I am interested in reviews from those who have added crash bars, particularly about how well the various bars work when the bike is laid down.
I found a picture on the internet some time ago of an F650GS used as a police bike with crash bars (attached). I don't recognize these bars. Anyone know who makes the bars in the bottom picture?
The OEM bars look to me like they don't stick out far enough to protect anything but the engine itself. I saw an F650GS at a BMW Rally in Galena, IL last year that had conventional looking crash bars. The bike was parked with no owner in sight or I would have asked him where he bought the bars. I like these conventional bars because it looks to me like they stick out far enough that if you lay the bike down they will prevent any other part of the bike from hitting the pavement and keep your leg from getting pinched by the bike hitting the road. Also, highway pegs can be added to the crash bars. Truth is, I don't know what I'm talking about because I don't have any experience with laying a bike down while on the street.
The Hepco Becker bars (below) look like they stick out a bit more most F650GS crash bars, but not nearly as much as in the police bike pic at the bottom or the ones I saw at the Galena Rally.