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Correct Crash Bars ???

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  1. fupar
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    When I purchased my 1100, it already had crash bars on it.

    But, I think I need wider ones.

    Mine stick out far enough to protect the engine in case of a crash or turnover. But they don't stick out far enough to protect my legs. They don't even stick out far enough to protect my floorboards.

    Looking at them from the side of the bike, they seem kinda squirly. Shouldn't they be at the same angle as the bike frame? Instead, they run perpendicular to the ground. They almost look as if they are made for someone to install forward controls on the bike. That way, the crash bars wouldn't be in the way.

    Lastly, they sure do seem to be kinda thin. Probably about a 1" diameter.

    If this is what is supposed to be on the 1100, does anyone know of an aftermarket crash bar that would be wider and thicker, and be at the same angle of the bike frame?

    Those of you with an 1100 that have crash bars, please post a picture or two, showing the bars from either the left or right side.

  2. bkman
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    I know Cobra makes a "fatty" engine bar that is 1 1/2 in diameter, but I do not think they have it for the V-Star 1100. My bar (also a Cobra) is 1 1/4 in diameter. If your crash bar is, in fact, only 1", then there are some options.

    As for the angle of the bar, and the way it is shaped - that varies from one maker to the next. It may be that you just have an oddball bar on your bike - I honestly haven't noticed anything odd about mine. It seems to fit the way I would expect. It basically comes straight out from the top motor mount and then turn straight down toward the ground. In other words, it does NOT follow the angle of the front frame tubes - at least not until it's down near the level of the chromed engine case, then it turns and sweeps back to the lower attachment point. Also, my bar does not stick out past the floorboards - it ALMOST sticks out even with them. I installed OEM boards on my custom, and the floorboards on mine seem to stick out quite a lot compared to some other bikes. I am not sure if the classics are the same or not. Also, I have actually hit my bar on the ground while doing low-speed maneuvers. Not pleasant.

    Even if you do find a bar with a larger diameter, I'd bet it will say something in the instructions about how this bar is "not designed to protect the rider" or something like that. I've seen many photos of motorcycle accidents where the "crash bars" are folded back onto the frame - protecting the engine from major damage, but nothing more. I'd say that, even the fattest crash bar will do nothing to protect your feet and legs in a serious accident. Conversly, ANY crash bar will probably protect your feet and ankles if you simply drop the bike at low speed or while stopped.

    Does this help at all? I think I'm rambling too much.

  3. retzdaret
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    Even the big ones will be more straight up and down rather than follow the lines of the frame because they need to leave room for the floorboards. With that said, check out the ones from MC Enterprises. I got them because for the price, you could not beat the size, looks, and quality.

    As far as protecting the rider, some people expect that if they get clipped by a car, they will protect them. That is not the purpose. They are strictly to keep the bike from laying flat on the ground. They should keep the bike from crushing your legs. The MC Enterprises ones will do that fine. The OEM ones in my opinion will not.

  4. TheBear
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    fupar it sounds like you have the factory "small bars" on your bike they are the same as what I have on mine. I believe Yamaha also makes a "big bar" that is just that. You can look in my profile pictures to see the small bars on my bike they look exactly as you have described on yours. They are a two piece unit one per side with a 1" diameter. I currently have mine removed as I'm in the process of modifying them to fit my 3" forward controls. I will post some pic's of the mod when it's done.

    Like pg and retzdaret said I don't think the intent of the crash bar is for the drivers protection I think it if more so for the engine.

  5. bkman
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    Also, I misspoke a bit earlier. My Cobra bar DOES kinda' follow the angle of the front frame tubes, but not that closely. It's a more slight slant. I might add that, if you get clipped by a car, the least of your worries will be your legs, I'm afraid.

  6. Brev
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    I bought Baron's engine guards. Check my Album out and you will see how they look.

    Bruce

  7. fupar
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    Maybe it's having piece of mind that the WIDER bars are out there (even if they won't do a thing to protect my legs), and the fact that I think the wider bars look more cool than the closer ones.

