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Question T-Rex Crash Bars / OEM Light Bar

I'm looking for some crash bars for my 2017 650 but I also have the OEM light bar installed. I know the SW-Motech crash bars wouldn't be a problem but they don't look like they are particularly substantial (or worth the price). Similar objection with the Givi engine guard.

I like the T-Rex design but they route in front of the forks in the same area as the light bar. Anyone have the T-Rex crash bars installed with the OEM light bar? (Or possibly other brands that provide more protection without issues with the light bar).
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Mark - when I had a "crash-lay-down" w/ my '15 V650LT that shattered the left saddle-bag (tried to start out w/ my front-brake disc-lock STILL LOCKED), the bike hit QUITE hard on its left.



I have the SW-Motech crash bars which certainly did their job, as nothing else was damaged. [Check the pic.]




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I have the T-rex "crash" bar in my 2015 along with the SWMotech light bar with absolutely no interference issues. I think the SWM light bar and factory are quite similar.

Auxiliary foot pegs on the T-Rex also work a treat.

I did have an issue with a mounting clamp near the cam chain tensioner but a little sophisticated work with an angle grinder fixed it right up.

The slider bonus on the T-Rex is also a benefit, though I've fortunately haven't yet had to use them.

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I'm looking for some crash bars for my 2017 650 but I also have the OEM light bar installed. I know the SW-Motech crash bars wouldn't be a problem but they don't look like they are particularly substantial (or worth the price). Similar objection with the Givi engine guard.

I like the T-Rex design but they route in front of the forks in the same area as the light bar. Anyone have the T-Rex crash bars installed with the OEM light bar? (Or possibly other brands that provide more protection without issues with the light bar).
I also have the T-Rex engine cages (crash bars) and I can say these are probably the best for the price. The SW-Motech is a joke for the 2015+ models. It is simply a way overpriced bar. The T-Rex setup is much better and substantial. In addition, it includes UHMW sliders, which are great.

If you're interested, I can post a pic. But I don't have any light bar installed.

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Thanks for the input. I do like that the cage is more substantial and includes the sliders (I also want to install highway pegs and some point, which, with the TRex design shouldn't be difficult). I decided to take the plunge and ordered them. I think I can work around the light bar issues.

I'll post some pics when I'm done (assuming I'm successful) in case others have a similar concern.
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Ed - Thanks for the pics. They do seem to get the job done. It's always nice (for everyone else...) to see a real world example. I'm sure you would have just as soon not have the proof...
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Thanks for the input. I do like that the cage is more substantial and includes the sliders (I also want to install highway pegs and some point, which, with the TRex design shouldn't be difficult). I decided to take the plunge and ordered them. I think I can work around the light bar issues.

I'll post some pics when I'm done (assuming I'm successful) in case others have a similar concern.
Hey Mark, if you have any questions on installing the T-Rex crash cages, you can PM me and I can also help. There are pretty much no instructions to install them other than a T-Rex youtube video. It's generally pretty intuitive.

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Ed - Thanks for the pics. They do seem to get the job done. It's always nice (for everyone else...) to see a real world example. I'm sure you would have just as soon not have the proof...
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Please do let us all know how they install with the factory running lights in place, I've got the same question that I want answered before I order some!

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I got around to installing them today and as I suspected, they route right where the light bar is. I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to handle it but for the time being, I have detached each light from the bar and just have them zip tied to the crash bar.

The weather is going to suck for the next week or so, so hopefully I can come up with a solution in the meantime.
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The temporary position look good, get some clamp and secure the lights.
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Agreed...I like how they would look just attached to the crash bars. Just need to find some clamps that would work. The lights have a unique shape.
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Agreed...I like how they would look just attached to the crash bars. Just need to find some clamps that would work. The lights have a unique shape.

There are many models on the market.
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So now the next question, do the frame sliders stick out enough to actually do any good on the LT model (with saddlebags installed). Or will it make contact on the hand guards/turn signals/saddlebags first?

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So now the next question, do the frame sliders stick out enough to actually do any good on the LT model (with saddlebags installed). Or will it make contact on the hand guards/turn signals/saddlebags first?

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Ive had a couple of standing still easy drops when I first got the bike,once when a full tank deeked me out and another from being so cold at a stop I lost my balance. The contact points were the OEM pannier and the handle bar end . The front turn signal popped out,its gonna give for sure. I see some riders take out the metal plate holding the turn signal arm to the side fairing,allowing it to pop out without cracking the fairing. The crash bars should be called engine guards,protects your engine from damage. A banged up engine is bad news!
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Ive had a couple of standing still easy drops when I first got the bike,once when a full tank deeked me out and another from being so cold at a stop I lost my balance. The contact points were the OEM pannier and the handle bar end . The front turn signal popped out,its gonna give for sure. I see some riders take out the metal plate holding the turn signal arm to the side fairing,allowing it to pop out without cracking the fairing. The crash bars should be called engine guards,protects your engine from damage. A banged up engine is bad news!
I'm somewhat embarrassed to say that I've already had 3 slow/no speed drops:
1. Botched a hill start, stalled the engine, left foot slipped when I tried to put it back down.
2. While trying to roll backwards downhill down a gravel path from it's parking spot to our driveway.
3. While trying to learn "rolling dismounts".

No serious damage yet.. Scratches on the saddlebags and the hand guards. I already removed the bolts holding the turn signals in, so during (3) the left one popped out. I've since glassed the inside of the fairings as further insurance.

I like the Versys, but it is tall, heavy, and top-heavy to be sure. I'm not interested in single-track riding on it, but I do want to feel comfortable on dirt/gravel/muddy roads and generally uneven terrain.

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I like the Versys, but it is tall, heavy, and top-heavy to be sure. I'm not interested in single-track riding on it, but I do want to feel comfortable on dirt/gravel/muddy roads and generally uneven terrain.

-dm[/QUOTE]

Speedy lowering kit, it loses 1 1/2" clearance but you will appreciate the lower center of gravity. Lowered Sargent seat or do your own OEM seat mod,save a lot. Boots with a heel. Tall Versys has a lot of clearance, depends how off-road you like. Im 5 foot,8 inches,can flat foot now but dont ride off road much..I do that on my Electric mountain bicycle, I dont mind dropping it or hopping off and bailing out! That said, the Versys 300 looks like a good compromise. My buddy decided to go from the tall and heavier Africa Twin to a Honda 250, now hes full on off road. But lots of folks on this forum use their Versys 650 off pavement with great satisfaction, theres always a compromise with the concept of "Adventure" bikes.
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Even though I'm 6 feet and can flat foot the Versys fairly easily, I still went with the speedy lowering kit and really enjoy the lower center of gravity. The bike really doesn't feel top heavy at all any more and I never feel like I'm going to drop the bike.

At my age, 71, I'm certainly not as aggressive as I was in my youth, but I've never really gotten close to dragging anything in the turns. I understand that some people want/need the extra ground clearance as they ride their bikes in the dirt. I've got a KLX 250 for that.
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