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I compared the prices to Estonian prices and they are really high for you guys :/
For example: Fairing crash bars £228.00 vs 199€
 

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Since the engine guard and fairing protector together are a few quid cheaper than the OEM fairing protector from Honda, I've preordered these from Touratech, along with an above instrument locking mount for a Garmin Zumo 390LM.
 

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Does anyone else not like the way that the fairing engine bar covers the 'Twin' in the 'Africa Twin' decal? Or is no-one else as OCD pedantic as me? :grin2:
 

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Does anyone else not like the way that the fairing engine bar covers the 'Twin' in the 'Africa Twin' decal? Or is no-one else as OCD pedantic as me? :grin2:
Agreed, that would annoy me too. The Honda OEM bars are a better design and also have a bend in the front which just looks better IMO. The Touratech design seems to have more protection on the engine side but the Honda version has better protection on the front side since it sticks out ahead of the headlight.


 

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I see the Touratech engine crash bars are a separate item and not part of the fairing crash bars which makes the Honda crash bars a better option as far as I'm concerned.

 

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I see the Touratech engine crash bars are a separate item and not part of the fairing crash bars which makes the Honda crash bars a better option as far as I'm concerned.
I don't see any engine protection from the Honda bars. In other words, you get the same protection (in the sense of area, I wouldn't like to comment on which is stronger) as the Honda bars from just the Touratech faring protector and the Touratech engine protector builds on that. As an added bonus, with Touratech, you get both for slightly less than what the faring protector alone runs you with Honda and they're made of stainless steel.

I may be completely wrong, please do correct me if this is the case. Also, I'd be interested if anyone knows what the Honda bars are made of. I've never known Honda to use stainless steel outside of some exhaust systems.
 

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It looks like the Honda ones stick out further which may negate the need for engine protectors. But then again, maybe not! Personally I prefer the TT ones as they don't stand out so much - especially at the very front of the bike. But everyone has their own preference!

I have a test ride this afternoon - the dealer delayed it from this morning as they were fitting all the accessories. If it has the cowl bars I'll see what they look like...

Hope the heated grips are fitted!
 

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I may be completely wrong, please do correct me if this is the case. Also, I'd be interested if anyone knows what the Honda bars are made of. I've never known Honda to use stainless steel outside of some exhaust systems.
The Honda bars look like they are steel but I still prefer them irrespective as they follow the lines of the bike. The engine guard is a little overkill because the fairing guard would protect the engine if the bike falls on its side. Unnecessary weight.

...each to their own :wink2:

 

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I don't see any engine protection from the Honda bars. In other words, you get the same protection (in the sense of area, I wouldn't like to comment on which is stronger) as the Honda bars from just the Touratech faring protector and the Touratech engine protector builds on that. As an added bonus, with Touratech, you get both for slightly less than what the faring protector alone runs you with Honda and they're made of stainless steel.

I may be completely wrong, please do correct me if this is the case. Also, I'd be interested if anyone knows what the Honda bars are made of. I've never known Honda to use stainless steel outside of some exhaust systems.
Honda bars are made of aluminium and very soft, I just touched them and speak with the dealer about them.
 

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Honda bars are made of aluminium and very soft, I just touched them and speak with the dealer about them.
I doubt they are soft !

It also explains the cost. They generally use an aluminium alloy like they do in handlebars which is very strong. Take a look at Renthal bars used on motocross bikes, we've all seen what motocross bikes can do. I have no doubt they will be strong and with the added bonus of being very light. Still my favourite despite the added cost but hopefully other options will come to light.
 

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I've just ridden a DCT bike which had the Honda bars (and fog lights) fitted.

The bars are aluminium in appearance but I didn't scratch them to check whether it was just paint over steel. But they seemed sturdy enough. Certainly for the average drop they would protect the fairing - although you'd imagine the design might make them vulnerable to being pushed to the side a bit if it was a hefty drop - eg off a bank.

I looked at the angles and, certainly for a DCT bike, I'm not convinced the engine would be protected with just to the cowl bars attached - especially if they did move slightly.

Heated grips weren't the most powerful I've ever encountered either but were OK.

Good job the bike was nice!
 

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Lovely! And if Google Translate is correct, they're also available in black which I think will look better on the red AT.

Anyone used H&B crash bars in the past and have views on their strength when compared to Touratech?
 
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