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SW-MOTECH Crashbars/Engine Guards for Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 '12-'14

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$249.99
SKU: SBL.11.485.10000.B

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Review by spirit
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i bought these after putting my bike down with my girlfriend on the back. The dirt road turned into a sand pit, so we had a little cushion. I still wanted a little more help keeping the bike off of us. Structurally, these seem like they will do the job.
I do with that the powder coat was more mat, to match my lower triumph bars and engine. Oh well.
Installation can be a little interesting, Once i figured out how to hold the nut, it was a breeze. I used a 1/2 speed handle and deep socket although a U-joint and long extension would probably be almost as easy (with deep socket). Sorry, i forgot the socket size. Basicly, you have to hold a locking nut that is recessed, and has a good bit of thread sticking out, so you need the deep socket. It's real tight getting in there and it is not a straight shot, it lines up perfectly with the motor mount on the opposite side, hence the u-joint, the bend in a speed handle also offset quite nicely. Once those two nuts were figured out, everything else was a snap. (Posted on 9/22/14)
Review by jpw3
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Easy install and great fit and great looking. I did a 300 mile run the next day and had to make a little modification. My riding style is up close to the tank and found that my right knee was ever so slightly rubbing against the engine connection mount, so I took some 1" pipe insulation and wrapped it with 3m electric tape then used two zip straps to hold in place. The nice day I did another long run and it was like a pillow.  (Posted on 9/6/14)
Review by Eric
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After a true adventure ride I came home with broken trim pieces and the bike's cockpit held on with zipties, pipe clamps and paracord... It was a great time!!! After dropping the bike one too many times on gnarly terrain, the front cockpit to frame mount cracked, likely due to impact on the fog light bracket, etc...

It looks like this crash bar will keep this from happening during future adventures. Also traveling on terrain meant for adventure bikes rather than trial bikes would help too.

Install was relatively easy and is very quick if you have an extra hand. You'll aslo need every socket wrench extension that you have in your toolbox topped off with a 17mm socket.
Before you begin make sure to loosen the bolts holding the factory crash bars in place.. install the upper crash bars and keep the bolts loose until everything is aligned and the front cross bar is connected loosely.Unless you want to lay on the bike superman style and wrench with both hands, get your friend to work the socket wrench with the 37 extensions to tighten the back side of the upper mounting bolts. (Posted on 8/28/14)
Review by Dirty
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This was the first thing I added to my Explorer. Installation wasn't hard but wasn't exactly easy. Installation requires a T55 Torx bit, a 17mm wrench, a 17mm deep socket, a 10mm hex driver, a universal joint for your ratchet, some LONG socket extensions, and a torque wrench.
I ordered on a Thursday and they got to my house on Tuesday. That Saturday I tried some fire roads in a nearby state park, subsequently testing both sides of the bars. The only damage I found anywhere on the bike was a small scuff on one mirror. Well worth the price.
Highly recommended. (Posted on 8/26/14)
Review by Anonymous
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These bars just look like they belong on the TEX! And they provide a handy location for mounting Foot-pegs to stretch out should you be on a long straight boring stretch of road.
If there is anything that they could do to make it look more like OEM it would be to have a dull black finish Vs the shiny black. But I'm not complaining! (Posted on 7/8/14)
Review by fishy
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The Explorer is a top heavy girl. Give her an inch of lean and she goes down on you :)..... Already put them to the test and they saved any damage and even the cheesy OEM panniers survived. Worth the investment and give you a GSA wannabe look.
Install needs an extra long socket extension with a 6pt 1/2 socket. Don't know for the street if you have to still use engine case guards but they work perfect with factory engine guards. Buy them (Posted on 7/7/14)
Review by Anonymous
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I've been off the bike for 3 months due to a shoulder surgery so it's been farkle time! The SW-Motech guards fit like a glove on my 2012 Tiger Explorer. The quality, fit, & finish are near perfect and they are a great addition to my OEM lower case guards. Some guys say they are a pain to install, but with the proper tools it only took me an hour and that's working with a bum shoulder. The gloss black didn't go well with the flat stovepipe black on my OE guards, so I did remove the lower bars & repainted them with gloss black then sprayed on a couple coats of matt clear on both sets of guards. They also look pretty sharp with the Barkbuster Storms I got from Twisted Throttle a couple of months ago. (Posted on 7/7/14)
Review by John
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While on a 2 hour trail ride in NM. A rain storm hit and the trail turned very muddy. This caused me to crash, the bike landed on the right side with not one scratch on the paint. I then proceed to drop the bike 10 more times on both side trying to ride out of the area. The mud became too much for the bike and I had to abandon it in the forest overnight. The next day I went back got the bike and drove it to a car wash. After being dropped 11 times I didn't have one scratch on the paint work or the crash bars for that matter. Money well spent, I am sorry to say that somewhere in the mud is one of my bolt on foot peg for the bars. (Posted on 8/1/13)
Review by Lloyd
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I just installed these on my '12 TEX. They inspire confidence in the protection they will offer if the bike goes down. These things are made in Germany, incredible precision - when they come together in the middle it fits like a glove.

My bike came with the skid pan and the lower protection bars from the factory.

Highly Recommend !!! (Posted on 3/18/13)
Review by Stephen
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Great crash bars!!!! Hope I never use them! :) I wanted upper and lower crash bars on my explorer! I felt the engine cases were a vulnerability. For this I installed the OEM crash guards.
These do well however the do not protect the upper portion of the bike....ummm, like radiator, tank and tank flare thingies.
Solution....ahhh, use both crash guards. They created their own symbiotic relationship!!!!
Twisted ROKZ....thanks guys!!!! (Posted on 12/11/12)

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