Protecting your motorcycle from costly damage in the event of a fall requires careful consideration as to what type of protection crash bar/engine guard accessory you fit to your bike.

Motorcycle crashbar protection considerations

Motorcycles fall over, whether at speed or when parked. It is important therefore to ensure that your engine, body panels and other vital components such as your radiator are protected with a well-engineered set of crashbars.

Upper Motorcycle Crashbar GS1200
Motorcycle Crash bars Triumph Tiger

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In the event of a bike being dropped, there are generally 3 points of contact with the ground: the handlebars, footpeg and the outer extremity of the bodywork. In the majority of cases, one of these points is where the bike will first make contact with the ground.

At the very least a crashbar should ensure protection of your body-work where it is most likely to touch the ground.

SW-Motech engineers are critically aware of this and actually lay each bike on the ground to determine where the extremity of the bodywork of each model is relative to the handlebar position.

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The next consideration would be where the crashbars mount . On each model, SW-Motech engineers look for the strongest mounting points for their crashbars to ensure a sound, solid attachment base.

And they go beyond this.

Motorcycle Crashbars for Africa Twin
Motorcycle Crash Bar Cross Bar

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Additional design features include a cross bar element (pictured left) to brace the entire system. Some manufacturer’s offerings neglect this vital element and, in a fall, their crashbars actually bend into the bodywork of the motorcycle, causing damage to both the radiator and body panels.

Without crash bars (or poorly designed units) there is every likelihood of the radiator suffering damage in the event of the bike being dropped. This could leave you stranded. Not to mention collateral body panel damage as well. Both are costly exercises to rectify.

The following models all have the radiator behind the body panel, making this vital component very vulnerable in the event of a fall:

Motorcycle Crashbar LC Protection
BMW GS Air Cooled Crashbar

Even if your bike is not water cooled such as the BMW R1200 GS oil cooled model, it still requires the protection of crash bars. In this instance, the boxer motor cylinders are exposed and are most likely to be the first thing to touch the ground.

How big should crashbars be and are bigger bars better?

Do not be fooled into thinking that the higher or bigger the crash bar the better. Any crash bar that extends beyond the outermost extremity of the bodywork is superfluous.

Not only does it add additional weight to the bike but even more importantly can potentially be unsafe to the rider.

A crash bar that is too high can cause serious injury to one’s legs in the event of falling forward.

Furthermore, this additional height can also cause vibrations that will ultimately be transferred to the rider and bike. Such vibrations can also lead to metal fatigue and premature failure.

Lastly, there are known instances of full “lock to lock” steering problems with designs of this nature.

Crash Bar Engine Guard Triumph Explorer

Do Integrated Engine Guard & Crashbar Systems offer more protection?

Another question we are often asked is: why do SW-Motech not design an all in one unit that encompasses both crash bar and engine guard/skid plate? Although this may sound like a good idea in principle it is not.

Reasons include:

Weight:  Such units can weigh up to 11 kg and do not necessarily provide more protection: only more weight.

Ground clearance:  “Integrated” crash bar and engine guard designs by their very nature cause the bike to have a lower ground clearance as the tubing of these units has to run under the engine sump.

A dedicated SW-Motech engine guard allows for maximum ground clearance and works independently of the crash bar.

Safety:  Due to the lower ground clearance the integrated engine guard  will drag very shortly after the footpegs do and could lever the rear tyre off the ground. Bear in mind that the foot pegs have been designed by the manufacturers to tilt up in the event of them scraping. The integrated crash bar/engine guard cannot .

Furthermore, the additional height of such units can cause bodily harm in the event of a fall.

