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post #1 of 29 Old 03-04-2018, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on crash bars to buy

I just purchased a 2018 klr after over a 10 year hiatus from riding. Ive been considering either dirtracks full body or swmotech crash bars. Any suggestions or reviews on them would be greatly appreciated. I absolutely love this bike and cant wait to be a part of the riding community again.
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post #2 of 29 Old 03-04-2018, 06:31 PM
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I have personally tested the SWMotech Bars on mine . . . several times . . . . on both sides.

They work perfectly!
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post #3 of 29 Old 03-04-2018, 06:51 PM
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+1 on the SW Motech bars. Although when I bought my bike (used), I noticed the left side crash bar had, well, seen a crash !! It's bent in about a 1/2". It makes removal of the bolt on the lower fairing next to impossible, so I've just zip tied that hole together, where the rad shroud and lower faring are attached. I'd never stand for that on my BMW

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Thanks! I think im going with the swmotech. The dirtracks full body are just a bit bulky. The swmotechs have alot cleaner look and i think will provide the protection im looking for
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After doing some research, I went with Outback Motortek along with their skid plate.

https://usshop.outbackmotortek.com

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The Dirtracks are a great value. I've a set front and rear on my 02.
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post #7 of 29 Old 11-23-2018, 10:25 AM
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After doing some research, I went with Outback Motortek along with their skid plate.

https://usshop.outbackmotortek.com
The look pretty stout. Do you need to remove the skid plate to change oil? Looks like the filter is easy to access, but I canít tell about the drain plug from the pictures at the web site. Any other pros and cons you care to mention?
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I had a Gen2 with SW bars and they seem to bend in slightly when the bike falls over. I have a Gen1 with Happy Trails bars and in a wreck, the only thing hurt was a foot peg and the fog light bracket I welded onto it. And my shattered tibia plateau.

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I have these.. Very stout, rubber isolated and no high rpm buzzing like some thin tube bars give.. Also, they mount to the bottom tube of the frame and not to the foot peg mounts or rear subframe mounts, which are both weak points in a crash.. These bars are very sturdily built and inexpensive to boot. I'm very satisfied with mine.



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post #10 of 29 Old 11-27-2018, 06:47 PM
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I have these.. Very stout, rubber isolated and no high rpm buzzing like some thin tube bars give.. Also, they mount to the bottom tube of the frame and not to the foot peg mounts or rear subframe mounts, which are both weak points in a crash.. These bars are very sturdily built and inexpensive to boot. I'm very satisfied with mine.

https://www.amazon.com/Kawasaki-Cras...ds=alba+racing
Do they block access to anything such as screws to remove body parts, etc.? Are they compatible with any of the popular skid plates?
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