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    If you spot some original style crash bars ...

    ... can you let me know, I'm on the look out. I don't want the ones that come up proud of the bodywork at the front (Hepco & Becker?), the ones I'm after are original April stylee.
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    Have you tried contacting wiko stepowy the bloke that does the copy sump gaurd I seem to remember he did them

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    Thanks both. I have these:
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    but want these:
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    Just the job! Will order when back home in 2 days.
    Thanks

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    I have OEM crash bars, but they have one massive weakness - crossbar next to the cooler. It's made with plasticine. After my last minicrash crossbar didn't hold up, stopped at the cooler and damaged the fairing. It needs to be strengthened somehow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skvrnsk View Post
    I have OEM crash bars, but they have one massive weakness - crossbar next to the cooler. It's made with plasticine. After my last minicrash crossbar didn't hold up, stopped at the cooler and damaged the fairing. It needs to be strengthened somehow.
    I don't remember any non-steel product in the OEM bars?? The lower mounting tabs do bend on a drop - as my first set experienced (thanks to the dealer) and heat and vice to straighten is required (I still have the old set).

    One thing for sure is the radiator mounting tabs where they meet the crossbar are poorly done. Even new in box the welds are poor. One of mine simply broke off from normal riding and vibration.

    I cleaned mine up for welding - went to local muffler shop at lunch and had a guy weld it back on. I think I paid 10 bucks. You don't want that piece too stiff or it will transfer a drop to the frame. The bars need to take an absorbent load IMHO.

    Luckily I have not had to test them out.
    06' Caponord

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    I have a set sitting in the garage, bit scratched up, but easily repaired. Only issue, will be postage.

    In fact I have a pile of Capo stuff if anyone is interested.


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    Quote Originally Posted by goldencapo View Post
    Just the job! Will order when back home in 2 days.
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    After you get them, please post pictures and your opinion of them. The price is definitely attractive,

    Stu

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt fe2o3 View Post
    One thing for sure is the radiator mounting tabs where they meet the crossbar are poorly done. Even new in box the welds are poor. One of mine simply broke off from normal riding and vibration.
    Same thing here. I already welded it once, but I can bend the handles with bare hands. Same thing with the bend at the both ends. It just need to be strengthened.
    I was thinking about something like this.
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    PS. why not Hepco&Becker. What's wrong with them. I would like to see that full cage on my Capo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skvrnsk View Post
    Same thing here. I already welded it once, but I can bend the handles with bare hands. Same thing with the bend at the both ends. It just need to be strengthened.
    I was thinking about something like this.
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    PS. why not Hepco&Becker. What's wrong with them. I would like to see that full cage on my Capo.
    Yea - the issue is making those points stiff "may" transfer the force of any drop to the lower part of the frame neck and that's a place I don't want to go. I would rather break and re-weld a tab than deal with a bigger issue.
    06' Caponord

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    I can't imagine how this could damage the frame. Crossbar is attached to the frame with just two small screws which possibly can't stand heavy strike and frame itself is super thick in that place. And it's not like the modified crossbar will be unbreakable, it's going to break under heavy impact anyway and such modifications wont stop it. Now it's bending like a straw just by dropping the bike with almost zero speed.
    Well, there's only one way to find out what's gonna happen
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    Quote Originally Posted by skvrnsk View Post
    Well, there's only one way to find out what's gonna happen
    That's the spirit.
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    Why not the H&Bs? I just want to slim things down a little and reduce any of the turbulence that comes off the upper horizontal tube. It sits higher than the slope-up side panels and, coupled with the after-market lights that were on it, disrupts the airflow.

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