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Which crash bars?

I’ve never fitted them to a bike in over 30 years of road riding. Probably because I’ve never put a bike down.

But yesterday the unthinkable happened....I NEARLY laid it down. Pulled up to a stop to park the bike on an offcamber, left foot down onto some gravel I didn’t see, and it was a close fought thing for a few seconds there... I’m a big bloke and strong as an ox, but **** that was as close as I can ever recall being to putting a bike down. My bum will give my undies back soon I hope.

Anyway it got me thinking that as I get older I’m not as physically strong as I was in my 20s and 30s, so maybe....maybe time to fit some bars.

I guess the thing is, I understand the Feejer isn’t perfect, but at the moment I am more attached to this bike than I have been to any previous bike I’ve owned. I’d never forgive myself if I damaged it.

So talk to me people - if I do this, I want protection for the bags and fairings in low or nil speed lay down scenarios.

What is the best on the market in your opinion? I’d prefer discreet fitment if possible, although I understand that any bag protection will sit out in front of the bags.

Thank you in advance for your advice.

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IIRC, the are really designed to protect your bike in parking lot, stop light, low low speed tip overs.



For Gen I FJRs, I purchased these off of eBay. I've still have to install the frame/engine guards but the saddlebag guards are nice.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Yamaha-FJR1...taT3Tn&vxp=mtr

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Yamaha-FJR1...xZko9p&vxp=mtr

He also makes them for Gen IIs.

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I came to the realization that at 64 I wasnt as strong as I used to be either, so while waiting for the snow to melt I started going to the gym for some overall strengthening & conditioning.
Then I fitted some Canyon Cages front & back with Garauld sliders..

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Got Canyon Cages on mine.. and though I hate to admit, they had already paid for themselves...
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None could be described as very discreet... get over it, LOL. T-Rex on the rear if you need pillion foot room, the R-Gaza's look like they might too. Up front, take your pick, and if the tipover is not controlled, there is high risk of hitting the mirrors and breaking the mirror stay on a Gen3, as they won't likely prevent rolling over further than you'd like.... qualify that, Canyon Cages with sliders might have an advantage there someone with "oops experience" can perhaps chime in.

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I have t-Rex bag guards. R&g sliders up front. Bike got knocked down. Zero damage.

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IIRC, the are really designed to protect your bike in parking lot, stop light, low low speed tip overs.



For Gen I FJRs, I purchased these off of eBay. I've still have to install the frame/engine guards but the saddlebag guards are nice.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Yamaha-FJR1...taT3Tn&vxp=mtr

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Yamaha-FJR1...xZko9p&vxp=mtr

He also makes them for Gen IIs.
I've been looking at those Russian ones for awhile now, only a different shape for my Gen 2. Please post your experience and thoughts on them!!

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None could be described as very discreet... get over it, LOL. T-Rex on the rear if you need pillion foot room, the R-Gaza's look like they might too. Up front, take your pick, and if the tipover is not controlled, there is high risk of hitting the mirrors and breaking the mirror stay on a Gen3, as they won't likely prevent rolling over further than you'd like.... qualify that, Canyon Cages with sliders might have an advantage there someone with "oops experience" can perhaps chime in.
I have hwy pegs on my canyon cages and they do hit the ground in the tip-over event reducing the probability of bike keep rolling and hitting the mirror/windshield. That said, I had a bad tip-over when another bike backed up into me on a parking lot. The pavement was also significantly sloped in the direction of tip over and I had 0 chance of holding it or controlling the fall. If not for the slope it would've been a no-damage accident. Instead it kept rolling and hit the right mirror and handlebar on the ground. The mirror didn't break, but the plastic shell got badly scratched. Ended up touching-up scratches on cages/bar-end and replacing the mirror. Wish they were selling touch-up paint for my pride

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I have T-Rex cages in front and Canyon's in the rear. I had some customer service challenges with T-Rex which irritated me badly enough that I bought the Canyon luggage guards. The T-Rex luggage guards are better thought through from an engineering standpoint but I won't buy anything from them again. Since your like....way across that pond, I would be calling and verifying what they had in stock before placing an order. What was ~5 weeks of irritation for me would be 10 for you if you are unfortunate enough to suffer similar issue's.

I completely agree with the getting older bit especially since it seems we gravitate toward heavier bikes in the middle + years since we can actually afford them! The progression of aging takes it's toll on muscle mass, belly fat (lol, maybe just me :P) and bone density issue's. I think some relatively inexpensive tip-over protection is well justified.

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