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SW-MOTECH Crash Bars Engine Guards for Kawasaki KLR650 '87-'07

SW-MOTECH Crash Bars Engine Guards for Kawasaki KLR650 '87-'07

$215.49
SKU: SBL.08.274.100

In stock


 

Constructed of heavy-duty mild steel, SW-MOTECH crash bars are designed to provide maximum protection, optical integration, and high-quality fit and finish.

Understanding Crash Bars

 


All components are protected against corrosion by sandblasting and powdercoating. High-strength frame mounting points. Black.

Constructed of 26.9mm outer-diameter mild steel tubing.

Fits with:
- original Kawasaki plastic skidplate,
- Twisted Throttle's aluminum skidplate (sold separately)

Requires modification (notches cut in plate) to work with:
- Ricochet (a.k.a. Utah Sport Cycle / Happy Trail / MSR / Moose) skidplate (made in the USA)
- Cyclops (a.k.a. Studebaker / KLR650.com) skidplate (this is an overseas copy of the Ricochet skidplate) 


Does not fit with oversize IMS plastic fuel tank installed (trust us - our in-house KLR owner and metal fabricator guy tried)

The infamous KLR650 "Doohickey" (the left-side balancer chain tension adjuster) is accessible with the crashbar installed.

Includes two metric M8x70 replacement bolts to upgrade your original subframe bolt strength (located between the rear end of the tank and the front end of the seat) from grade 8.8 to grade 10.9 - stronger is better!

If the crashbar will be used with an SW-MOTECH centerstand, please request the free additional hardware kit "for use with centerstand", which includes four additional M8x40 hexagon socket head screws (4x part SC.00.08.040.01.912).

Bill McConnell wrote to us on January 31, 2007 and said:
I have very good and very bad news for you. The bad news is that 4 weeks ago I nearly lost my life wrecking my KLR650 (equipped with the SW-MOTECH crashbars you sold me). My leg was shattered and it will be some months before I can walk again. But that's the risk we take to play.

Now for the good news. Those crash bars you sold me worked perfectly. The right side of the bike took a major blunt hit (maybe a guard rail... not sure). The right side compressed about an inch and allowed a small dent in the tank and in the exhaust. It sprung back a half inch and all is well. The bike appears to then have fallen on it's left side and skidded down the road a ways. The left side crash bar prevented any injury to the engine, tank or any part of the bike save but the end of the handlebar and clutch lever. The bar is all scratched but gave 100% protection to all but the end of the handlebar. I am doubly impressed that the right side took the hit and bounced back. My little $170 investment in crash bars saved me over a thousand dollars in damage. The damage was so slight my son rode the bike home. I faired much worse, but those SW-MOTECH bars are wonderful for the KLR650. Thought you might want to know about those wonderful crash bars you sell.


Carg of ADVrider.com wrote to us on June 4, 2007 and said:
Well, I dropped my KLR650 with SW-MOTECH crashbars about 5 times today. It was a really cool ride, just a bit above my skill level. The crashbars did great. I mucked it 3 times in a marshy area and proceeded to lay it down a couple of times on a really steep section with a bunch of rocks. Good paint job on them too - they don't look really that scuffed up.

Sparke of ADVrider.com wrote on June 24, 2007 and said:
Twisted Throttle told me that this crashbar was not going to fit my KLR650 Tengai model, but I bought them anyway. I planned to cut and re-weld them, but I had a pleasant surprise for a change. The SW-Motech crashbars fit fine with about a half inch of clearance on both sides at the bottom louver on the fairing side panels. It's necessary to lift the back of the gas tank an inch or so for acces to the top subframe bolt to be exposed with the fairing side panels unpopped and unbolted at the bottom front, but not completely removed. It took a little manipulating to pop it all back together again, but I did it without damaging the footpegs. NO, the plastic sump guard will not fit without a lot of trimming, but I am making an aluminum one that will give some real protection. I have already made a cardboard model and hope to have it finished for my ride next weekend in West Virginia.

