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SW-MOTECH crash bar

After making all futile efforts to find Givi bars, I finally ordered SW-Motech bars for my 919.

Instructions sound simple....but before i ll start doing anything...any 1st hand advise???

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I have nothing for you but could you please post pics when finished please?

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i'll post pics for sure!

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I installed these soon after I picked up my 919 last August. Only thing I can think of, for obvious reasons don't take all of the engine bolts out at the same time. When reassembling one of the bolts did not quite line up after, so I had to jack under the engine maybe 1/8" higher to get it to go in. I was able to install them by my self, but a second set of hands would always help. I did notice a new vibration just under 3000 rpm after installing that is still there 8 months later. Not bad just barely noticeable if you stay at that rpm while not accelerating.

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Here are some pics; these are not as low profile than Givi but doesn't look bad either.
http://flic.kr/p/fsGSPy

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Looks good!

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I installed these soon after I picked up my 919 last August. Only thing I can think of, for obvious reasons don't take all of the engine bolts out at the same time. When reassembling one of the bolts did not quite line up after, so I had to jack under the engine maybe 1/8" higher to get it to go in. I was able to install them by my self, but a second set of hands would always help. I did notice a new vibration just under 3000 rpm after installing that is still there 8 months later. Not bad just barely noticeable if you stay at that rpm while not accelerating.
that was really good tip...one bolt at a time did the trick.

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Looks good. Compared to the Givi bars, these look like they'll do a better job preventing the bike from pivoting onto the tank in case of a tip over.

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the look good but hate to be a negative nancy... but.... those top supports that mount to the engine will likely cause more damage in a crash than no crash bars at all.

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the look good but hate to be a negative nancy... but.... those top supports that mount to the engine will likely cause more damage in a crash than no crash bars at all.
I was wondering about this too, but I think that's in the case of individual engine mounted sliders. These bars attach to both engine mounts and to the frame in the back. It will probably hold up much better compared to a single slider.

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the look good but hate to be a negative nancy... but.... those top supports that mount to the engine will likely cause more damage in a crash than no crash bars at all.
I do not disagree with you. However, I opted these as i personally don't like sliders and no other crash bar is out there except these one. Same time i shared sckill opinion on sharing bolts on frame might cause less or no damage. But at the end what u wish for is never to test them.

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RE:

I hit the dirt 3 yrs ago with mine. It dug up a man's front yard, but only damage to my bike was broke signal lights. Install them and forget them.

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I do not disagree with you. However, I opted these as i personally don't like sliders and no other crash bar is out there except these one. Same time i shared sckill opinion on sharing bolts on frame might cause less or no damage. But at the end what u wish for is never to test them.
Hopefully you will never need to put them to the test. The '03 has been dropped a few times from a standstill. It sports Renntec bars which have held up well, but are no longer made. A little sandpaper and some Rustoleum Gloss Black after masking has made them look new again.

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the look good but hate to be a negative nancy... but.... those top supports that mount to the engine will likely cause more damage in a crash than no crash bars at all.
With the givi they are mounted the same way. I tested my first set pretty hard (both sides) with one side being ground down half way through the pipe but they held up great. I've had no issues and I promptly bought another set for the replacement 919. I believe another member on here fixed up the rashed bars and is currently using them with zero issues.

With what I've experienced and saw, I've no doubt in my mind the mount point will present zero issues.

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anyone got pics of the givi bars for comparison?

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