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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-07-2017, 05:57 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone have any experience with these crash bars?

Black Crash Bar Engine Guard Frame Protector for 2015-2016 Kawasaki Versys 650

Cost about two hundred, but more importantly looks to offer both fairing AND lower case protection?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-07-2017, 09:38 AM
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Out of China so they are a knock off of somebody else's design.
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Not good pictures, but welds look sloppy...

But tubular steel is tubular steel, pretty much, without getting into fancy metals.

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Not good pictures, but welds look sloppy...

But tubular steel is tubular steel, pretty much, without getting into fancy metals.

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ya ive seen better welds in the jr high welding shop... and some of the pinch points look like the pipes have been creased (greatly weakening them)

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Yeah the welding isn't stellar, but the design looks to be offering pretty much complete protection for the sides including turn signals.
You don't need it to support a dump truck, even with less than perfect welding it should still handle 220kg easily, it's steel after all.
The only downside I can think of (if you can call it that) is that these seem to be pretty bulky and not exactly pleasant to the eye.
But in terms of fairing and engine protection, they look pretty damn solid to me.
It's up to you in the end, of course, and it depends on your style. I imagine you won't be doing super crazy track days with that bike anyway so you should be fine.
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I just had them put on my bike. No real experience yet but I like the “tough” look. The welding is alright but I think the connection to the engine guard look abit cheap.
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Those have been posted a few times on here and I think I recall people having trouble with the installation.

I swear by these from Touratech. I had a low side last year when a car pulled out in front of me and they saved everything but the turn signal.

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Well I went with the Chinese bars, after a little back and forth with the "make an offer" function. According to tracking information, they should be arriving at my doorstep today or tomorrow. Assuming there are no major malfunctions (wrong item, two lefts, etc.) I'll keep you all posted.
While I think the eBay bars look pretty cool, I can't argue that the Touratech bars are cooler, although they don't seem to offer any lower end protection. In spite of that, I may go with them if I don't like the eBay bars. Thanks for your input!
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I would expect wall thickness and steel type would or could vary. I would stick to brand names like SW-Motech, Tourtech, Givi and RG since prices seem similar if it was my money.

Now there are at least 4 or more name brand manufacturers who make these for the Versys. When your bike wants to "lay down and rest for a while" engine bars will pay for themselves in saved damage to fragile plastics. They also may make the difference between a totaled bike and minor damage in a low side, I've low sided with them and speak from experience.

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...They also may make the difference between a totaled bike and minor damage in a low side, I've low sided with them and speak from experience.
Me TOO - w/ Hepco-Beckers on my '08. Just some scratches and a bent shift lever.

On the other hand - ME? Couple of busted ribs....

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Hello, I ordered these bars few days ago. It should came next week. After I install them I would post some review and pictures. I found review from one buyer:

"Good alternative to Givi
Arrived quick. Welds aren't great but same as Givi at half the price. Installed quick on a 2016 Versys 650."

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Well they are installed. I pretty much hate the way they mount, but can't argue against their solid feel. These bars really seem to offer a lot of protection, more so I think than many of the alternatives out there (admittedly based not on experience but internet research).

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Tyof45mRgRFzVPfq5

Ugly welds: yes...but most of my own welds are less than beautiful, and I have had none fail yet. Quality control left a bit to be desired. I had to space the left side foot peg out by almost a quarter inch so that the shift linkage didn't hang up on the rear mounting bolt (also had to grind on the bolt head a bit). The lower sections went on easily enough (after figuring out the spacing/bolt/linkage issue), and though I had my doubts, seem rock solid.
I would definitely not hesitate to tie the bike down or suspend the bike up in the air using the lower bars. The upper bars gave me a problem, primarily due to crappy link/mounts to the lower bars, and the left bar being shorter than the right. A bit more spacing (aka: strategic placement of washers) got the top bars mounted adequately.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/jz5u2LBeBqWf524t9

The look: straight Road Warrior, if you ask me. I really like the way these bars look, and also like the way they are shaped. I believe these will do what I need them to do, aka: keep me from being pinned under the bike in a crash, and protect expensive body and engine components in a tip-over (hoping to never have to find out for sure).

https://photos.app.goo.gl/pHfcCbGRwro1kLsD9

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https://photos.app.goo.gl/qRjVP2HMHCUFSddm8
Why don't all manufacturers of these crash bars give you a front and riders view? Wouldn't it be helpful to have an idea of just how far they stick out?

My gripes? I wish the hardware was a little heavier duty, tho all the bolts are stainless steel, so I can't complain much. Obviously I would like better quality control, but I'm paying $200.00 including shipping from another country and so can't really complain about that either. I was in contact with the seller via email, and they seemed very attentive and concerned about my issues. This winter I may come up with an alternative means of mounting the upper bars, clean up the welds a bit, add some small structural improvements, and have them powder coated...we'll see. For now, I am satisfied with these crash bars.
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