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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-29-2013, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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bended H&B crash bars

Hello guys,

some of you probably know about my recent "little" slide on my lovely red V. well, when I counted how many times I fell on the same left side I found out that it has been the case 4 times in my recent 11000km this year...the H&B held so well and I still beleive that is has been the best investment I made on my V.

Now, holding one time is ok...for times is a bit too much so I noticed that left crash bar got closer to the engine will the right crash bar got a bit far from the engine (sorry I'm still away from home and couldn't take a photo but I hope you see what I mean).

after a close look it seems that the connection between the left crash bar and the metallic bar that crosses over the radiator has been squeezed as well.

Now my worry is that if I "bend it back" to its original position it may weaken the whole structure or at least the connection that I referred to above. I'm already stretched on the budget side and can't afford a new set...

Has it ever happen to someone before? did you find a way to fix it without weakening it?

I'm about to get married in 3 weeks from now and my future wife wants a trip in south of morocco and spain (provided the weather is good) so I started getting my bike ready again...

Thanks a lot in advance
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Mine are kinda the same after getting hit by a car. They had been like that for almost 2 years.I didn't really notice it till i had them in the shop to have the Givi lights put on them. The mechanic asked me what i wanted to do and i told him to just pry them out as needed. He did and their just fine.

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I have a set of Dimotiv Crashbars that are almost the same as the H&B. I have always thought the design was a little flawed, but not enough to purchase something else. It has a strong attachment at the engine mount, and a weak (10mm bolt) over the plastic midfairing, then the upper part of the bar is simply tied to the other side with that same "crossbar" that you refered to. I have often wondered if this was part of the design, to have flex built into the system, or a design flaw. I think I might see if I can weld a tab to the frame near that small little tab behind the steerer tube. This can then be bolted to that crossbar, to give the upper part of the crashbars some beef.

Anybody try this?
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I ask TT about this one time and they said the bars should give before the frame as they are made of CR steel and weaker than the frame. I think I'd rather bend the crash bar than the frame much cheaper and easier to fix.

Or was that look THEN leap?
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