jes kidding. Hijack over
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Old 09-28-2005, 08:53 AM   #8
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Laugh Hepco

Put the Hepco's on last summer just before the Continental Divide trip.....got into some bad shit (my fault, bad navigation)
Bike went down several times on rock/gravel hills, mostly just "step-offs"
Between the Hepcos crash bars and Hepco bags, no damage to bike except one little corner of a decal got scratched.....
Scratches in bars, but dents or bends

Great product
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Old 09-28-2005, 09:41 AM   #9
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Put the Hepco's on last summer just before the Continental Divide trip.....got into some bad shit (my fault, bad navigation)
Bike went down several times on rock/gravel hills, mostly just "step-offs"
Between the Hepcos crash bars and Hepco bags, no damage to bike except one little corner of a decal got scratched.....
Scratches in bars, but dents or bends

Great product
Thanks Hank, Lou, Kiwi, and Great Satan. I think I'll go with the Hepco's. I was on my off-road maiden voyage chasing my buddys around the Adirondacks on a combo of fire roads, jeep trails and singletrack. They were on a DR350 and an XR650. I used to think the XR was big until I was going downhill over babyheads on the 950. Needless to say I was PARANOID about puncturing the tank in a fall and it took a lot out of the fun factor. TKC80's, rear master cylinder guard, and the Hepco's and I'll be a happy camper.
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