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I am installing crashbars/engine guards for practical purposes. I have managed to pick my Sportster up once by myself (in gravel and the dark, no less), but it wasn't easy. I'm female, 5'5" and 125lbs. I have seen how well crash bars work in a drop. When I commented about adding them to my bike, I was greeted with very negative comments about ruining the look of the bike because it is a Sportster 883. They're going on either way, but I wondered about your opinion on the "look" issue and how many of you have crash bars?
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I have engine guards/crash bars on my xl1200r and like the look.
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I installed a set with highway pegs and love the extra place to put my feet.I went with factory bars.
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Crash bars and pullback handle bars were the first major accessories I had the dealer put on my new 07 883.
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I've had the H-D engine guard on my bike for about a year and like the look.



Be aware though that they do change the air flow (mine push more air up from below) and, if not installed and adjusted properly, can introduce a new vibration into the mix. I had to adjust the mounting on mine several times to tune out the vibration. All that said, I like the way they beef up the look of the front end. I've never dropped this bike, so I can't speak to what they would add in that regard.
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I've had mine on for a little over 2 years, and I love it. I added footpegs for highway cruising, although I'd have to recommend buying some with a decent amount of rubber on them to kill vibrations. I have chrome pegs with a very small rubber insert, and on the highway, the vibration makes my feet go numb after a couple of minutes.

I got mine on Ebay for about $30.

I'll be taking it off here in the next month or so when the XB fork swap is complete. I don't think the crash bar will accent the Buell front end too well.
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I've had "case guards" (crash bars) on just about every bike I've owned... until I got my 04 883. The case guards were either factory installed, or installed by previous owners.

The good ones keep a bike from rolling all the way over, which does come in handy when picking the bike back up.

There is a trick I've heard of but haven't had the oportunity to try. (I haven't dropped a bike in years). My step daughter took an MSF class awhile back, and the instructor demonstrated the technique to the class.

He laid a bike on it's side, then had one of the young ladies in the class participate. You grab the handlebar that is sticking up in the air, take your right or left foot and put it on the foot peg, then lean back while putting all your weight on the peg and tugging on the handlebar.

Of course the trick is to stop tugging when the bike is back right side up.

Any body else seen this or heard about it?

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I had crashbars on my 79 Yamaha ....when I laid it down and slid out of a curve in the rain one day the left side saved my leg before the bike left me...Im sure of it.
The ditch didnt do much for me though.
I was able to ride it home but I couldnt move the next day and for many days after as my whole left side was covered with road rash. Dont have them now.....dont like the looks..LOL....but they worked for me that day!
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I put crash bars on my 07 883 the day I bought it, and it was a GREAT decision. I did lay down my brand new sporty, and cause of the crash bars, there practically no damage to the bike. Just a scratch on the crash bar and back blinker. As for the look, I think it makes the bike look bigger and wider. I think it looks good.
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I have them for the possible injury protection and bike damage and I have foot pegs that allow another riding position. I don't think they either take away or add to the looks. But, I like em. Always looking for something better.
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