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post #1 of 37 Old 10-21-2019, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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Couple photos of my Rebel

As I bought it and after I added the crash bar
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after I added the crash bar
My personal recommendation would be to remove that as soon as you are ready to start hitting the streets on a regular basis. They have a nasty tendency to fold up like a bear trap when the bike falls over, and pin your foot just like a bear trap is designed to do.




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My personal recommendation would be to remove that as soon as you are ready to start hitting the streets on a regular basis. They have a nasty tendency to fold up like a bear trap when the bike falls over, and pin your foot just like a bear trap is designed to do.
I can 'second' that one from real life experience. Had crash bars on, took a slow inside left turn fall and truly believe this bar in combination w/steel-toed boots managed to crush my heel good and break all 5 metatarsal necks in my left foot. Being 400 miles away from home wasn't good either. Ug, bad memories

I have engine guards, but I will never (ever!) put crash bars back on! I would have much rather had more damage to my bike than my foot! Hell, I would have much rather watched the bike slide over a cliff and explode vs. a lightly damaged bike and a busted foot.

They look cool and do protect the bike, but most of the time, the rider pays for it! Have yet to hear a good story about those 'working' for the rider when crashing. They also facilitate the bike sliding further after its on its side than it would without. smooth (weighted) metal is almost frictionless on concrete.

Maybe the guys that can 'lay-down' their bikes like them, but I am always leary of people that think they can control physics implied by this statement, especially at heavy metal at high speeds. I will never understand that. I can tell you when I fell (no 'lay down' crap here-I fell down, a fall is a fall, a crash is a crash.) that crash bar did more for the bike than me.

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I understand the concerns over crash bars. Mine is one solid pipe. I picked it because of the solid design and quality.
It was originally for a 1977 CB750.
Made in USA by KG Engineering.
Very heavy wall pipe. I bet it is as heavy as any other part of the frame.
Brackets are all 1/4 plate.
It's the real deal.. Made when crash bars were crash bars and not "engine guards"
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I understand the concerns over crash bars. Mine is one solid pipe. I picked it because of the solid design and quality.
It was originally for a 1977 CB750.
Made in USA by KG Engineering.
Very heavy wall pipe. I bet it is as heavy as any other part of the frame.
Brackets are all 1/4 plate.
It's the real deal.. Made when crash bars were crash bars and not "engine guards"
Just had to clarify that they have always been 2 different animals:
1) Crash bars = crash bars.
2) Engine guards = engine guards

Not meaning to be an ass, but I notice the terms used interchangeably all the time and more so, the engine guards installed incorrectly in an attempt to look like crash bars.

Either way and regardless of what they are made out of (one, solid, multiple) flip around 400+ pounds on them while wiping out and they will bend.

Not knocking at all b/c I do really like the look of them, just be careful. These hold bad memories for me personally. This is one where I never want to say 'I told you so 'cause that means you got hurt.


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............... This is one where I never want to say 'I told you so 'cause that means you got hurt.


I understand that and appreciate the words of wisdom and caution.
With my medical history, a bent crash bar and broken foot will probably be the least of my concerns. More than likely I would bleed to death anyway. Not being dramatic, just factual.



I am not going to be driving stupid just because I have a crash bar. Any crash device is only as strong as the weakest bolt.

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I’m going to echo the advice above about removing those “crash bars.” They will not protect you in any way in an accident, and they are likely to inflict harm.

Engine guards aren’t a bad idea if you are concerned about damaging the bike in low-speed drops. But engine guards don't stick out much beyond the engine itself, and won’t get bent back and trap your foot/feet.

Nothing about the appearance of those crash bars would lead me to think they would fare any better than any other crash bars. They stick out so far they will get bent back in an accident, and maybe even clamp an ankle!

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Not getting into the crash bar debate, but I will start my blinker rant.


Changing out the stock front blinkers will greatly reduce damage to a Rebel if it tips over. Look at almost every used rebel and the tank has the same two dents from the blinkers when the bike tips or is dropped. This is my biggest complaint of the Honda Rebel. I feel like they designed it this way to teach anyone who dropped their bike to never do it in the future.

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