I have the Motechs. I haven't tested them and prefer not to. Most here have been lucky enough to be in the same situation regardless of brand, but you never know, eh?
Here's why I got the Motech's
If you look at the pics above, you'll notice that the H&B bars have been crushed at the weld joints. This was done in order to avoid having to "fishmouth" the tubing (cost savings??). On the H&B, a slot is cut into the front bar and then the crushed horizontal (horizontal and vertical are relative terms in this case) bar is slid into the slot and welded. This is a LOT easier/cheaper way to build a bar and compensate for production tolerances. However, I don't believe this "crush" method is as strong as the Motech method. Looks a little tacky, too! (for those guys who value appearance)
The Motech bar has two horizontal tubes supported in the middle with a vertical spreader and an additional mounting point. The H&B has one vertical and one horizontal. (material and cost savings for H&B out of your pocket)
The H&B bar seems to duplicate protection, since the horizontal bar directly overlaps the factory frame tubing (see pic above). It actually looks like the Motech bar minus the bottom horizontal bar(AND the vertical spreader and additional center mount)
I AM a little confused by the lack of a center spreader bar in front of the radiator on the Motech unit, but with the generous clearances to the radiator, it would seem it could be straightened fairly easily and likely wouldn't contact the radiator in a moderate dump(you would need to be "speared" by something into the radiator area to bend the open end). To address the situation, I've given consideration to fabbing a center section/ skid plate/rad screen to compliment the stock bars. Seems it would be fairly simple to engineer.
The Motech bar seems to offer better side protection to the engine overall. I'll take that. Side damage is, IMHO, more prevalent than sliding and hitting the exhaust or bottom of the engine. Upper fairing protection is about the same on both. Oh well....
All of these bars are what I would consider consumables and not designed to "save" the bike in a serious crash. At that point, I'm far more concerned about losing flesh. gear up, in any case.
(Added note: I checked out photos of undamaged bars (so you guys didn't get flamey) and the construction method I described is accurate. It is also the exact point where these bars failed in this accident. Pricing on both bars is about the same. 'Nuff said. V-Zee)
Last edited by VerstehenZee; 06-16-2010 at 03:35 PM.