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Rooster 04-24-2018 10:29 AM

Heed Crash Bars and SW Motech skid plate
 
As a former race car chassis fabricator and long time bike builder I always try not to reinvent the wheel. When I needed crash bars for my 2017 Africa Twin I looked at many pics of all the bars out there and made a educated decision which one looked right and gave me the best bang for the price. Hence i ended up with Heed crash bars. They arrived from Poland or some eastern European country that I may never have heard of, but hey, they are not from a mass production facility with no quality control in China.
They were packaged by some Psycho who's life must depend on them arriving with no damage. You are more likely to damage them unpacking them than if the box was dragged to the U.S behind a truck. I found the bars to not only be high quality, but thumbs up to the engineer who came up with the design. Very well thought out, easy to install and they provide protection everywhere I need. I further installed a SW Motech skid plate which I also felt gave me superior strength and coverage. The combination of both the Heed Bars and the Motech skid plate gave me full coverage. Note: The skid plate has to be notched on the lower left rear fastening point for the crash bars. I did it with a band saw and a 4" hand grinder.

Campbell Hay 09-14-2018 05:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Rooster (Post 269577)
As a former race car chassis fabricator and long time bike builder I always try not to reinvent the wheel. When I needed crash bars for my 2017 Africa Twin I looked at many pics of all the bars out there and made a educated decision which one looked right and gave me the best bang for the price. Hence i ended up with Heed crash bars. They arrived from Poland or some eastern European country that I may never have heard of, but hey, they are not from a mass production facility with no quality control in China.
They were packaged by some Psycho who's life must depend on them arriving with no damage. You are more likely to damage them unpacking them than if the box was dragged to the U.S behind a truck. I found the bars to not only be high quality, but thumbs up to the engineer who came up with the design. Very well thought out, easy to install and they provide protection everywhere I need. I further installed a SW Motech skid plate which I also felt gave me superior strength and coverage. The combination of both the Heed Bars and the Motech skid plate gave me full coverage. Note: The skid plate has to be notched on the lower left rear fastening point for the crash bars. I did it with a band saw and a 4" hand grinder.

Hi Rooster any updates on the crash bars after 5 months of use & abuse, Im about to buy a set for my AT DCT & wondering how the Heed x are holding up?
Have you crash tested them yet
Do the bars create any servicing issues with access to air filters etc?
Would you buy them again or buy something different if you had to replace them?
Im a bit concerned about the bottom back right mount that is jammed in place with a bracket with only half holes slipping out under pressure

hit-man 10-26-2018 01:53 PM

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Hi Campbell Hay. I had a crash off road last weekend with my Heed bar equipped AT. The only damage was limited to the powder coat finish on the bars. Some 400 grip wet/dry sand paper and Rustoleum semi-gloss black has taken care of that too. The bars do have to be removed to take the body work off the bike, but this takes 20-30 minutes and is well worth the effort given the protection they provide.

Newc 12-27-2018 07:03 PM

Do the Heed Crash Bars have to be removed for access to the fairing when servicing the air filter?

jege41 03-25-2019 10:46 PM

I have the Heed Bunker bars on my 2018 CRF1000A/D
The oil dip stick issue is a bit of a pain but still accessible.
I had a drop yesterday in the parking lot and she went down pretty hard on the right side. The Heeds held up pretty good other than powder coating and some moderate blistering of the tubing.
Broke a brake lever, cracked a hand guard and also some scraping on the rear foot peg corner, all in all it could of been worse I suppose.
The engine, fairing and plastics were all OK, no scratches or broken bits.

Michael Pollard 03-26-2019 12:21 PM

Good to hear, thanks!

EdiOrioli 04-08-2019 09:19 AM

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Originally Posted by hit-man (Post 289031)
Hi Campbell Hay. I had a crash off road last weekend with my Heed bar equipped AT. The only damage was limited to the powder coat finish on the bars. Some 400 grip wet/dry sand paper and Rustoleum semi-gloss black has taken care of that too. The bars do have to be removed to take the body work off the bike, but this takes 20-30 minutes and is well worth the effort given the protection they provide.

Funny enough, you put DCT version of Heed Bunkers on a manual transmission Africa Twin... 😁


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