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11-23-2019 07:15 PM
WeeWilly
Poland seems to be the only source

Looks like Poland is the only source. There are some Ebay sellers but you're still getting them shipped from Poland.

The $80 shipping charge is the giveaway.

W2
09-20-2019 06:46 PM
motorat Are there any us distributors or do you have to order them from Poland?

thanks
09-02-2019 09:05 PM
davidji
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Originally Posted by Rooster View Post
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.
Pics of the modified area on the left? Are you happy with this setup?
08-28-2019 12:24 PM
mikef A bit of a heads up (heeds up?) for anyone considering buying a set of Heed crash bars for their ATAS as I have recently done. Very happy with the bars themselves although I have not had the chance to test them yet by dropping the bike. The problem is with the OEM Honda auxiliary lights which I specified on my bike from new. The standard crash bars have bosses which allow the lights to be screwed directly onto them but the Heed bars dont have these bosses which means that you have to buy the Heed universal light fitting kit to fit them. The problem with the light fitting kit is that it just contains a bunch of brackets and screws with collars to fit around the crash bars, none of which seem to be designed to specifically fit the Honda OEM lights. The other problem is that the front Heed bars are at a slightly different angle to the front Honda bars which means that if you do use some of the right angle brackets supplied with the lighting kit, the lights point up at the sky, not down at the road. With some experimentation, I did eventually manage to find a combination of brackets which puts the lights at just about the correct angle but the contraption looks terrible and is far from secure

I have contacted Heed directly by email twice to question how their universal light fitting kit, which is advertised on their website as being suitable for the OEM lights on the ATAS, actually fits but all they've done is send me the original instructions which were in the packet and which were useless anyway and some photos of the individual components which is of no help either

So if you are considering buying the Heed crash bars for your ATAS equipped with OEM auxiliary lights, be prepared to be disappointed by the universal light fitting kit that goes with them or, if youre clever enough, fabricate some custom made brackets
04-08-2019 10:19 AM
EdiOrioli
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Originally Posted by hit-man View Post
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... 😁
03-26-2019 01:21 PM
Michael Pollard Good to hear, thanks!
03-25-2019 11:46 PM
jege41 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.
12-27-2018 08:03 PM
Newc Do the Heed Crash Bars have to be removed for access to the fairing when servicing the air filter?
10-26-2018 02:53 PM
hit-man 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.
09-14-2018 06:03 PM
Campbell Hay
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Originally Posted by Rooster View Post
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
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