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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-27-2011, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Factory highway bars installed

I got a call from my dealer a couple of days ago saying my floor boards came in, so I made an appointment for this morning to have them installed. As it turns out the parts dept. made an error, and checked in the wrong parts on my invoice. So in fact my crash bars came in, but not the boards. In the end it didn't matter as the trip was still worthwhile. Here are some shots of the bike with the bars installed. I know you have all seen these before on other Thunderbirds, but I thought I'd post them anyway.





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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 09:05 AM
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I've got them on mine as well and have to say they look good. I can't say that for the rear bars tho', so don't be tempted, they knock into the back of the pillion's legs.
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I wasn't sure if I wanted the rear bars or not, but until I finally decide on what sort of saddle bags I want I was holding off. Hearing that they interfere with the passenger's legs makes me glad I didn't order them yet. Thanks for the tip. You probably just saved me some money.
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I like the look the bars give my bike. My wife did mention the bars touching her calfs but it wasn't a big issue for her,I reckon adjustable footboards would fix the problem,but I have not sussed that out and mainly ride solo anyway.They also saved a lot of damage when I when I spun out and dropped it on some loose road surface a while back.
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I put the highway bars on Blackbird then added Kuriakan (sp?) highway pegs. They look great and really provide a welcome change in leg position on those longer trips. I have to learn how to post pictures so I can show you.
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I added the highway bars plus the chrome radiator cover and really like the way they look - the bars look beefy but still seem to flow nicely with the rest of the bike, not to mention all the extra glitter!

I don't care for the look of the rear bars - seems to square up the engine area - almost looks like portable generator sitting in there...
I suppose with both front and rear bars you've really got a better chance of protecting the bike if you drop it though. And I was wondering if they interfere with the passenger; it sounds like that could be an issue. Think I'll spend the $$ for floor boards instead.

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