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post #1 of 7 Old 11-27-2011, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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2009 Best Nerf Bar Setup?

I am a new KLR owner. I have a pretty good background riding off road but ths is my first HEAVY... I rode 200 miles off road the other day with at least 35 miles being fairly technical on such a large bike. Bottomed out the front end several times and the sandy washes with stock rubber presented quite a challenge. Needless to say, she stayed upright and i enjoyed my first adventure. I figure that laying it down is inevitable so I am looking for the experts to steer me toward the best adventure setup. I am looking at the Happy-Trail nerfs with skid plate and highway pegs. I have moose expedition on the rear with pelican boxes. What do you all recommend? Also, if anyone feels that there is an absolutley necessary mod for a new 2009, please feel free to point me in the right direction.
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-28-2011, 10:38 AM
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I am a new KLR owner. I have a pretty good background riding off road but ths is my first HEAVY... I rode 200 miles off road the other day with at least 35 miles being fairly technical on such a large bike. Bottomed out the front end several times and the sandy washes with stock rubber presented quite a challenge. Needless to say, she stayed upright and i enjoyed my first adventure. I figure that laying it down is inevitable so I am looking for the experts to steer me toward the best adventure setup. I am looking at the Happy-Trail nerfs with skid plate and highway pegs. I have moose expedition on the rear with pelican boxes. What do you all recommend? Also, if anyone feels that there is an absolutley necessary mod for a new 2009, please feel free to point me in the right direction.

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To my way of thinking the radiator ($685) is the primary thing to protect with nerf bars. The Happy Trail bars don't look beefy enough to me. I bought the SW Motech.

As far as other mods... look at the Common Mods and Issues section.

Most of the aftermarket skid plates sold by various vendors are the Utah Sport Cycle Richochet Skid plate find the lowest price, you're a KLRista now we're frugal (most would say cheap)!

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post #3 of 7 Old 11-28-2011, 12:39 PM
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I use the HT nerf bars and while I've never personally seen any others to compare them to, I would have to agree with Spec that I'm not sure I consider them strong enough to protect the pricey radiator.

In fact, I think they introduce material right in front of and behind the radiator (a steel tube in front and a flat piece of steel behind) that could possibly contact the radiator and do more damage than not having the things on at all. Just conjecture, though.

I never really liked the two-piece crossmember that threads through behind the radiator fan and voltage regulator and bolts together overlapping in the middle with a clamp and aluminum block around the front down tube.

That being said, many have been sold and used and there are both testaments to their strength and their weakness; all depends on the circumstances under which they're tested; what kinds of loads/impacts they're subjected to in various different directions. I've fallen over at low speeds on gravel and dirt a few times and they've done okay, but I really wouldn't consider that a test. I believe others have gone down at highway speeds and were quite pleased with the performance of the HT bars and the motorcycle's components they saved.

Let's just say if I had it to do over again, I would most likely go with the SW Motech bars. I think they look better and seem to have a superior method of attaching to the bike itself. This is just personal opinion.



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post #4 of 7 Old 11-28-2011, 03:17 PM
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I have the SW Motech and have put my bike down 3 times with them and 0 damage done, mind you all were very very low speed if not 0 speed

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I have Givi crash bars with a JNS skidplate, Barkbuster handguards and Happy Trail hard cases to round out the armor. I have yet to lay her down since installing all of this stuff

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Motech's in my I hope soon future.

Been lucky 8,000+ miles of beating the crap outta
the batcycle and haven't bounced hard yet. Few tipovers
n' scuffs but I need an engine cage or to grow up real quick.

Running on experience, prayers, and sheer dumb luck,

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post #7 of 7 Old 12-08-2011, 12:39 PM
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I have installed many different sets of "Nerf Bars" on KLR's in my shop over the past 6 years and I have to say that for the 09's the SW Motech are the best made IMO. Beefier!

I usually make my own but if I were to buy a set of bars for the 2nd Gen KLR's they are the ones I'd choose.

If you can, try and get a side by side comparison of the differnt one available to make your decision. Might try a local meet of riders for a Hamburgers or ice cream.

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