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post #1 of 119 (permalink) Old 07-28-2015, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for opinions on the best crash bars for protecting the leg in the event of a tip over or a slid. Looking for something that would give my leg some room between the bike and the street.

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I can say the SW motech cages did a good job of protecting my leg when I side swiped a toyota carolla. the happy tails pannier racks may have also helped.
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My SW-Motech bars AND aluminum panniers saved my leg when I 'crashed' on the Dempster Hwy 100 kms S of Inuvik on 21 June....



That's the pannier on the left - it was torn off in the low-side (low-SLIDE???).

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My SW-Motech bars AND aluminum panniers saved my leg when I 'crashed' on the Dempster Hwy 100 kms S of Inuvik on 21 June....



That's the pannier on the left - it was torn off in the low-side (low-SLIDE???).
That's an excellent testimonial in my opinion.
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Thank you both for the suggestions. I'll be doing some shopping.
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I bought a set of rebranded Dimotiv guards. They look like the HB guards but they have a bump out, that might protect your leg in a fall. I like it because I can rest my legs on top of them if I want to. They were $130 or so shipped off eBay, listed as R9.

Probably not the most "top notch" of what's out there, but They make a good leg rest and should work well if/when I drop this thing at a stand still. I'm really tip toed so I figure it's likely at some point.

They came straight from Malaysia and looked like they had been packed by a 6 year old. Each one in an open plastic bag tossed in a box with no padding of any sort. So some scratches on arrival likely.

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That's an excellent testimonial in my opinion.
I think he took the "proof of concept" test a little too far. Glad he's around to share the experience. More glad that there was no recovery stories.
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H&B - took direct impact.
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post #9 of 119 (permalink) Old 07-29-2015, 02:47 AM
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I'm happy with the SW-Motech bars and BarkBusters Storm handguards although I haven't tested them like fasteddie and Twisted Throttle



I have dropped my Versys with both fitted 3 times at a standstill and the only damage was a slight scuff on the plastic handguards and a rash on the crash bars easily fixed.
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I can understand how most of these crash bars can really protect the bike but can't really see how they would protect your leg. To me, the only crash bars I have seen that might really help protect the leg would be the Dimotiv bars because they have the piece that sticks out about 4 inches which might give the leg more room under the bike instead of being crushed under it. Just my humble opinion.


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I can understand how most of these crash bars can really protect the bike but can't really see how they would protect your leg. To me, the only crash bars I have seen that might really help protect the leg would be the Dimotiv bars because they have the piece that sticks out about 4 inches which might give the leg more room under the bike instead of being crushed under it. Just my humble opinion.


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I have the puig Engine guards. I took a fall at 20 mph on a gravel road and the only damage was one the left side cage and the left side bar end. Not much else. And riding pants will protect your leg, and reflex. Let the bike go if it's gonna go.
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Hi, i want to know a good crash bars for the new Versys 2015, that protects the front turn signals? all the crash bars that Iíve found doesnít protect them, and i know that in a fall the plastic part that holds the turn signals is going to break easily (it already happened to me)

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That is the only one I've seen better designed than the HB because of the leg protection. When mine fell on my leg, I was glad someone was around to help me. Too bad I did not see it first
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My SW-Motech bars AND aluminum panniers saved my leg when I 'crashed' on the Dempster Hwy 100 kms S of Inuvik on 21 June....



That's the pannier on the left - it was torn off in the low-side (low-SLIDE???).
What windshield is that?

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That is the only one I've seen better designed than the HB because of the leg protection. When mine fell on my leg, I was glad someone was around to help me. Too bad I did not see it first

It also makes a good leg rest on long trips. Very comfortable.


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What windshield is that?
That is from a Yamaha Majesty scooter (originally done by inmate - blipco), so I followed his lead, bought TWO, then modded as per the pics. The first shows the 'shield as modded, c/w all the pieces that I cut off, then one on EACH of my Vs (the green '09 has since 'died'......), and MIGHT end up on the NEW 2015....






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That is from a Yamaha Majesty scooter (originally done by inmate - blipco), so I followed his lead, bought TWO, then modded as per the pics. The first shows the 'shield as modded, c/w all the pieces that I cut off, then one on EACH of my Vs (the green '09 has since 'died'......), and MIGHT end up on the NEW 2015....





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What brand is this one?
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What brand is this one?

Dimotiv - love these. They help protect the bike and the leg plus a convenient prop to rest and/or stretch out the leg. Less expensive than many of the more popular brands also. ImageUploadedByMO Free1445948378.733233.jpg


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