This item is too large to ship to Australia by USPS (international post). It can only be shipped to Australia by FedEx.

 

KLR 650 Crash Protection Fitment Compatibility

KLR 650 '08-'18 Crash Bars Skid Plate Center Stand
SBL.08.297.10002 RG.AB0014 GiviTN421 MSS.08.469.10001 HPS.08.473.10000
Crash Bars SBL.08.297.10002       Yes Yes
RG.AB0014.BK       Yes Yes
GIVI TN421       No Yes
Skid
Plate
MSS.08.469.10001 Yes Yes No   Yes
Center Stand HPS.08.473.10000 Yes Yes Yes Yes  

  

KLR 650 '86-'07 Crash Bars Skid Plate Center Stand
SBL.08.274.100 SBL.08.297.10002 MSS.08.347.10000.B HPS.08.321.100
Crash Bars SBL.08.274.100     Yes Yes(W/ HW)*
SBL.08.297.10002     No Yes
Skid Plate MSS.08.347.10000.B Yes No   Yes
Center Stand HPS.08.321.100 Yes(W/ HW)* Yes Yes  


**(W/ HW)** With HardWare kit (Free)

Manufacturer # SBL.08.274.100
Customer Reviews
Review by Guest
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I wish the made a flat finish but other then that they fit great and will stand up to severe impact and not bend. Issues, the subframe mounting bolts should be better quality as mine snapped off going in. After failed attempts to remove the snapped off bolt which damaged the frame I’ve now had to do the drill through subframe bolt upgrade just to get it back together. Not an easy task. Great bars though! (Posted on 3/28/2018)
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Fit and finish on the bars was perfect on my 2006 KLR and Twisted had them at my door the day after I ordered....AMAZING!! (Posted on 1/22/2018)
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2005 klr,like new,barn find 900 miles.Building her up for off road (Posted on 9/10/2017)
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I bought these for my KLR650 and they installed without hitch, although it is very helpful to have an assistant for install. They are very stiff and heavy duty bars, just what is needed for a somewhat top heavy bike. (Posted on 8/11/2017)
Review by Guest
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I purchased these bars about 4 years ago.

Negatives first:
The freeway pegs pinch the bars because they need to be over tightened or they slip around on the bar when you are resting your feet on them.
The lower mounting point is shared between the center stand. This is an issue when working on the bike. The center stand is an important consideration for anyone who likes to tinker with their engine. The crash bars get in the way of the engine cases and require removal to access the engine. In effect, the center stand is worthless if you have to take the crash bars off to work on the engine because you also have to remove the center stand in order to remove the bars. I wish there was a better option for the lower mounting point.
Engine guards are in the way if you work on your engine. Lets say you wish to change your doohickey, well, you have to remove the bars to access the cases in order to remove the case.
The 10 gal tank does not fit due to how tight the bars are to the tank. wish there was more space available for the 10gal tank.

For these reasons I will be removing the guards and replacing them with other guards that are easer to work around and allow for the 10gal tank.

