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SW-Motech crash bar problem

Right crashbar is broken in 1/2 from what seems to be vibration. No accidents, not layed over etc.

Contacted SW-Motech by email and sent pics as requested NUMEROUS times. Finally they said they would warranty it and send a replacement. That was a few weeks ago. I have not seen a replacement and they are not responding to my emails to find out if it shipped.

Getting a little upset about it now. Who else makes decent crash bars for our bikes?!?!

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Hepco & Becker-Germany.



No problem at all and good finish.

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Thanks I'll check'em out!

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Best price on H/B crash bars and free shipping at link below

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Right crashbar is broken in 1/2 from what seems to be vibration. No accidents, not layed over etc.

So it just snapped in half? Like a clean break? I'm surprised that the little 650 is powerful enough to do that.

How long have you had them on the bike?
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Any pics of your broken crash bar?
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Yes ill post up the pics in a few...
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From what I see its purely manufacturing defect and the crack just propagated from the weld joint which might have been welded with a undercut which means too deep a weld and the vibrations from the engine just helped it out to open up. Welding and vibration are not too good a friends if I may say.

and press for a replacement even if you dont want to use SW.

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Do the H&B crash bars work for the Versys 2010?
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From what I see its purely manufacturing defect and the crack just propagated from the weld joint which might have been welded with a undercut which means too deep a weld and the vibrations from the engine just helped it out to open up. Welding and vibration are not too good a friends if I may say.

and press for a replacement even if you dont want to use SW.



I'll second this.
It looks like a defect.


Battle between HB and SW is like oil battle on most forums.
Both are good products and both work. Just take your pick.
I'm sticking with with SW for now.
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Do the H&B crash bars work for the Versys 2010?
Check this out:-

http://www.moto24.de/en/technical-ac...awasaki-versys

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Thanks for the link. I'm going to give it a few days to see what happens since I emailed them right before the holiday weekend. I don't think I'm being unreasonable and I've heard good things about Twisted Throttle. Heck if you look at my bike you will see about everything on it is from them lol.

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Manganos,

Sorry for the delay. Dereck, our employee that was handling your warranty claim, got hit by a deer a couple of weeks ago while riding his ZRX1200R home from work. He's been in and out of the ER and has had several surgeries since. While he was out, your warranty request temporarily fell through the cracks. The replacement crashbar was literally sitting on his desk ready to go before he went buck hunting.

The replacement crashbar is going out today. Sorry for the delay!

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As an aside, I showed the photos to SW-MOTECH's head of production and design. Their email to me stated:

"Iíve shown the forum pictures to our workshop. They will take a second look at the tooling, but it looks like this was just a very rare material or production flaw. So far this is the only reported case like this, and the parts were even tested by Kawasaki in Japan, so we are pretty confident the construction is not a problem."

They promised to keep a look out for any other similar breakage in the future, but so far, this is the only instance the manufacturer knows of worldwide in which this model of crashbar has cracked like this.

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-Mr. Twisted
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SW Motech crash bars for 10 Versys

I just clicked the button with twisted throttle to order the engine guard, pegs and clamps along with a taller Givi screen.
Ideally I would like to have both the SW Motech engine guard along with the Hepco Becker guard. I wonder if this would be possible or would it cause too much vibration? I really like where you can attach the hiway pegs on the SW Motech but think the H-B guards give better protection. Any thoughts?

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Thank you sir, prayers sent to Derek! I thought something unusual was up! Faith restored

I appreciate the heads up!
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Best price on H/B crash bars and free shipping at link below

http://www.adventuremotorcycleparts....Category_Code=

Thats a good price but the shipping isn't free....
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Hat off for Twisted Throttle.
It's good to have you with us.

Best wishes to your friend and speedy recovery.
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Yes hats off! Stick with who ya know will support ya!
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