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Offline bartiz

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Hello there forum, fresh rider here, I'm getting a 2013 cb500x and because I'm not that fit physically and it's going to be my first 'big' bike I'd like to buy some protection for it.

My main concern would be something that would protect my bike from drops. Or maybe even lowside.
I've been searching through forums and found few options, however as a new rider I'm not sure what would work the best:

Givi crashbars have been reported to be troublesome, so I would skip on those.

Been looking at SW motech, they're pricey but possibly best option.

Heed or hepco and becker comes in engine or tank protector versions.
Which ones would give better protection against drops, tank or engine bars?

Doing quick read through this topic:
https://www.cb500x.com/index.php/topic,5300.0.html
Some of users even argue they're not necessary and just add weight offering little in return.
I've dropped my 125, damaged a plastic and bend rear brake lever.

So, what would you recommend?
If I would like to learn a bit offroading / greenlaning what would work better (if 2013 version should even be used for those)?

Thanks in advance.
« Last Edit: January 23, 2020, 08:19:02 PM by bartiz »

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Re: Which crashbars for 2013 cb500x that would save from dropping/lowside?
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2020, 02:47:34 PM »
Thought I'd bump this one, as I have some of the same questions.
« Last Edit: January 29, 2020, 02:48:27 PM by foamy »
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Re: Which crashbars for 2013 cb500x that would save from dropping/lowside?
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2020, 04:06:16 PM »
My X has the Givi bars mounted, and I have dropped the bike once, sideways at a stop light that had uneven pavement. The bars took the force, and nothing was broken on the bike. The bars themselves got a small scratch.
As for the problems of the Givi bars, there is a lot of information on this forum on how to properly mount and isolate the bars.
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Re: Which crashbars for 2013 cb500x that would save from dropping/lowside?
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2020, 05:26:57 PM »
:400: to forum, Givi bars here and no problems but no drops either.

Have you consider handle bar protection in the form of barkbuster or the likes  :152: no harm in going for upper and lower bars too :305:

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Re: Which crashbars for 2013 cb500x that would save from dropping/lowside?
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2020, 06:10:34 PM »
Is it the upper bars or lower that cause vibes?
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Re: Which crashbars for 2013 cb500x that would save from dropping/lowside?
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2020, 07:55:37 PM »
I have H&B lower bars.

I tested them once at zero speed, lost my footing.

Engine fine. Bar end scratched. That's about it.

My thoughts, tanks are reasonably cheap, engines are expensive.
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Re: Which crashbars for 2013 cb500x that would save from dropping/lowside?
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2020, 09:29:10 PM »
I've dropped my CB a good few number of times now, and it's very rare that the actually bodywork touches down, certainly with any force - rather the handle-bars tend to take the brunt in the event of a fall; so as Woody suggests, you're probably better off fitting some strong hand-guards initially, before decided whether to invest in any additional 'protection'.

for info. BarkBusters offer a specific mounting kit for the CB500X which uses a two point mounting system with an aluminium backbone - they are very strong - although there are similar styles from other companies too.

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Re: Which crashbars for 2013 cb500x that would save from dropping/lowside?
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2020, 09:55:47 PM »
The upper bars look good though  :062:
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Re: Which crashbars for 2013 cb500x that would save from dropping/lowside?
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2020, 11:25:19 PM »
The bike I bought comes with barkbusters fitted, so being scared of drops I ordered SW-Motech guards: https://www.motohaus.com/crash-bar-black-honda-cb-500-x-13-15.html, unfortunately it says they're out of stock... So might go with something different, Givi? Hepco Becker?

Actually, both hepco as well as sw motech engine guards have only two mounting points and third point is just pushing against each other... Starting to wonder whenever they're any good.

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Re: Which crashbars for 2013 cb500x that would save from dropping/lowside?
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2020, 11:44:21 PM »
*Originally Posted by bartiz [+]

If I would like to learn a bit offroading / greenlaning what would work better (if 2013 version should even be used for those)?

Thanks in advance.

You can certainly learn how to and enjoy riding easy green lanes and trails on your CB, but what is more important than crash bars in that instance is some more all-terrain pattern tyres (and with a 17" front wheel you are really limited to the Continental TKC80 for the front at least) and some hand-guards. With the limited ground clearance especially on a stock bike, you'd be wise to fit some kind of skid-plate/engine guard too - those are the things that will make the most difference and protect your bike if you are riding it off-road.

If you are a novice off-road, then the best advise would be to take a day's training with a company who focus on riding larger 'adventure' style bikes off-road, although the basic principles are much the same even if you're on a more dirt-focused bike of course.

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