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Old 12-06-2012, 04:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Touratech Engine guards

When I opened the box I found 3 bags, 1 with each of the engine guards and 1 with all the rest of the parts. The engine guards look very nice with a good finish. Like all of Touratech's products the instructions leave a lot to be desired. If you lay out the parts on a table or counter you will find where everything fits.
Now following the instructions you remove 2 panels on each side install a bracket and then reinstall the panels. (It is just as easy to install the brackets without removing the panels.) Next you install the right side bar but first you need to remove two bolts the rear one is easy. The front one has a nut that is buried and the best way to get to it is from the left side of the bike. Install the bar the back bolt is easy, the front bolt and nut will take a lot of time. I suggest wrapping the socket with tape and using a universal to get a straight shot at the bolt. Have a friend help you. Now install the last 2 bolts to the bracket that you installed in the first step. Now repeat with the left side and hope that everything fits (mine did not without considerable work) These are some of the worst manufactured products that I have purchased for any of my motorcycles. The engineering is lacking, with a little more time spent they could have been a very good product.


Do I think that they will do the job of protecting the upper body of the bike YES. Would I buy them again no way and I can not recommend them to anyone. There are better options available ALTRIDER for one.

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Old 12-09-2012, 11:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Went to the moto show in Long Beach Friday, Tourtech had a prominent display there. The panniers were $1750. That's stupid. I left there not even inquiring the other products they offer as I was turned off by their pricing. Too bad too...
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Do I think that they will do the job of protecting the upper body of the bike YES. Would I buy them again no way and I can not recommend them to anyone. There are better options available ALTRIDER for one.
Judging by that photo I think you're wrong about them protecting anything. If you draw a line from the Triumph lower bars and the plastic tank protector, the Touratech bar will be off the ground completely.
Anyhow, thanks for the review. You just saved me a couple of hundred quid.
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I had read a few reports of bike being dropped and the radiator being damaged that is what I am trying to protect with these bars. After seeing the ALTRIDER bars I think that they would do a much better job. When I purchased the bike the ALTRIDERs were not available.
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I had read a few reports of bike being dropped and the radiator being damaged that is what I am trying to protect with these bars. After seeing the ALTRIDER bars I think that they would do a much better job. When I purchased the bike the ALTRIDERs were not available.
Have to say that I haven't seen any reports of the actual rad being damaged. However, my bike's been on its side a few times and the rad cover is scratched and I lost the indicator lens in a pile of soft sand. I've since moved the indicators up next to the headlamps. My plastics around the tank are also scratched so I think the plastics are doing their job.
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Hello men. I have good news and I have bad news. First the good. I have bars from Holan, made in Poland. Nicely made, very robust. Tested them out in a parking lot mishap. The only damage was the powder coat rubbed through. Touched it up with that liquid electrical tape in a can.
Bad news, they are no longer imported to the States, so Blacktiger, you are in luck, but not iride4u.
I also have their Spam Cans, which are very good as well.
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Yeah what is the deal with Holan? For a while I was seeing their stuff available in the US then all of a sudden they stopped. Too bad, I really liked their aluminum panniers.
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Hello men. I have good news and I have bad news. First the good. I have bars from Holan, made in Poland. Nicely made, very robust. Tested them out in a parking lot mishap. The only damage was the powder coat rubbed through. Touched it up with that liquid electrical tape in a can.
Bad news, they are no longer imported to the States, so Blacktiger, you are in luck, but not iride4u.
I also have their Spam Cans, which are very good as well.
Cheers mate. I'll check them out.

For the USA http://holanusa.com/
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They do look pretty solid. http://holan.pl/en/product/24/507/50..._for_Tiger_800
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Here's a shot of mine with the Holans. For some reason, the pic seems to be uploading upside down, hopefully, it will self correct. If you do a side by side comparison, you'll see they are much thicker metal. 2 mm vs 1.5 on Trax. Regardless of what the ads say, Trax leak. Holan uses two sealing surfaces, so unless you take them swimming,your gear is totally dry. The mounts are stainless, which is nice too. Best of all, they were quite a bit cheaper than Trax and miles less than Zegas or Metal Mules.
Re: Stateside availability. I know the person who was importing them previously. I don't want to misquote him, but I think it was a case of orders not being filled consistantly. He was getting blamed for the back orders knew his reputation would suffer, so he quit importing them.
Hopefully they will get it together at some point and become available again.
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