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Old 01-19-2018, 03:00 PM   #1
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Just looking for some input on engine crash guards. Wondering just how strong they are in the event of a spill. The attachment point to the sub-frame brackets seems like it would easily bend those welded on tabs since they look fairly flimsy. I ride mainly on the road and sometimes dirt roads with my 05. I never really thought about crash protection until it was brought to my attention that Red body work for Gen 1's is getting hard to find. Motech bars seem to use stronger attachment points but I have a manual petcock and it is my understanding that they interfere with that.
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Old 01-19-2018, 03:13 PM   #2
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You will find spotty complaints about ALL of the major brands and every spill is different so it is hard to tell weak points vs a crash that would bend an anvil.

I have used DirtRacks (site sponsor) for most all of my KLR's and dumped (lightly) several of them with no issues. IMO you can't beat them for the price.
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Old 01-19-2018, 03:22 PM   #3
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You will find spotty complaints about ALL of the major brands and every spill is different so it is hard to tell weak points vs a crash that would bend an anvil.

I have used DirtRacks (site sponsor) for most all of my KLR's and dumped (lightly) several of them with no issues. IMO you can't beat them for the price.
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Crash bars are mislabeled in my opinion.

The more severe the crash, the less they protect. You cannot expect them to keep damage off your bike at higher speed on any road.

They protect well in low speed, tip-over situations, but go tumbling down a dirt road at 45mph?

Or hit the concrete freeway at 65mph?

Sure, they'll protect, but it's still going to likely be a bad deal.

That being said, I echo Fred as a good choice. I bought pannier racks from him. Put thousands of miles on them, loaded stupid and ridiculous, and they never budged. Dropped the bike a couple of times, no complaints.
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Gen1 here. I put the guards on and have dropped it a few times. Great guards. No new body damage, not even a scratch.

Protecting the radiator is all I was after and these provide way more protection than that.
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Like the Gen1 engine guards so much that bought the Gen2 engine guards for the new bike too.
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you could also consider an aftermarket tank like i.m.s. i see them available used from time to time.

those pretty red plastics are less likely to get scratched in the garage...
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Speaking of engine guards, these military ones are on eBay https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F122958026980
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