Quality built into every SW-Motech Adventure Crash bar

Honda Motorcycle Crashbar
  • All SW-Motech crashbars are engineered in Germany and constructed of high-quality steel machined to the finest of tolerances, sandblasted and then powder coated to a rich lustre.
  • Units are constructed from 26 mm tube with a wall thickness of 2.5 mm (most competitors products are 24 mm tubing with a thickness of 2.0- 2.2 mm).
  • Design criteria also include minimal bends and gussets (when required) to further increase their strength.
  • High-strength frame mounting points and rubber anti-vibration components (are also included when required).
  • Cross braces where required
  • Superior engineering: SW-Motech joints are 5-axis laser cut, creating a perfect union, before the bars are hand TIG welded in a jig. This process creates a precision fit, easy installation and superior strength. Some competitor crash bars are fabricated through crimping the bar and then welding the joints, creating a forced fit with a weak bond and installation difficulties.
  • SW-Motech voluntarily subject random samples of their production units to an independent testing authority. Such units are X-rayed to check quality of the weld, paint adhesion etc.
  • Simple to install . No cutting or welding is required.
KTM Motorcycle Crash Bar

What do I need for my bike?

All hardware required is supplied in the kit. Click on your model below for further details.

Motorcycle Crash Bar Engine Guard Tiger

SW-Motech Crash Bar Range

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R 3,180.00

Solid wrap around upper crash Bars protect the fairing and radiator against damage caused by accidents and falls.

R 3,650.00

Vital protection for one of the most distinctive but vulnerable items on the KTM 790- its deep-set plastic tank.

R 3,550.00

Precision design SW-Motech crash bars to protect the exposed pods.

R 4,740.00

Precision design SW-Motech crash bars to protect the exposed pods.

R 2,560.00

Protect your bike's bodywork and fuel tank in the event of a crash or slide with these SW-MOTECH Crash Bars Engine Guards!

R 2,850.00

Body and other vital components such as your radiator are protected with a well engineered set of crash bars.

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R 2,340.00

Constructed of heavy-duty mild steel, SW-MOTECH crashbars are designed to provide maximum protection, optical integration, and high-quality fit and finish.

R 2,430.00

SW-MOTECH Crashbars for BMW G 650 X Country/Xmoto/Xchallenge provides maximum protection, optical integration, and high-quality fit and finish.

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R 2,960.00

Precision German engineered SW-Motech crashbars for the BMW F800GS /700GS/650GS series ensure a perfect fit, strength & optical integration. High-strength frame mounting with cross brace.

BMW F650/F800GS/F700GS/F800GSA

Upper Crashbar BMW F 800 GS Adventure

R 2,550.00

Designed to provide maximum protection to both the vulnerable radiator and body work.Can be used with or without BMW OEM lower crashbar.  

R 3,100.00

Precision German engineered SW-Motech crash bars for the BMW F 750 / 850 GS ensure a perfect fit, strength & optical integration. High-strength frame mounting with cross brace. Now in South Africa

R 2,980.00

Provides protection to both the fairing and engine without interfering with oil changes or removal of cylinder head covers for valve adjustments.

R 3,380.00

A high-quality fit and finish designed to provide maximum protection and optical integration.

R 2,980.00

Tough construction provides maximum protection to the engine pods. Suitable for SA off road conditions. Easy to fit.

R 3,290.00

Rally Style SW-MOTECH Lower Crashbars / Engine Guards provides protection to both the fairing and engine designed to provide maximum protection, optical integration, and high-quality fit and finish.

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R 2,900.00

SW-MOTECH Upper Crashbar for the BMW R1200GS '04-'07 protects the radiator and lower fairing of your motorcycle.

R 3,050.00

SW-MOTECH Motorcycle Upper Crashbars BMW R1200GS (2008 onwards)  protects fairing and vital parts from damage.

R 2,860.00

The SW-MOTECH Crash Bars/ Engine Guards are the ultimate in protection for the 2015-2017 BMW S1000XR against damage incurred during a fall, slide or crash.

R 3,200.00

Provides vital protection to the engine pods while maintaining access for oil changes and valve adjustment .

R 2,950.00

German engineering to protect the vulnerable radiator and lower fairing .

R 2,950.00

German made quality Upper Crash bars ensure a precise fit & maximum protection for both radiator & body panels.

