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post #1 of 31 Old 01-03-2016, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Happy New Year Folks! (glad '15 is over...sucked for me) What would you recommend for crash bars? Givi are more expensive than Dirt Tracks....last July one of my kid's friends accidentally pushed into my KLR and knocked it over...I was PISSED, but held it together. It jammed the throttle, I was able to fix it, broke the little "thing-y" off from under the foot-peg...(that doesn't seem all that necessary), and of course....scuffed up the right shroud. I wish i would have had the crash bars on it them....I'm going to get some Color-Rite paint and touch it up...it's not horrible, but it bothers me, and a new shroud with decals and all...is quite pricey. Anyway, what bars would be recommended?
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post #2 of 31 Old 01-03-2016, 10:40 AM
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SW-Motech bars have served me well, from simple falling over to a 60 mph crash and many times going down in the dirt.

I also have bark busters to protect the levers and things like the throttle. Also have served me well.
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Cool....thanks for the info...I'll check those out too
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I second the Motech. I think it's a matter of choice/price, etc. They all have their strengths and weaknesses. I laid my bike down on the dirt (slow) and the Motechs worked.

The reason I picked them over others is dumb though. They look cooler.




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I recently reviewed 9 different types of front crash guards. The short list was SWMotech and Nomad Riders with an honorable mention for MAstechs. I went with the Nomads. Many of the other guards, including DirtTracks and Givi, didn't seem to rise high enough to provide the level of protection necessary for what all's behind those side fairings.

I did like DirtTracks rear/side guards and bought a set. I have those installed with pictures in the "what did you do to your..." thread. My Nomads are supposed to be delivered tomorrow.

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I like "cooler!" I just might go with those!
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Happy New Year Folks! (glad '15 is over...sucked for me) What would you recommend for crash bars? Givi are more expensive than Dirt Tracks....last July one of my kid's friends accidentally pushed into my KLR and knocked it over...I was PISSED, but held it together. It jammed the throttle, I was able to fix it, broke the little "thing-y" off from under the foot-peg...(that doesn't seem all that necessary), and of course....scuffed up the right shroud. I wish i would have had the crash bars on it them....I'm going to get some Color-Rite paint and touch it up...it's not horrible, but it bothers me, and a new shroud with decals and all...is quite pricey. Anyway, what bars would be recommended?
I went with Givi and so far they have served me well.
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Any idea if there would be interference between the SW-motech skid and the Nomad Rider crash bars?
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I need to get me some crash bars too. I also need some sliders for my FZ1 >.< Had that Yami for like 6yrs and keep putting off the sliders.

I like the price of those Dirt Racks but the design (look stronger) of the SW-Motechs... hmmmm...

Just fee like there will be more bending if I went down on the Dirt Racks because leverage that could be generated on the top portion of the rack. There is no support backing it.

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I installed a set of Nomad Rider Guards on my 2016 KLR650 yesterday.

KLR 650 Crash Bars (08-2015)

I also considered (in order of ascending price) Tusk, DirtRacks, Mastech, Givi, Hepco & Becker, SW Motech, Happy Trails and R&G. After I made my selection of the Nomads, I found that Moose Racing also offers a set of guards, but they look exactly like the Happy Trails that I’d passed on. The range of pricing was $159.99 for the Tusk up to $499.99 for the R&G. The Nomads were $243 shipped.

There are a lot of pros and cons on each option, but the one big thing about the Nomads that I wanted to show you was the amount of physical coverage compared to the other options.

Below is a photo of the Nomad and then somewhat comparable size/angle (stock) photos of the seemingly most popular Givi Guard and the SW Motech Guard (my second choice). The Nomad has much more coverage than those other options and a cross member to make up for that big ring of emptiness in the middle.







The bar diameter on the Nomads was 1 1/8 inch (28.6mm) slightly larger than the reported 27mm of the SWMotech. The metal thickness is 2.5mm. I had read some reviews about cracking welds on the Nomad that apparently were isolated to a period that the Nomad bars metal width was only 1.8mm. If that's the case then the Nomads are really the meatiest of options.

Of course that means they weigh more too. The weigh was 15 pounds. Their website said they were 10, but I weighed them on my scale at 7.5 a side.

If coverage isn't that big an issue and budget is, I'd say look at the Tusk and Mastech, $160 and $185, respectively. They both looked like a decent set up.

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