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Crash Guards

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Finally, Riding Season just ahead, I am eager to get the break-in kilometers on my bike

I am looking for guidance on which Crash Guard to order I am torn between the Hepco-Becker and the SW-Motech any pro and cons you can share would be greatly appreciated.

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I asked the same question and was told it's horses for courses. I went with the SW-Motech's as I think they look a bit neater on the bike. Also ordered their Quick Lock Evo Pannier frames at the same time. Everything was straightforward and easy to fit. No modifications needed.

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I opted for the Hepco-Becker, many prefer these because they have a link across the top connecting the 2 sides. Not the greatest picture but you get the idea of how it looks.
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Looks Sweet - thank you for the quick response.
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HB Bars

I like the looks of the HB bars better. I've seen a picture of a V dropped that had these bars and there was very little damage, none to the radiator.
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I opted for the Hepco-Becker, many prefer these because they have a link across the top connecting the 2 sides. Not the greatest picture but you get the idea of how it looks.
Thank you - I didn't realize the SW ones didn't join up.
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I like the looks of the HB bars better. I've seen a picture of a V dropped that had these bars and there was very little damage, none to the radiator.
I also prefer the look of the HB's - thank you for your feedback
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I didnít care for the way the HBs seem to connect to the plastic cover with a tiny bolt? Went with SWMs since all my bikes have used them in one way or another in the past and their fit and finish exceeds OEM spec in my opinion. I like they way the look and they protect the radiator AND the side cases. 90% of the drops or slow speed slides I have seen have taken out either a side case or shifter/brake lever. The SWMs look like they do a better job at protecting those items although proof would be in the crash.

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H&B, crash tested-not just dropped, no damage to the bike other than a bent brake pedal.

Rubbed them down and re-painted with a Walmart rattle can good as new.


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HB's also go on alot faster, less than an hour, very little removal of items to install.


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Another HB.

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HB's also go on alot faster, less than an hour, very little removal of items to install.
??? Took me less than a hour to fit the SW-Motech's and I removed nothing, so I'd say there's little in it on that score.
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Had the Hepco and Becker bars Yep they are fine if all your planing on doing is dropping it on its side or sliding down the road ...on the other hand if those bars hit anything they bend rather spectacularly, in my case they bent back enough to puncture the radiator. (2 months off the road )

In my mind, you may not have the upper area coverage on the SW motechs but after seeing what Jdrocks bike has put through I'm going for those next time round.
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does anyone seriously think the the SW Motech bars will do the job any significantly different way tot he H&B bars?

personally I prefer the cross bar on the H&B's.. it should help deflect some of the load, and it has on the 3 low/no speed drops I've had

what ever bar you use can only do so much.
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Anyone have any pictures of a drop with the SW motechs installed. That picture of machog's is what sold me on the HB's.

Would be interesting to see what damage would have occureded in sambamboo's picture's without the HB's. I thinking more damage because the SW's don't cover that area.
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Had the Hepco and Becker bars Yep they are fine if all your planing on doing is dropping it on its side or sliding down the road ...on the other hand if those bars hit anything they bend rather spectacularly, in my case they bent back enough to puncture the radiator. (2 months off the road )

In my mind, you may not have the upper area coverage on the SW motechs but after seeing what Jdrocks bike has put through I'm going for those next time round.


if you just twist the connecting piece to face sideways and it clear the radiator and also it draws better air flow- Stlee29 design.

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I believe the SW bars do a great job.

They mount solidly to 3 points. Two of which are the motor mounts. They have a great variety of places to mount highway pegs.

The HBN bars have only 2 mounting points (that I can see in pictures). One of the mounting points looks solid but the other looks like it is a small screw that mounts over a plastic frame cover. (Looks cheesy imo). The HB bars have a piece of flat bar to connect them at the top. Folks who dump their bike usually say the whole setup shifts and bends on impact.

Near as I can tell, SW motec guys never dump their bikes. At least we don't hear crash bar disfigurement stories from the SW Motec guys.
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does anyone seriously think the the SW Motech bars will do the job any significantly different way tot he H&B bars?
Wouldn’t it have been cool if either company would have just made a set of bars with both upper and lower protection? Not sure why they didn’t. On the SWM bars the cross tube connection really wouldn’t make much of a difference. The bars are so stout and the tubing and attach points (thick material) so strong that if there was an impact so severe that it would cause that bar to bend you would have a ton of other issues to worry about.

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if you just twist the connecting piece to face sideways and it clear the radiator and also it draws better air flow- Stlee29 design.
I think Invader did this DIY first.
Observed the original HB crossover limited the air flow when fixing it up.
Had other better things to do then. When had the time, made 8 pieces. Sold 4 and passed 2 to Fastoman and Myred.

"Any pictures of a drop with the SW motechs installed?" echoing Pmac's question.

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Impact with the radiator was made by the flat connector piece welded to the top bar end, I'm doubting with the force of impact to the top of the bar that Stlee's modification would have made substantial difference. (It was on my list of things to do however as i think its a great idea)

Interestingly I was thinking of modifying them once i got them back from the repairer
and stick in a upper and lower brace ...but it was too far gone :/



this i think is the way to go with a modified SW motech bar (sorry for the picture hijack) get the best of both worlds and should be strong as an Ox

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