R 3,200.00

Provides protection to the engine cylinders while still allowing for oil changes and valve adjustment.

R 2,950.00

Constructed from heavy-duty steel for maximum radiator and body panel protection. Easy to fit.

R 3,200.00

Simple to fit offering maximum maximum radiator and body panel protection. Quality German construction for tough off road use.

R 4,580.00

Constructed from high grade German Stainless steel. No need to remove for oil changes or valve adjustment

R 3,500.00

Provides maximum protection to the radiator and body panels.Easy to fit to factory/OEM bottom crashbars

R 3,650.00

Provides maximum protection to the radiator and body panels.Easy to fit to bottom crash bars

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R 2,250.00

Provide maximum protection, optical integration, and high-quality fit and finish, adventure riding with piece of mind.

R 2,895.00

Motorcycle Crashbars Fairing Guards for Honda XL 700 V made by SW-Motech offers protection for the vital parts of your bike.

R 2,595.00

Engine Protection Crashbars for the Honda NC XRV 750 Africa Twin made by SW-Motech provide protection, style, and a high-quality fit and finish.

R 2,595.00

Constructed from heavy-duty steel to provide maximum protection for tough South African conditions. Easy to fit.

R 2,350.00

Motorcycle Crashbars Fairing Protectors for Honda XL 1000 V Varadero (2004 - 2005) provide protection to both the fairing and engine.

R 2,350.00

Provides protection to both the fairing and engine. Protected against corrosion by sandblasting and powdercoating.

R 2,690.00

German engineered crash bars protect the vital components of the Honda Africa Twin from damage, in the event of a fall.

R 2,790.00

Designed to provide maximum protection, optical integration with a high-quality fit and finish.

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R 2,185.00

Protect your bike's bodywork and fuel tank in the event of a crash or slide with these SW-MOTECH Crash Bars Engine Guards!

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R 2,480.00

Constructed of heavy-duty mild steel, designed to provide maximum protection and optical integration.

R 2,480.00

Adventure Bike Protection that retains the original styling of the motorcycle.

R 2,490.00

Designed to provide maximum protection, while still conforming to the look and style of the bike.

R 2,690.00

Constructed of heavy-duty mild steel, SW-MOTECH crashbars are designed to provide maximum protection, optical integration, and high-quality fit and finish.

R 2,990.00

SW-MOTECH Crashbars/ Engine Guards for KTM 950/990 offer protection for important parts of motorcycle while keeping in line with styling of the bike.

R 2,560.00

SW-MOTECH Crashbars/ Engine Guards for KTM 1190/1050 are constructed of heavy-duty mild steel, designed to provide maximum protection, and a high-quality fit.

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R 3,250.00

SW-Motech Upper Crashbar protects tank and fairing of the KTM 1190 Adventure/R from scratches and damage in case of an accident.

R 3,250.00

SW-Motech Upper Crashbar protects tank and fairing of the KTM 1190 Adventure/R from scratches and damage in case of an accident.

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R 3,250.00

This rugged upper crash bar protects tank and fairing of the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R as well for 1290 Super Adventure S and 1090 Adventure (16-) from scratches and damage in case of an accident, helping to avoid costly repairs.

R 2,290.00

SW-MOTECH Adventure Crashbars for Suzuki DL650 V-Strom '04-'11 protected against corrosion by sandblasting and powdercoating.

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R 2,290.00

SW-MOTECH Crashbars/ Engine Guards for Suzuki DL650 V-Strom '12-'15 & V-Strom 650 XT '15 protects vital motorcycle parts..

R 2,460.00

Motorcycle Crashbars for Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom '02-'07 by SW-Motech are designed to protect the engine in the event of a tip over or mild crash.

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R 2,690.00

Protect the radiator and lower fairing of your motorcycle to keep your adventure from seizing with SW Motech Crash Bars/ Engine Guards.

R 2,550.00

The SW-Motech Adventure Crashbars are designed to deliver the utmost protection in the event of a crash or drop.