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post #61 of 119 (permalink) Old 07-28-2016, 05:04 PM
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Has anyone bought/installed T-Rex crash bars on a Gen1/Gen2? Considering them for my 09.
I found a single thread on them thats about 5-6 months. Sounded like mods to breather drain catch can may be required. Contacted T-Rex about access for oil changes and reply was that lower guard (skid plate type of thing) would have to be loosened and rotated out of the way to access filter.
Not a big deal to me and implies it might add a little protection to the filter.
Looks like assembly provides more protection down low than other designs. Plus appears to be a US company...Dallas based
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Hey folks, I've been exchanging emails with Trex racing about engine guards for the 15 and up 650 and apparently they will be listed soon on the website...couple of weeks or less. Luggage guards are about 6 weeks out. They also have the same rolling out for the 1000 and those are a couple of weeks out. Hoping their 15+ 650 engine guard is at least as good as the Gen 2.

FYI Trex website has been hijacked to casino spam.......tried visiting it earlier today.

The T-rex site only redirects you if you get to it from Google search....just enter it manually and you're good to go.

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Found this on the T-rex racing facebook site and it was from Oct. 2015. I like the look of the engine guards and T-rex is Dallas TX based. I'll be after those luggage guards when they become available as well. Was hoping the 2015 guards would be like the G2 version and come with a skid plate solution but no biggie.....I'll buy the engine guard at first opportunity.

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do trex also make a crashbar, not just an engine guard? because that is still useless to me...
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They have been answering my emails within a day dddd, send some questions their way.
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do trex also make a crashbar, not just an engine guard? because that is still useless to me...
dddd - I would certainly call those - CRASH-BARS.


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I would have thought if they posted in 2015 they would have something on their site. I put in the make , model and year-nada--engine covers , nothing else.
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dddd - I would certainly call those - CRASH-BARS.

you can play on words, but they do little to protect the side of the bike. You gonna loose a flasher and fairings. $$$
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Lose a turn signal sure, looks wide enough to protect the fairing though. These offer protection at the RD moto level and are made in the USA. Dimotiv's solution doesn't protect the lowers and they apparently stick out the furthest for the Gen 3 650.

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Cool, trex responded to my email. here is one more picture.

Sadly, with all 3 bolting point and bottom-front bar in line, this crashbar has no support on the top part and will bend (not the tube but the mount point) and rotate into the radiator/fairings. No thanks.

Also. the central mount point is using the engine bolt (very hard to install without a lift of some kind.) There is 2 free holes waiting for being used and they didn't use them.

I don't dislike the engine protection, just extend the tubing to to attach under the nose frame, protect the flasher (just under it) (just an inch wider perhaps than current shape) and mount like the touratech on all mount points (no funny clamp on the upper rear... what's that). Then we'll be talking about a good crashbar.
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The top part of that crashbar is very unlikely to hit anything. The lower part will contact the ground, as will the handlebar end. And so will the turn signal. If the bags are attached they will contact, too, or in the case of those particular bars it looks as if they will protect the cases.

The upper part of the crash bar is unnecessary really, imho. What is needed is engine protection, and it does that.

Also, the bars I installed used the engine mounts. There was no problem whatsoever pulling the bolts out to mount the bars. No engine jack required.

I recommend replacing the factory front turn signals with micro sized signals so in the event of a tip over or slide the signal and fairing will not be damaged.
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The top part of that crashbar is very unlikely to hit anything. The lower part will contact the ground, as will the handlebar end. And so will the turn signal. If the bags are attached they will contact, too, or in the case of those particular bars it looks as if they will protect the cases.

The upper part of the crash bar is unnecessary really, imho. What is needed is engine protection, and it does that.

Also, the bars I installed used the engine mounts. There was no problem whatsoever pulling the bolts out to mount the bars. No engine jack required.

I recommend replacing the factory front turn signals with micro sized signals so in the event of a tip over or slide the signal and fairing will not be damaged.

I think you are presuming flat terrain... imagine an ordinary crash where the road side is raised, not a ditch. Even the wind shield gets it.

As for turn signal, please show or link to what you are referring to, I'm definitly interested.
But not if it is those weak flushmount 15 lowpower led china crap overcrowding 90% of ebay.

I also consider moving the turn signals ahead on a aux light bar of some improvised sort, to clear the exposed area. That would solve a pile of problems, but might attrack a ticket, dunno.
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I think you are presuming flat terrain... imagine an ordinary crash where the road side is raised, not a ditch. Even the wind shield gets it.

As for turn signal, please show or link to what you are referring to, I'm definitly interested.
But not if it is those weak flushmount 15 lowpower led china crap overcrowding 90% of ebay.

I also consider moving the turn signals ahead on a aux light bar of some improvised sort, to clear the exposed area. That would solve a pile of problems, but might attrack a ticket, dunno.

Most of us will drop the bike at low speed on level ground, or will have a spectacular slide. In the first case the bike will hit as I described. In a higher speed slide anything goes. I take my bike off the pavement and have dropped it twice without damage thanks to the crash bars. Of course there could be some kind of uneven terrain which penetrates the plane created by the bar end and foot peg, damaging whatever unexpected parts.

Most "crash bars" for the '15/'16 are really frame sliders which won't protect the engine at all. In my opinion. protecting the engine is more important than fairings or turn signals, which is why I went with crash bars which wrap the lower part of the engine. The T-Rex bars in the photo appear to do a better job than the ones I installed. Too bad they weren't available a few months ago or I would have spent my money on a USA product.

I replaced my turn signals with R&G Racing Micro LED signals. They are high quality units and are not cheap. I detailed the installation in this thread: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...n-signals.html
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I replaced my turn signals with R&G Racing Micro LED signals. They are high quality units and are not cheap. I detailed the installation in this thread: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...n-signals.html
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Yeah, not cheap.
I think the best I cant do for saving my turn signals right now is to remove these locks and pull out the metal plate from inside the turn signal and tie it somehow (simple electrical tape should do fine), so the turn signal will pop out and will not crack the fairing. It's holding very well without this over designed clamp.

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SW-Motech Gen 3 crash-bars

I got a set of these for my '15 V650, then installed them in 15 to 20 minutes, start-to-finish.

















I'm planning to lie it down on the side, take some pics for here, then pick it up - WHEN I get a few friends over....


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Nice looking installation. I still need a set for my '15 650 LT.

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The SW-Motech crash bars look great. Pleased to hear that the installation went quickly as well. I'll need to be getting a set of these. Thanks fasteddiecopeman for posting the photos.

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I'm planning to lie it down on the side, take some pics for here, then pick it up - WHEN I get a few friends over....
A simple test could be to get a sheet of plywood and place it flat on the ground while making sure that it touches both wheels.
Have someone hold the bike upright and gradually lever the sheet up.
The items that touch the plywood sheet first (i.e.: signals, etc. ) would be the ones that are damaged when dropping the bike.
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Maybe you could also get a length of string, put both ends under the wheels and pull away in the middle, thus forming a triangle. This triangle represents the same thing as that sheet of plywood. It might require a bit of imagination, since the wires only set the plane, they don't physically touch the bits of your bike that might get damaged, but it's something.

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My T-rex gen 3 versys 650 engine guard has been shipped, apparently I'm the first customer to order so I'll hope to have it mounted this weekend and will include pics.
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