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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-14-2009, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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Question Crash Bar Combination

I've been looking around for a crash bar for my red 08' V. The two brands that i've been able to find are sw-motech and hepco & becker. The h&b seems to protect the upper portion of the bike with the sw- motech protects the lower portion. When a car broad-sided me this previous january ($2k worth of damage- including new radiator, a messed up knee, and only 18) the top radiator cover was scratched to hell, radiator destroyed, and lower plastic guard melted to exhaust pipes. Thankfully my bike and i alike are all healed now. Anyhow, since each crashbar protects different portions of the sides i am thinking about combining them by cutting the top bar off the sw- motech and welding it to the h&b. (I am a companent welder and have access to all tools needed.) I know each guard is about $200 about so it is going to be a little expensive. Since i would invest some money and a lot of time in this i was hoping to get some feedback like if anyone has attempted this/ and if there is any reason this might be a bad or good idea? Afterward i would paint it passion red like the bike. I'll try to post a picture of what it could look like when i get so time.
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You could get just the Hebco & Becker crash bars, and add a lower horizontal bar welded to near its front lower motor mount mounting point, with rear attachment at rear motor mount bolt and add a welded lateral crossmember like on the SW Motech bars...

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The Sw motech bars attach to 3 solid points. motor mounts and frame. If I had the welding skills it would seem simple to put a cage over the radiator by welding to the top rails of the sw motech bars.
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The Sw motech bars attach to 3 solid points. motor mounts and frame. If I had the welding skills it would seem simple to put a cage over the radiator by welding to the top rails of the sw motech bars.
Has already been done and no welding needed:

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=1317
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Has already been done and no welding needed:

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=1317
I'm thinking he is going for radiator coverage similar to the HB bars.
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The Sw motech bars attach to 3 solid points. motor mounts and frame. If I had the welding skills it would seem simple to put a cage over the radiator by welding to the top rails of the sw motech bars.
This is the route I would take. The Motech bars are already set up to protect the lower engine cases (they work well, but don't ask me how I know that )....if you have the fab skills to combine the two bars, you should have the skills to bend additional upper bars from scratch to extend the Motech bars up around the radiator, and it would definitely be a cheaper way to get what you want. You could also link the Motech bars themselves as in the thread that Xo0oM linked to.
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I have the H&B bars but I agree what others have said. Get the SW motech bars because they have better attach points and then fab and attach bars that emulate the protection provided by the H&B. If money is no object then go ahead and combine them. I also like the method of connecting the SW bars.


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Hi everyone, I just thought to add that the SW Motech bars created so much vibration at 5000 RPM that I took them off and am looking for another solution. Came to this decision after a few calls/emails with Twisted Throttle, double checking the installation and experimenting with different tightness of the U bolts. I'm now considering the HB bars because of that cross piece which I hope will reduce the vibration at higher RPM's.
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