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I do not like the Honda own as they seem more of a light bar over crash bars, but i am having issues with finding anyone who owns the 2023 Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT, who uses a different set than stock.

I have contact Givi and others but so far they come back with a sorry they not yet tested it with the 2023.

Anyone yet got there hands on a 2023 and have tested other crash bars and if so which ones do work for sure please
 

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2020, 2021, 2222, 2023 are all the same bikes physically only differences from 2022 the ATAS came with a shorter screen and different colour/graphics. 2023 has changed colour again, matt black is now Iridium grey but other than that there are no changes so if you get bars that fit 2020-2022 they will fit the 2023.
 

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I have the factory bars and they are garbage. They look nice and work well for my spots but I dropped the bike , not hard and the bars hit the side of the tank and now I need to replace those parts.

I have been looking at aftermarket bars but I am soooo confused. Each brand has pros and cons and I’m stuck.
please keep this updated with what you choose and why.

thanks

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2020, 2021, 2222, 2023 are all the same bikes physically only differences from 2022 the ATAS came with a shorter screen and different colour/graphics. 2023 has changed colour again, matt black is now Iridium grey but other than that there are no changes so if you get bars that fit 2020-2022 they will fit the 2023.
Sweet as... Thanks loads, will help loads on ordering parts :)
 

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I have the factory bars and they are garbage. They look nice and work well for my spots but I dropped the bike , not hard and the bars hit the side of the tank and now I need to replace those parts.

I have been looking at aftermarket bars but I am soooo confused. Each brand has pros and cons and I’m stuck.
please keep this updated with what you choose and why.

thanks

Heli
****, maybe i will avoid stock then, i was tempted as i thought i would get them powdered coated to match more and then being hondas own i wouldnt have issues, but seems i was wrong.
I did like the Givi, but Heed was my second pick as most seem to go that way,
 

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Outback all the way, got rammed by a VW Polo, bike went down, into a guardrail and still managed to drive home after. The Polo even had frame damage and was a total loss as result.

Only weak point is where the bar touches the frame.
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I intend to mount the Touratech bars. I need some protection and I want easy mount. Heed is mentioned here, I do not like the colors.
With respect to mounting/ install, not going to install any bars that need exhaust removal. I have limited wrenching skills. The more items I dismount the better chance I will create issues for myself.
Touratech bars are not the best option and they are expensive.
 

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I intend to mount the Touratech bars. I need some protection and I want easy mount. Heed is mentioned here, I do not like the colors.
With respect to mounting/ install, not going to install any bars that meed exhaust removal. I have a limited wrenching skills. The more items I dismount the better chance I will create issues for myself.
Touratech bars are not the best option and they are expensive.
So what is the best option?
 

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I've installed Altrider upper and lower crash bars along with their skid plate. Bike was dropped once at low speed in the dirt and they held up fine which I fully expected (also use Barkbusters which are way stronger than the plastic factory protectors).
On the Altrider site, they have a video that compares their product to competitors.
Good luck!
 

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The alt rider video guy makes it sound like no other crash bars will protect. I think they all have issues and unfortunately I don’t think Honda planned for bars. Disappointing on their part.
seemed a bit of an afterthought.
 

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I put the Heed crash bars on my 2022 ATAS ES DCT and have vibrations from the engine across the whole bike. I'm going to try loosening and torquing everything again but if that does not fix it I'm going with the Honda crash bars....The Heed bars seem strong but the vibration in not livable.
 

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I put the Heed crash bars on my 2022 ATAS ES DCT and have vibrations from the engine across the whole bike. I'm going to try loosening and torquing everything again but if that does not fix it I'm going with the Honda crash bars....The Heed bars seem strong but the vibration in not livable.
Could you keep us updated on this, as maybe also heading for heed.
 

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I put the Heed crash bars on my 2022 ATAS ES DCT and have vibrations from the engine across the whole bike. I'm going to try loosening and torquing everything again but if that does not fix it I'm going with the Honda crash bars....The Heed bars seem strong but the vibration in not livable.
I'm about to install my Heed's on '22atas, can you or somebody pls clarify the location of spacers on the 2 "L" brackets. This drawing shows spacers "between the engine and brackets" #10 in the picture
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However below photo clearly shows the spacer "between the L bracket and bike frame" which they also mention in the instructions.
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For the Right bike side "L" bracket there is simply no information on where to install the spacer, just by looking at the picture below, it seems the spacer is "between the L bracket and the engine"
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I can recommend the SW-MOTECH bars. I have them on my bike. Solid and well made.
 
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