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post #1 of 9 Old 07-22-2013, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Weight of SW-Motech crash bars

Hey folks,
I'm trying to decide which crash bars to go with, the SW-Motech or the Happy Trails PD Nerf bars. Kind of a tough decision for me. Anyways, I've been able to find the weight of the PD nerf bars, but haven't been able to find the weight of the sw-motech bars anywhere online. Does anyone happen to know how much they weigh? I'm thinking they might be a good bit less... I figure by the time I have this bike kitted out for some real distance rides, every ounce is gonna count.
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-22-2013, 04:05 PM
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your adding about 20 lbs ..but worth every bit !! they take a beating ! ive never cracked or bent mine and ive had a few good slides now playing on some crazy 2 track once cause I got a front flat going down hill and bike slid about 25 feet not a scratch on the bike itself just dirt clods on crash bars ..

the motechs do fantastic job ..

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post #3 of 9 Old 07-22-2013, 08:50 PM
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I've got the Motechs, 15-20 lbs sound right. Love the look and beefiness, haven't had to test them yet.
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post #4 of 9 Old 07-23-2013, 12:44 AM
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Originally Posted by czo79 View Post
I figure by the time I have this bike kitted out for some real distance rides, every ounce is gonna count.
Only my opinion, but . . . I think the difference in weight between one set or another of guards might be inconsequential.

The KLR650 holds about 6 gallons of gasoline, men say. This fuel weighs about 6 pounds per gallon. In the course of your travel, you will have a weight variance of 36 pounds, if you top off the tank and run it dry.

(One aspect of the weighting of the bike; the fuel load is centered ABOVE the bike's center-of-gravity, producing some discernible FULL/EMPTY differences in handling modes; the guards are located well BELOW the center-of-gravity, with less effect on handling.)

Various stock weights have been quoted; Kawasaki says the "curb weight" is 432 pounds (don't trust their specifications entirely; they say the ignition is CDI (it's not, on Generation 2s) and the rear brake is single-piston caliper (it's actually twin-piston, on Generation 2s) http://www.kawasaki.com/products/pro...ns.aspx?id=702 ).

Regardless, taking 'em at their word, the fuel weight will vary by 8 % of the bike's stated curb weight. If the nerfs vary by, say, 5 pounds (a high estimate, I'd think), we're looking at about 1 % of the total heft, within an unavoidable swing of 8 % from fuel consumption and replenishment.

Still, it's YOUR bike; if your weight budget is critical and sensitive enough to you, by all means choose the lighter accessory, even if you otherwise prefer the design of the heavier one.


A consideration: The stock plastic bash plate appears lighter than any aluminum one; which will you choose? Again, I support you in whatever decision you make; only you know your own requirements and preferences; only you need to be satisfied by your choices.

Your detailed planning on outfitting your bike will doubtless help assure enjoyable and safe travel, bon voyage!

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post #5 of 9 Old 07-23-2013, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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That's probably a good point Damocles. I find the bike kinda slow when trying to pass as it is, which is basically stock and only carrying myself and what I can fit in the stock KLR saddlebags it came with. By the time I get it loaded up with crash bars and panniers and enough gear for a long trip, a couple pounds probably isn't going to matter much. I think I need to get the crash bars so I can have more fun on the dirt, giving my 1200gs riding friend a run for his money, then I won't mind the highway performance so much!
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-23-2013, 06:28 PM
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Check out the Givi bars too. I bought a set figuring they were the least expensive and easiest to install (read: easiest to replace), so if I dropped the bike on them and damaged them, they'd be the least painful to restore to original condition via replacement. I don't want to be discouraged from replacing them because they are expensive and difficult to replace if I need to. That was my logic.
For your concern, if you research them all, you'll find they are also the lightest of all, by a significant margin.

Turns out they are rock solid, look nice, and actually were easy to install.
I didn't like that the Motec's required you remove the seat and I believe recommend removing the tank. I don't recall specifically but it was more complex than the Givis.

I've actually dropped the bike on them twice on trails that were a little... beyond my capability
No damage or scratches to bike or bars. Or me. Low speed, bike fell on dirt once and on grass once.
Heavy bitch to lift the bike back up I'll tell you...
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-23-2013, 06:32 PM
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And - I can't imagine the Motecs weigh 15-20 pounds!
Using my 10 pound cat as reference, I'd guess the Givis weigh about 5 pounds total for the two bars.
There's no way (weigh?) the Motecs weigh 3x - 4x what the Givis weigh!

But the geometry of the bars concerned me regarding the Motecs too - with those long, extended hoops, they'd HAVE to be made of thicker metal to resist bending, simply from the forces of additional leverage on impact.
Still, there's no way it's THAT much thicker or heavier. That would be something.
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post #8 of 9 Old 08-03-2013, 12:06 PM
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You're probably right actually. My whole shipping box included barkbusters and all the packaging etc, and it only weighed 21 lbs shipped IIRC.

I have no issues with the Motech having recently tested them. My rear washed out going up a steep gravel hill and it went over on the left, with the top hoop landing right on a built up hard berm. Nothing more then some chipped paint on the hoop and scuffs on the left barkbuster guard.

I'd buy them again to problems. I don't notice any extra weight and they don't vibrate at all.
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-03-2013, 04:26 PM
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+1 on the Givi's. Very easy to install, look great! Haven't yet had to see if they work or not, but I'm betting they will do the job.

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