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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 02-02-2018, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Crash bars.

I just got my AT. Falling will be part of riding. And with so many options it very difficult to choose!
So, what is the best bar to get? (And keep it $ in budget)

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post #2 of 50 (permalink) Old 02-02-2018, 11:19 AM
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There are several other threads on this topic with lots of information. If you use the search function, you should be able to find them.
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post #3 of 50 (permalink) Old 02-02-2018, 11:47 AM
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Welcome to the forum Ouri. There is no clear answer on best crashbars, you're just going to get endless opinions. All have their advantages and disadvantages to weigh. FWIW I went with Outback Motortek mid bars + lower bars + skidplate and I'm happy with the setup.
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I have the Heed upper bars & the Bumot skid plate (which protects the lower part of bike)
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I've actually crash tested the Happy Trail crash bars and quite happy with the protection they provided. I like their simplicity and just a bit less weight on the bike to be picking back up. Picture shows the damage they sustained and not a thing on them bent and it was not just a drop, but actual low side crash at about 30 mph. As mentioned above there are a lot of choices and will be a lot of opinions, but when I buy a quality product that does what it is supposed to do I like to give word of mouth promotion to the manufacturer.
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I bought the Rumbux crash bars. The advantages are that you have upper and lower crash bars, with a very sturdy bash plate for engine protection incorporated in one.
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I went with the Touratech bars as they are low and forward and easy to mount highway pegs. If you crash hard enough you'll bend any bars. I don't crash often and a low speed letdown won't hurt anything as far as I'm concerned. Any crash hard enough to bend crash bars will probably bend me. I don't bother to carry a first aid kit on my bike because if I hit a moose at 100 kph a tube of neosporin won't do me any good.

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Hello all,

I never see any comments regarding the OEM crash bars. I'd imagine they are expensive, but I'd like to think since they are factory built they'd be among the best (though it sounds like thats not true with the OEM panniers). I've got my eye on the new Africa Twin Adventure Sports and it comes with them stock, so I am curious if they'll do the trick or I need to look at an aftermarket set.
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Riggwelter: I fell on the right side of my AT AS DCT and the OEM bar broke the fairing (cowling) instead of protecting them. They are worthless, it is just a additional lights support only, any aftermarket crashbar is much better than the Honda OEM. and I am thinking the same goes for the OEM skidplate.
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Hello all,

I never see any comments regarding the OEM crash bars. I'd imagine they are expensive, but I'd like to think since they are factory built they'd be among the best (though it sounds like thats not true with the OEM panniers). I've got my eye on the new Africa Twin Adventure Sports and it comes with them stock, so I am curious if they'll do the trick or I need to look at an aftermarket set.
I've read several comments about the OEM Light Bars and the consensus seems to be that they aren't worth much in a rolling tip over, but are fine for minor protection. If you have serious of-roading aspirations, then you will probably want to plunk down some dough for aftermarket crash bars/engine guards/skid plate. That's probably why I will go for the Standard version and save the $1500 difference to spend of more robust protection.
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