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).
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.
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).
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.