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Is there a difference between the sw motech vs givi crash bars? I am seriously considering this as the next purchase, but I am not sure if one is better. I know a lot of people on here have them. I tried looking in past posts, but it seems crash bars come up quite a bit in threads.

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I bought my bike used and it came with the SW Motech crash bars. They look nice and seem to fit really well. To me they seem a little more stout (not tested) than the Givi crash bars I had on my V-Strom, but the Givi did hold up well in a low speed, low side crash.


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Is there a difference between the sw motech vs givi crash bars? I am seriously considering this as the next purchase, but I am not sure if one is better. I know a lot of people on here have them. I tried looking in past posts, but it seems crash bars come up quite a bit in threads.
Ian - can't really compare, BUT if you want to (sometime) put a skid-plate on, I found out that the SW-Motech 'plate would NOT work w/ the H-B bars, so I removed THEM, bought and installed the SWs. Hope this helps you.

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I bought the SWM bars for my '09. They are very stout, fit well, easy to install. The upper rear mounts are, imho, mickey mouse. A u bolt and some sheet plastic to wrap around the frame member. A u bolt with a molded rubber insert would be so much better.
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Is there a difference between the sw motech vs givi crash bars? I am seriously considering this as the next purchase, but I am not sure if one is better. I know a lot of people on here have them. I tried looking in past posts, but it seems crash bars come up quite a bit in threads.
We sell both brands and get this question all of the time. Because of that, we took the time to write an article to help you figure out what is best for you. The article is written about side carriers but directly relates to crashbars as well:

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/news-...ecarriers.html

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"If your motorcycle is dedicated to street use and you do not typically overload your motorcycle, Givi sidecarriers are an economical solution for mounting hard cases on your motorcycle.

If you ride an adventure or enduro motorcycle that you may take off-road, or if you are just plain rough on your gear and tend to overload your bike, you may be better off spending a few extra bucks and getting the significantly beefier SW-MOTECH sidecarriers.

As in a lot of things - you get what you pay for. SW-MOTECH's sale price is higher, in part, because they use more metal. Givi's sidecarriers, while they will definitely do the job for the average street rider, may not take as much of a beating as SW-MOTECH sidecarriers."
I hope this helps.

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Is there a difference between the sw motech vs givi crash bars? I am seriously considering this as the next purchase, but I am not sure if one is better. I know a lot of people on here have them. I tried looking in past posts, but it seems crash bars come up quite a bit in threads.
If you intend to install a skid plate at the bottom, I would the same brand as the crash bars because in motorcycle-usa.com, they did a project bike series on the Versys and they had difficulty installing the sw skid plate after they installed the givi crash bar as both used the same mounting locations. Here's the link:

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/35/133...-IV-Video.aspx

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Awesome thanks guys. I think the general consensus is SW motech may be the better of the two.

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that's right, given that you put the bike on the ground, the Motech bars give you a good chance to ride away, while with the others, you have an equal chance of walking.
Ian - you can "go-to-the-bank" w/ this guy's advice!

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I just installed the SW-Motech bars a couple of days ago. The appear to be very stout and should offer great protection. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to install them.


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Well i prefer the Hepco/Beckers. Tested mine got hit by a car right on the right side crash bar ..There still on the bike

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