On a positive note, if you do not work on your engine, you do not desire a 10gal tank, you do not need freeway pegs, and you desire to protect your bike like a tank protects its passengers, these are the bars for you.
The styling is great and they are heavy duty. They hold up under pressure. I have dropped my bike in the rain, on asphalt, and besides a slight scuff, the bars didn't budge. I have also drop my bike very often when off road because I ride aggressively and traverse difficult trails. (Posted on 1/10/2017)
Review by Guest
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I've yet to crash with these bars on, seeing as I finished the install yesterday but, They look beautiful and the MFW pegs and peg clamp mounts perform very well and look great in either the up or down position. I do have to warn though, if you have the drill through subframe bolt kit installed on your KLR as I do, you will have to purchase separately a GR 8 or higher, 3/8" x 7" bolt to replace the upgrade because it will no longer be long enough. The pass through bolt I removed was a 10mm at 5.5 inches long. The spacers supplied by SW Motech will have to be drilled out to 3/8", which I had no problem doing with a vice and an electric drill. Just be patient if you are not very well experienced with this. Thanks Twisted Throttle for the wonderful products. (Posted on 8/13/2016)
Review by Guest
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I ordered a set and when I tried to put them on, the fit was horrible. The holes didn't come close to lining up. The bars are so solid that they couldn't be flexed to fit. I took them to my local shop and asked if there was anything they could do. When they saw the bars were SW-Motech, they said they were too solid to bend. They were surprised and suggested I exchange them instead of getting a refund as I had planned. I got the replacements and they fit great. It only took me a couple hours to install them (I was very cautious to get old loctite removed and not strip threads). Hint: The kit comes with m8x70 bolts to secure the top point. Even with the spacer provided, the bolts bottom out. I bought two m8x60's and they fit perfect. Other than the time spent tearing my bike down to (try) to install the first set and the fact that I had to pay return shipping costs ($50 due to the size), I'm very happy. If my first set had fit, I would give them a "5" for ease of installation and value of product. (Posted on 8/9/2016)
Review by Rod
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The bars are great, but when you remove the factory bolts especially those 2 that are under the seat make sure you clean out the threads before installing the new bolts. The original bolts had lots of lock tight. Had to use a few more stainless washers to keep the upper bolts from bottoming out in the hole. Otherwise they look great and not only going to protect vitals in the event of a spill they give you a grab point to help you right the bike. (Posted on 9/4/2015)
Review by Keith
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Excellent product for protecting the bike as well as solid mounts for lifting or pulling out of a fallen or stuck position. I installed on a "lowered" suspension and even though it was tight in some places it attached perfectly. And the bolt sizes were spot on.

Also added a "tough" look to my dual sport! (Posted on 5/29/2015)
Review by Pasoup
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I looked at all of the options available for my 2003 KLR650 and decided the SW Motech crash bars were the best product for the money. My bike already had the SW-Motech centerstand so I ordered the longer screws required to mount the crash bars. Twisted Throttle packaged the bars incredibly well and they look mint on my motorcycle. (Posted on 3/31/2015)
Review by marvinsc
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Bought these for my new to me 2002 KLR650. The fit and finish is excellent and there provide a lot of protection in the event of a tip over or go down. (Posted on 3/27/2015)
Review by marvinsc
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Bought these for my new to me 2002 KLR650. The fit and finish is excellent and there provide a lot of protection in the event of a tip over or go down. (Posted on 12/9/2014)
Review by Swamprat
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I have an after market radiator guard that needed modifying then everything fit together nicely (Posted on 12/6/2014)
Review by Dave
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I bought these for my KLR650 and they installed without hitch, although it is very helpful to have an assistant for install. They are very stiff and heavy duty bars, just what is needed for a somewhat top heavy bike. (Posted on 10/15/2014)
Review by Shredder
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Bought these crash bars and installed them no problem in a couple of hours. The bars take about 45 mins to install the rest of the time is taking off side panels, seat, gas tank etc... They look great and fit perfectly. (Posted on 7/30/2014)
Review by Anonymous
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I have Mototech crash bars on all five of my KLR650's for my rental company and they have saved thousands of dollars in damage. Strongest and best looking bars available. Cant praise them enough. (Posted on 7/7/2014)
Review by Robert
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I've yet to crash with these bars on, seeing as I finished the install yesterday but, They look beautiful and the MFW pegs and peg clamp mounts perform very well and look great in either the up or down position. I do have to warn though, if you have the drill through subframe bolt kit installed on your KLR as I do, you will have to purchase separately a GR 8 or higher, 3/8" x 7" bolt to replace the upgrade because it will no longer be long enough. The pass through bolt I removed was a 10mm at 5.5 inches long. The spacers supplied by SW Motech will have to be drilled out to 3/8", which I had no problem doing with a vice and an electric drill. Just be patient if you are not very well experienced with this. Thanks Twisted Throttle for the wonderful products. (Posted on 8/31/2013)
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