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Modified Crash Bars

Not liking the way the SW Motech bars mounted to the frame on the rear. I decided to change them a bit. My thinking was that I was taking a rubber mounted engine and hard mounting it to the frame through the bars. I thought this seemed silly. Also from all the post I seen about increased vibration, my theory seemed confirmed.

So with that in mind, I cut off the rear mount of the bars. I cut them at the point that the bend started. I could of chose anywhere along there, that's just the point I chose. I capped the end with a 7/8" plastic cap.

Now I have not changed any mounting of the engine to the frame. Sure I had to add some spacers here and there, however the engine is mounted to the frame in all the same points. To my mind, this seems like a better setup.

Have I lost any strength or protection? I don't believe so. Most guys don't snug down the rear mount anyway. The bars are still super stiff with no flex. And the bars cover the same area.

I have not had a chance to ride it yet. I do not expect any increased vibrations though.

I have included a few pics. I still need to touch up the paint at the cuts.
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While it looks like interesting idea i would be scared of the pointy end facing my body.


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not until the bike goes down, then you'll find out that you've compromised the design of best bars on the market.
Perhaps. I'm betting not so much.
Thanks for your input.

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While it looks like interesting idea i would be scared of the pointy end facing my body.


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As opposed to all the other "dull" items.
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I think you should be OK. You still have 2 solid mounts per side.
If you don't mind me asking... Why? Are you having a problem with too much vibration?

I am trying to figure out how to add more mounting points to my Dimotiv bars, while you are cutting yours off.
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I just did not like the way the rear mount worked. A u clamp? Really?
Then to have a "rubber" mounted engine with a solid mounted crash bar to it and the frame really boggled my mind.
People act like this bike weighs twice what it does. I lift people who weigh as much as this bike at work. (No, not alone). A crash bar for these does not need 6 points of contact. Hell, the ones on the goldwing only have two.
Anyway, just thought you might find it interesting.
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Modified my Givi bars last month too... they're all scratched up on one side now :P
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I lift people who weigh as much as this bike at work. (No, not alone).
Bariatric PT? Medic like me?
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I just did not like the way the rear mount worked. A u clamp? Really?
Then to have a "rubber" mounted engine with a solid mounted crash bar to it and the frame really boggled my mind.
People act like this bike weighs twice what it does. I lift people who weigh as much as this bike at work. (No, not alone). A crash bar for these does not need 6 points of contact. Hell, the ones on the goldwing only have two.
Anyway, just thought you might find it interesting.
You are right!

Will weld a bar one of these days for the V. Thats right you heard me right one bar. I'm welding steel almost every day and what I put on the V will look great too.

My private symbol will also be on the bar acting as a skid plate on both sides.

Well done Smallvill!





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You are right!

Will weld a bar one of these days for the V. Thats right you heard me right one bar. I'm welding steel almost every day and what I put on the V will look great too.

My private symbol will also be on the bar acting as a skid plate on both sides.

Well done Smallvill!
Thank you.
I knew I could not be the only one who thinks this way.
I will be interested in seeing what you come up with.
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this defeats the engineering design of the sw-motech bars, imho it doesnt look good either, most of all, worried about that tube pointing at your shin...

did you ever consider installing frame sliders instead?

i am also not a fan of motech, mainly because of its ridiculous price, so i manually created, took the welder 6hrs to finish and me instructing the whole time:


how it was made:

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Bunch of friendly folks here. I know its not for everyone. Different flavors of ice cream and all that...

Just like I'm not sure I would trust that guys welding ability. All in what you want.

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