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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-20-2012, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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VN750A15 Crash Bars

Has anyone added crash bars to their VN750A15 ?
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I would say that about 1/4th of the members have done it. Some have stock bars and some have made their own. So why are you asking?

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Has anyone added crash bars to their VN750A15 ?
I think 1/4 is abit high. Now....what are you calling "crash bars"?

Kaw sold "engine guards" which are basically small cages that go around the sides of the engine cases. Nice to put pegs on, but if you drop a 750 it really does not need any protection for the motor as being a V twin it just does not stick out that much.

Now... Wingerline? Used to sell big police style guards. These are much better for adding highway pegs to, but again don't really "guard" anything unless you knock over the bike in the garage.

CHIPS did a study on crash bars back when they switched from HDs to Kawasaki KZ 1000s..... And found that rider injuries moved from lower leg to more severe hip fractures, and that repair costs to the bike were greater with the bar in place. ( this mostly do to the bar making the bike roll over in a crash instead of just slide on one side)

They kept the bars on only because they needed a place to mount sirens and lights .....and adjusted their training to teach their officers how to avoid injury if they went down.

There are still sellers on eBay now and then selling the wingerline bars, which seem to vary alot quality wise. Kaw engine guards are a bit easier to come across. Not sure if they are still available from Kawasaki ...

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I agree with Knife the Kawi engine guard does not do much except for looks and to hang highway pegs on. I do have one on mine. Somewhere along the line engine guard, highway bar and crash bar kind of all got put in the same pot. I would also say that the average "JOE" out here does not go so much for the safety aspect but more for looks.

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Well first all, the reason I'm asking is I have tried all supplies and can not find one made for the VN75015A. I would like to know where to find one. Second the crash bars or highway bars or what ever you wish to call them may not give much protection for the engine, however as you get up into age as I am, you find that the bike is much easier to get under and pick up in case of a drop, also the 750 will lay flat on the ground inwhich makes it very hard to pick up as well as flooding the carb and laying flat will also cause the oil pump to stop pumping as well. If it is not swithched off immediately it will ruin a good engine.
I would hope to get some idea as to where to locate a pair that would fit. Ebay only has them for the 800's and up, never for the 750.
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This is what I have on mine:

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Evidently nobody makes them anymore, and most that you will see is the engine guard. They do pop up on here and E-bay ect and prices are all over the place. I personally think the guard is for nothing but looks and to hang foot pegs on, which I am looking for now. (highway pegs) I think KM just talked about this a day or so ago and made some great points.

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Asbrand-I like that much better than the normal "engine guard"!!!

04-3,200 miles bought July 2011 with 928 miles. Loaded with acessories to many to list here, see my albums for more details! I also make a custom tank bib specific for the 750 if anyone is interested, ck my albums for some pics.
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asbrand you like the mustang seat on yours? Ever try the corbin? I just got the mustang seat to replace the corbin. A little too cold to be riding in my neck of the woods. Just curious if you ever compared them.

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Well first all, the reason I'm asking is I have tried all supplies and can not find one made for the VN75015A. I would like to know where to find one. Second the crash bars or highway bars or what ever you wish to call them may not give much protection for the engine, however as you get up into age as I am, you find that the bike is much easier to get under and pick up in case of a drop, also the 750 will lay flat on the ground inwhich makes it very hard to pick up as well as flooding the carb and laying flat will also cause the oil pump to stop pumping as well. If it is not swithched off immediately it will ruin a good engine.
I would hope to get some idea as to where to locate a pair that would fit. Ebay only has them for the 800's and up, never for the 750.
Oh.... Then what you need is this:

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index...ductId=2318240

One other way to avoid having to pick up your bike is to just not drop it.

Have you thought about a Trike? I hear they rarely fall over.

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