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Mastech crash bars

Has anybody installed mass tech crash bars. If so....Did you run into a problem with clearing the engine on the right side while installing the bracket?
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I doubt there would be clearance from the pics, but I bet you'd have to take the smog off if you have it (left side) or fabricate brackets.

Damn, those look nice and I really like the cross-bar they include. Only $1 more than the SW-Motech bars...

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I only have about a half inch of clearance. And They supplied these really beefy mounts that I'll probably have to grind down
What kind of clearance do you have on the right side of your Engine?

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These look good! And just as I was about to order the swmotech! These look good though. As long as they can be installed...
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First I've heard too..

Bing knew about it..
http://mastechnousa.com/Kawasaki/kawasaki-versys-650

engine guards


they also make a nice looking bottom/skid plate

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I only have about a half inch of clearance. And They supplied these really beefy mounts that I'll probably have to grind down
What kind of clearance do you have on the right side of your Engine?
It seems crazy to me that the mounts wouldn't work. Have you put them in place and looked at it? Install everything loosely and see what you have to work with before grinding.

In the end you may be able to pull out what looks like aluminum U's and just use the U-bolts with a piece of plastic or rubber wrapped around the frame.

Don't over tighten!!!

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mastech-Engi...062?rmvSB=true

The one I saw on ebay looks like its an engine and radiator (side) guard. That one 'looks' good.
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Nice find- I've been having trouble finding a skid plate for my V.

Thanks!


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With a little bit of filing. Actually quite a bit of filing on the bench top spindle Sander I got enough clearance between the engine and the bracket to fit it on. Even have to sand the inside radius for a better fit. But everything snugged up well and I have about a quarter of an inch clearance between the bracket and the engine


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Why such a thick bracket? A small thin steel bracket would be as strong and may provide up to an inch clearance. I'm thinking almost any bump would move the bar more than 1/4" and damage your engine: what they are supposed to prevent in the first place. You can get universal brackets at Home Depot and drill, clip, and bend them yourself pretty easily. The thick aluminum brackets look beefy and nice, but not nice enough to chance damaging my engine anyway. ymmv (i.e. - tight clearance (to engine) in crash bars may not be good if you crash)

Of couse that could be fixed easily, so it may still be the best option for crash bars
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Glad you got it worked out! Those look really nice!

I think if you crash hard enough to have the aluminum hit the engine you have biker problems because it would mean the frame just bent.

That would have to be a hard crash...

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Agreed that this may be an overbuilt design. But if you lay the bike down hard enough to bend the main tube of the frame... I think you're going to have bigger problems than damage to your engine. Overall I'm very pleased with the fit and finish of these bars. They look very well-built and they appear to give good protection.

By the way these bars were purchased off of eBay.
The vendor was very responsible as I was short one bracket and they expedited parts to me with in a couple weeks. I was very pleased with their customer service.


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First I've heard too..

Bing knew about it..
http://mastechnousa.com/Kawasaki/kawasaki-versys-650

they also make a nice looking bottom/skid plate
That skid-plate looks VERY much like my SW-Motech ones.

I would like to see a pic showing a straight-edge from the top bar (of the crash-bars) down to the ground, at the same place as the tires' center is.

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2 months ago last ride of the year I low sided this bike at 40 mph.
I was blessed with a bent bar and ground off foot pegs. Luckily no other damage. What a horrible sound hearing your bike spin down the road.

Finished product!
Just waiting for 17/19 wire wheels.
Hiedenau rubber.

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Touratech crashbars

I haven't seen the Touratech crash bars mentioned anywhere. is anyone using these?

http://shop.touratech.com/crash-bar-...l#!prettyPhoto
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