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post #1 of 8 Old 06-08-2009, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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SW-Motech Crashbars & Center Stand Added

Just fitted the SW-Motech crashbars and centerstand. I put on the center stand a week ago but didn't have time to start on the crashbars. Bought both from Twisted Throttle.
The center stand was a breeze. Even for me who has not done any whenching for many years. Used to service my own cars a little.
The most difficult part was trying to stand up after scrabbling around on my knees. Only copious amounts of medication can help me there.
The second difficult part was putting on the centerstand springs. I did not buy the puller accessory tool as I thought it was a waste of money. How many times would I really use it again? After messing around with clamps on the stand to lever against etc I finally used a long thin 1/4 inch diameter phillips tip screwdriver. I first hooked the inner small spring and held the tip end of the driver with my hand braced against the back of the stand, I then levered downwards (actually backwards as I held the stand up at the same time to reduce travel distance) and the spring hook slid along the shaft of the driver onto the retaining pin. I repeated the process with the stronger outer spring and it took all of two minutes. When the spring slid onto the pin I just slowly pulled the driver shaft out from between the pin and spring hook while twisting the handle.

The crashbars were a different story. I had found a lot of good advice and some photos on the forums that helped, but nothing prepared me for how basic the Motech instruction page actually page. The word "instructions" is used very loosely here as it's really just a series of diagrams showing you where the mount points are. The forums helped with the rest. Thanks to everyone who took the time to detail their install.

I had to uninstall the centerstand again to mount the crash bars, and the diagrams are unclear as to the sequence or order of parts for both the bars and centerstand where they mount to the footpegs.

Taking off the side panels, the saddle the stone guard etc was relatively simple and I used a labeled piece of cardboard with the removed screws and bolts pushed through to keep tabs on what would go back where. I did not remove the tank as advised on the forum, instead of a piece of 2x4 to prop the tant I shoved a boot toe in the gap after I lifted the back of the tank. I shup off the petcock and pulled off the fuel tube from the petcock side before raising the tank. Made a note on the cardboard to replace it later. With the tank raised and the stone guard off all the crashbar mount points were clearly exposed. I did follow the warning about only taking out one upper frame bolt at a time and installing that side crashbar fully before doing the other side. Worked well with only minor hole misalignment to contend with during the bar install.
I tried to apply logic here when mounting the bars at the footpeg points. Really adventurous for me, using logic I mean!
The centerstand was key to the logic used. For it to work as designed, and for the stand to pivot up and down without falling out of its pivot points, the pivot points had to be as close as designed and the spring mechanism had to be in line too, so I replaced its components in order as if the stand was fitted on its own, and then fitted the crashbar mount between the footpeg and the centerstand components.

Using the combined centerstand and the crashbars, selecting the correct length bolts from the combination of the two kits was fairly logical. There I go again with the use of logic. I measured the amount of free thread used when only using one kit and then selected bolt lengths with the same amount of free thread with the components of the stand and the bars were added together. It worked out well. On the side for the foot brake, the peg does get pushed out a good bit as you have the components for the retracting spring, the center stand pivot and the crashbars clamped between the peg mount and the original frame holes. Riding it does not feel much different.

I have inserted some close-up pictures. Hopefully they will help someone else. If anyone feels I mounted them incorrectly please tell me. I am married so I am used to criticism.....

I have a Black 2009. I removed the decals with the wifes hairdryer in about 15 minutes total. I have the Kawasaki soft tail bag and saddlebags. With the all black frame of the 2009 on a black KLR plus the black crashbars and black bags the bike looks fantastic.


I really like the fact that the bars have an integrated highway peg mount and anuxilliary light mount point on the bars already. See attached photo.

I had it at the dealer on Saturday and everyone was admiring it. It looks meaner and bigger with the decals off. The only indication of what type of motorcycle it is is the small Kawasaki name on the bottow of the windshield and the embossed colorless KLR stamped on the side of the saddlebags.

My future farkle is to add lights. I doubt I'll add highway pegs but I migh have a buddy machine some mushroom shaped pegs that I'll mount in their place to provide some protection to the auxilliary lights if I go down. I think highway pegs or something in their place will act as a standoff in addition to the bars.

Thanks again to everyone who posts and shares their experiences on the forum.

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-14-2009, 04:07 PM
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Thanks for the pix.

I plan on mounting the same bars someday when I come up with the scratch.

After taking the tank panels off to put a powerlet socket up front. I see how there ain't a lot protecting the radiator and the faring panels in case of a drop.

I have a black 09 too, and took the decals off before it cooled down from the dealer.
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nice looking job and good looking bike cant wait to get my bars on
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-26-2009, 09:06 PM
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I have the SW Motech centerstand and plan to buy the crashbars but haven't yet. Wish I had as since I dumped my bike when I was riding off-road and broke the right side fairing. The centerstand is GREAT! easy to put on and a really nice option. I agree though the instructions are a little lacking for the crashbars. I have downloaded them just to see what I would be getting into to. There's a halfway decent video of the installation on Twisted Throttle's website.

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I have to say the centerstand is great. very simple build and light compared to the happy trails version. happy trails let me beta test there stand and I had it on for a week and sent it back.
The happy trails stand has some nice points but quality sucks and it's pretty heavy.
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post #6 of 8 Old 07-01-2009, 10:26 AM
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Center stand with SW Mo Tech Crashbar

Can you give me the specific sequence where you attached the center stand and crash bars to the bike at the foot peg mounts? Please specify the right and left side. I am having a problem with the center stand staying on and when in the upright position it interferes with the chain. Thanks in advance.
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centerstand plates are the first thing that go against the frame. then crash bars against that, than the foot pegs. the spring plate for the centerstand goes last on the right side.
You want 35mm long bolts on the left side and the 40mm long bolts on the right.
my suggestion is to loosely hang the crash bars from the two other mounting points to hold it up for you..
Remember ONLY remove one sub-frame bolt at a time!!!!!
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-02-2009, 11:14 AM
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I can confirm what Fattkaw is instructing here. I made the mistake of purchasing the SW Mo Tech centerstand, then installing the crashbars at a later date. Because you share mounting positions, this requires you to take off the center stand and re-install with the crashbars. Although the instructions are generally good, it wasn't clear that the 40mm bolts are required on the right side if you are mounting both the centerstand and crashbars (this is notated in a small area at the end of the instructions). I was screwing around trying to get everything together when I realized the 35mm bolts weren't going to make it. I then noticed a couple of longer bolts in the kit and then realized what they were for. Another hint: an easy way to position the springs on the centerstand is to tie a loop of strong nylon twine. Place one end of the loop around the hook of the two springs, then place an object such as wrench or screwdriver through the other end. Hold onto both sides of the wrench or screwdriver and start pulling back as hard as you can. Once you have expanded the springs far enough, you can position them on the knob of the stand then release. Simply cut the twine and you're done.
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