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Without going into the how/why, suffice it to say that my daughter knocked over my Strat. Fortunately, it landed in some boxes and a wire rack rather than straight to the floor. Fortunately, the only thing that happened is the rack put a couple of nice gouges in the windshield that I think I can buff out. Anyhoo, what I'm want to do now, is to install some crash bars that would *hopefully* keep it from going completely horizontal if the bike were to fall where there is nothing to catch it. Having said that, I am currently only aware of the Yamaha "big bars" and Cobra Fattys, but are either of those adequate or would they just fold up under the weight? I would maybe also like to install some "Buck's Lowers" on there. Just looking for some feedback, thanks!
 

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You might want to look at Lindby bars. I have a set on my Liner and like them a lot. It is a personal thing but I don't like big hoop style crash bars.
Lindy has been an aftermarket manufacturer for crash bars for HD's but have expanded into metrics.
 

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I'd say go for the linby bars also.

I put on a set of black powdercoated linby bars with the flat top with foot pads, and a month later while at the end of a long wet raining cold trip, I got almost to my parents carport, and lost the monster in the grass and mud, it only fell over about a 45 degree angle and stopped, I was moving just enough that it plowed up a bunch of grass and mud, and crammed the left foot board up to it's upper limit, nothing hurt, but the bar was bent back about and inch, washed the mud off and kicked the bar back away from the boards, got home the following week, and took the bar off and straightened it out with a torch/rosebud tip, got it nice and then repainted the scraped bottom edge. So in the first month, it paid for itself with a no damage to the bike oops. I did know that heavy bikes going down a sloped driveway across the grass can be a pain once in awhile lol ! Oh and I was pitched off to the left side, full leathers all wet, I just rolled out and looked back at the bike, and it was just sitting there halfway to the ground. From that angle, it was easy to pick it back up. I know I would have damaged something if the bars had not been there, such as the fairing, mirror, saddle bags.
I came out good this time. I am planning on the saddle bag roll bars soon also.
 

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i bought a brand new el'cheapo set off eBay. far cheaper than Yamaha big bars but they are not the quality either. the plating is suspect. seems soft like it is nickel plate and little (or no) chrome. the bolts were super cheap and everyone of them broke. i replaced with grade eight bolts, flat washers, lock washers and chrome acorn nuts where visible. they look very nice now and at a fraction of the price. they don't seem real big in size to me though. they are supposed to be a Yamaha Big Bar Engine Guard knock off. i made some elephant ears and they work great. no one will say their bars are "crash bars and i dont think they would help a whole lot if you are rolling over past the floor board bottoms. from my limited experience i have found that if the bike is moving and it's on it's side, there is nothing on that side that will be worth a whole lot. especially on our big bike's there is going to be little the engine guard would save.
 

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I have Cobra crash bars. The quality is excellent and it has paid for itself by limiting damage to my bike when it went down. I had one small scratch on the underside of the bar.
 

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I am only thinking of if the bike fell while at rest or moving very slowly, not to protect during a moving crash as I know there is little to protect in that event. I will look into the Linbys...thanks for the feedback!
 

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Just ordered Lindbys as well....I believe they can save a leg during a lay down additionally. One store on EBay has the classic ones for app 285 vs the normal 318+ on google or the other eBay stores.
 

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I'm right at 6' tall, wear 32" inseam pants...can you actually set your feet on these...comfortably (the Lindby's specifically)? Seems like it would be a bit of a stretch and may not be all that comfortable, but not having ever used them, it's hard to say for sure. I'm just judging by where I think the bars will be relative to my feet. In either case, I'll still want crash bars, just looking into which are most functional as highway bars too. I've got a good deal worked out on a set of the Lindby Multibar black PC'd, checking in before I pull the trigger on them.
 

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Sure can !

I'm taller but do have 32" inseams and reach the top of the linby bar just fine, I think you will like it. Oh and it's nice to have a place to straighten out the old legs on the road..

Let us know what you pick.
 

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Lindby Crash Bars

I am 6'1" with 31" inseam. I reach the bars fine. In fact sometimes I slouch in the seat a little leaning against my backrest and lay my feet on top of the bars around ankle high.
I don't think there are too many company's that make black bars like Lindby and you do have a midnight liner.
 

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I may be selling a OEM set with kury pegs at the end of the month,in case you decide to go with bars and are looking in the used market.
 

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I may be selling a OEM set with kury pegs at the end of the month,in case you decide to go with bars and are looking in the used market.
If you do decide to sell these, I may be interested. Would you be able to posy=t up pics of them? pref. on the bike...

I am in the market for some. I am leaning towards some Cobra ones I saw on ebay for $165. But for the right price I may take yours off your hands. Let me know...
 

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Just looking for some feedback, thanks!
I have the Yamaha bars and they're completely adequate for the situation you describe. Your preference.

What you might want to take into your deliberation is protection of the very vulnerable saddlebags in the same tip-over situation.



The front portion of the bag rails (picture) is a very sturdy protection guard, and complements the protection afforded by the front crash bars. The bike can rest on the two support points without damaging the engine, floorboards, pegs, shifter, etc. The only things at risk on my bike on a tip-over are the Kury highway pegs.

As noted, the style of the crash bars you choose is up to you. All I'd mention is that to provide the protection you're seeking, they should extend far enough outward to minimize tip-over damage to all control extensions.

Good luck.:)
 

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Linby bars to the rescue again.

All right guys and gals, I had a small fast battle with some black ice yesterday morning at 6am while trying to head out for work.
My driveway is kind of steep, and the unseen ice in the street won the battle. So this is another positive for linby bars, the bike
tried to go all the way around with me in a fast second, tossed my big ass off like a pingpong ball, can you say splat..
My strat was just sitting there at about 45 degrees on the left linby bar and foot board, and I was ten feet away with a dislocated left elbow and trashed left ankle...No damage to the beast, took three cops to get it back in the driveway and into my garage lol..
I'll be off work for a few weeks. When the xrays didn't show any broken bones I was surprised and although sore as hell, pretty happy. So Do the bars, they have protected my beast twice now, both weather related oopses....and I'm rethinking hard about my weather limits and riding, oh it was 26 degrees..
 

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and I'm rethinking hard about my weather limits and riding, oh it was 26 degrees..
I've made the decision that anything under 38 is where I take the car now. I had a "discussion" with some black ice a couple years ago on the Ducati, and to be completely honest, it scared the hell out of me.

Now, I stick to temps where ice isn't typically hiding in the shadows.

Heal up sir!
 

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I decided on the black Lindby Multibars, should be here by end of the week.

Regarding cold temps, my general ROT is 40 and over, but lately I've been riding in anything over 32. For me, anything above 40 is pretty comfortable, but below that, I do get cold...especially my fingertips. Glad to see the bars did their job, just sucks you took the beating. Hope you heal up soon.
 

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Glad to hear your ok dcody40.We're not as young as we used to be so bouncing off a bikes just aint that much fun anymore.
 

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I have the front crash bars on my Stratoliner..the rears look good and I may have buy them. That said, I ride down into the 20s if I know the roads are clear/clean (no salt/cinders) and with my heated riding gear (jacket liner/heated gloves). I also use Moose enduro handguards on the handlebars for wind protection in the winter----------they make a huge difference in how warm your hands are.
 

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You will like those lindby bars on your midnight - I promise.
 
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