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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-03-2006, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone here adapted crash bars made for other bikes to the VN750? I have the Wingerlines on now, but I would like a style more like the Cobra, or something like that. The Wingerlines tend to get in the way sometimes when I use the brake and shifter. Anybody else have this problem? Thanks, Pat
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Other than using them to mount highway pegs, why would you want crash bars?

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Yes Pat, I feel the same way about my Wingerline engine guard.

I always have to be conscious to press on the foot brake with the toes of my feet because the Wingerline gets in the way. (Maybe it's just my big feet!)

But I, too, would like a different crash bar/engine guard than what we've got. So if you do come across someone whose adapted one made for another bike I'd also like to know about it.
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Crash bars cause more engine and personal damage than going without.

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The design of the Vulcan makes it kinda tough to mount any crashbar.
The problem with the Wingerline's seems to come up often. Surprised they haven't re-designed them.
I'll keep an eye out for any pics that might help, but personally, I can't be of any more help.


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Has anyone here adapted crash bars made for other bikes to the VN750? I have the Wingerlines on now, but I would like a style more like the Cobra, or something like that. The Wingerlines tend to get in the way sometimes when I use the brake and shifter. Anybody else have this problem? Thanks, Pat

I like my Kawasaki guard because it keeps my boot off of the right side exhaust pipe and saves a lot of cleanup. I have a highway hawk guard that I obtained new without a mounting kit and was going to try and adapt with the Kaw guard but it won't work. It looks more like the guards for other bikes. I attached a pic? but if it doesn't show, I will put a copy in my yahoo photos listed in my sig.

This a big frame guard from top to bottom of radiator. More like the guard on other bikes.
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Other than using them to mount highway pegs, why would you want crash bars?

Cus they look cool maybe?
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Ok...

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adapting crash bars

Hey thanks for all of the replies. I have been thinking of a modification to the Wingerlines that would address the issue of using the rear brake and shifter. If it can be done AND look good also, I'll try it and post some pictures for anybody that may be interested. Thanks, Pat.
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have you thought about fabricating extentions from the mounting points on the bike to the wingerline guard from 1" steel bar (1/8" thick) you can also double then up by spot welding (2)1/8" bars together to create 1/4" thick bar. 2" extentions would give your feet extra clearance & shouldn't affect steering. that is something you would have to play with if you go that route. just paint them black an they will blend in. just a thought.
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