    As far as the angle of the bars, it just seems that the bars should follow the bike frame angle, just like the way the windshield follows the same angle of the front forks. Just my 2¢.

    TheBear-
    I checked out your album.
    Pictures #3 & #8 are exactly what I'm talking about.
    That skinny tubing has got to go. (Not to mention that angle).
    Yamaha makes a great V Star. Then they go and put that skinny piece of piping on the bike. Totally out of proportion.

    Brev-
    I checked out your album.
    It looks like your bars almost touch the front of the bike frame.
    Mine have a little bracket that keeps the bars a few inches in front of the bike frame. Maybe it is just a matter of who makes the product.

  8. Jassjljnne
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    Check out my album I have the MC enterprise bars (MC100037) they seem hefty and come out to the edge of my floorboards.
    If you want close pics let me know

  9. TheBear
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    You are absolutely right fupar the small bars don't look like they would do much at all for protecting anything. I consider mine to be highway peg holders!!! The angle has never really bothered me and once I mod them for the forward controls the angle will be even more extreme. I just have never been impressed with how flimsy they appear, I can't imagine they would protect much past the bike falling over when parked. It has even crossed my mind to be careful not to push to hard on the pegs while cruising down the highway for fear they might bend!

  10. fupar
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    Check out my album I have the MC enterprise bars (MC100037) they seem hefty and come out to the edge of my floorboards.If you want close pics let me know
    Nice crash bars. Looks real solid.
    What are your pegs connected to?
    In the picture showing the left front, it doesn't appear that the peg is attached to the crash bars.

  11. Jassjljnne
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    The peg is connected to the floorboard. My legs aren't long enough to reach the crash bar. These are the pegs that connect to the edge of your floorboard but they look better done this way plus they are a better reach for me.

  12. fupar
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    I am only 5 foot 5.

    I may have to look at getting a pair of those kind of pegs.

    Thanks for the close up picture.

  13. Sduplyumbr
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    I have the Lindby Multibar on my bike and really like them. I have room for my lower delfecters and and had no problem putting on my floorboard extensions. There are a few pictures in my gallery of them.

  14. Jassjljnne
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    those pegs are Kuryakyn #KR-4549.
    You also have to buy the pegs that part number is just the mounts.
    They are supposed to be mounted on the front of the floorboards. I am 5'6" and when my feet are on the pegs my legs are not straight out. If you mounted them on the front they are adjustable so they would probably end up where mine are. So they should work for you.
    I find them very comfortable.

  15. Zeeman3067
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    Sduplyumbr, how far did you extend your floorboards? I'm looking at going with the multi-bar as well but with a Mustang seat pushing me up a couple inches I need to go at least four inches forward. Do you think 4 to 6 inch extensions would still clear the bar without pushing the bottom out so far it the bar angle would look wierd?

  16. fupar
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    I was telling y'all that my crash bars were small...

    Well, let me put it this way, unless I lean over to one side or the other, I can't see any part of my crash bars while I am riding.

  17. bkman
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    ...unless I lean over to one side or the other, I can't see any part of my crash bars while I am riding.
    Well, let me be perhaps the first to say that I hope you never see your crash bars while riding, then.

    I've never seen crash bars like the ones you have, but they are obviously there only to keep the engine case from contacting mother Earth. in a low-speed drop. I suppose that the folks responding here have covered crash bars in just about every flavor. I like the MC bars myself - I like almost everything that company makes. Unfortunately, I'm usually on a Cobra budget.

    Good luck in your search for the "correct" bars, and be thankful you're riding such a popular cruiser because, with some of them, your choice choice would be a lot easier - like you wouldn't have one.

  18. Sduplyumbr
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    Sduplyumbr, how far did you extend your floorboards? I'm looking at going with the multi-bar as well but with a Mustang seat pushing me up a couple inches I need to go at least four inches forward. Do you think 4 to 6 inch extensions would still clear the bar without pushing the bottom out so far it the bar angle would look wierd?
    I believe my extensions where 3". I would think 4" would be fine, but 6" would be to far, you might be hitting your front fender.

  19. Zeeman3067
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    Thanks for the reply Stubljmpr

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