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    Member Danimal's Avatar
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    What's the best engine crash guard out there?

    This will be mt next add on purchase. I want reliability, sturdiness, ease if install, and not look like my ex wife.

    Any suggestions folks. Please post pictures.

    Thanks in advance,

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    Don't have any, myself. I'm hoping someone will reply who has the polymer side-case covers available on a few websites.

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    I'm using Hepco and Becker. They look good and work really well
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    it would be difficult to answer this question, it seems, without having all of them and crash testing each one.
    I have none, for example, but will probably go with the Givi Bars just because they're inexpensive and ... I don't know any better.

    It's safe to say having crash bars is better than having nothing.
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    Super Moderator What's the best engine crash guard out there? 670cc's Avatar
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    I don't know your ex wife so it's difficult to answer.

    I have Kappa bars which are the same as Givi but without the little plastic logo thing. They are a few bucks cheaper.

    All the bars probably work and install fine. It depends what you prefer in looks, price, etc. Being able to say which is best would require buying, installing, and crash testing each model. I doubt anyone has done that.
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    I have the SW-Motech bars and have tested them several times. For some reason it is always on the right side. The powder coat finish is holding up well but they have bent to the point of probably needing to replace them soon. Figure I’ll go with SW-Motech again since they have prevented any major damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamamate View Post
    I have the SW-Motech bars and have tested them several times. For some reason it is always on the right side. The powder coat finish is holding up well but they have bent to the point of probably needing to replace them soon. Figure Iíll go with SW-Motech again since they have prevented any major damage.
    sw motech for me. they look great install easy and luckily i dont know if they work!

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    NorthwestRider has the TCI bars/skid plate combo on his bike and from the pictures of the WABDR ride he tested them out a couple of times.
    There were a couple of other NC700 on that ride but i don't know what they had.
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    Not being glib about it... but "the best" bars are the ones that work when the bike takes a tumble. Other than that, it really comes down to what you can afford and what you think looks best on your bike. They all install in a somewhat similar manner, so that usually isn't a factor. Just my opinion.

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    I can only speak for what I have, but the Givis were relatively easy to install and protected the bike on both sides (once in road salt and once in soft dirt). They also make a decent place to kick my feet up when I stop for lunch.

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