Are crash bars effective?

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Are crash bars effective?

Unread post by Starsh » Wed Sep 20, 2006 8:59 pm

Does anyone know if crash bars are worth it from a safety point of view?

I have a set on order and realized that while they look great (IMHO), I've never read anything about their effectiveness (or lack there of).

Any light shed on this subject would be greatly appreciated.

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Unread post by Kal » Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:06 pm

When you say crash bars, you mean?
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Unread post by Sev » Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:33 pm

Crashbars are designed for the purpose of protecting the engine in the event you tip or drop the bike.

There have been reported cases of legs being broken on a crash bar in teh event of an accident.

Long story short, they are not designed to protect the rider, they are designed to protect the engine.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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Unread post by Starsh » Thu Sep 21, 2006 6:33 am

Thanks for the explanation. I think I'll switch to Suzuki's "Engine" Guard. It doesn't protrude much past the engine and wouldn't pose any threat to body parts in the event of a mishap.

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Unread post by sharpmagna » Thu Sep 21, 2006 10:09 am

I have engine bars on my bike and there are highway pegs attached to it. I dropped my bike at a stand still and the bike had no damage to it because the highway peg took the fall. I haven't dropped it while moving and I'm not "planning" on it either :lol:
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Unread post by Starsh » Thu Sep 21, 2006 11:37 am

I appreciate your input sharpmagna. I have no worries about the bars' functionality when you just drop the bike. My concern is are they more of liability than a benefit to the rider in more serious mishaps.

No one plans on anything happening to them while they're moving; that's why they're called accidents.

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Unread post by Meanie » Sat Sep 23, 2006 12:57 pm

I've heard of cases where the crash bar/engine guard protected and saved the leg of the rider. Think about it, a proper function bar keeps the bike off the leg, thereby lessening being crushed and/or burned. That extra weight on the legs while sliding will double the chances of road rash. The difference could be a minor road rash to requiring a skin graft.
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Unread post by Mintbread » Sat Sep 23, 2006 6:40 pm

And when that bar is on top of your leg sliding down the road it is such a small point of contact that it can take the leg clean off. If the bike ends up on top of me I would rather the weight be distributed a little more evenly.
Either way, engine cases are as replaceable as crash bars and look a whole lot better bolted to your bike.
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Unread post by slimcolo » Fri Aug 03, 2007 8:52 am

Crash bars are extremly effective, however the proper name is engine guards. (They are designed to protect bike not rider)
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Unread post by celt » Fri Aug 03, 2007 9:25 am

from the thread about the Hurt Report findings:

39. Crash bars are not an effective injury countermeasure; the reduction of injury to the ankle-foot is balanced by increase of injury to the thigh-upper leg, knee, and lower leg.

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Unread post by Septimus » Fri Aug 03, 2007 11:48 am

I'd never heard of engine bars being used as a *rider* protection mechanism. I'll probably get some for my Ninja to protect the bike from me!

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Unread post by flw » Fri Aug 03, 2007 1:51 pm

There's engine bars for your engine only.

There's highway bars that are for your engine and your legs. In case you slide down the pavement there is a chance your leg will not take all the weight or get trapped.

Crash bars are the older name for what is now called highway bars.
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