Several brands and styles of bars are available for the KLR, but I like SW-Motech bars. They look good, are solid on the bike, and have saved my engine shrouds a couple of times. These bars may seem expensive, until you spend $200 for a replacement Gen 2 engine shroud. Drop the bike twice and the bars have paid for themselves.
Here are some highlights of SW-Motechs going on to a 2012 KLR:
|Unprotected riding is risky behavior.|
|Crash bars are just what is needed.|
1- the front frame/motor mount (left side of the picture above),
2- the subframe (upper right hand), and
3- at the foot pegs (bottom of the picture).
Study the installation instructions, then sort and familiarize yourself with the hardware before tearing the bike apart. Dump the hardware in a box or bin to keep everything together and sort out what is needed for each mounting location. Now, you are ready to start on the bike.
Remove the bike's side panels, seat, and gas tank. Keep in mind that an empty gas tank is easier to handle. Once the bike is stripped down, you are ready to start mounting the bars. I recommend starting with the right side.
|The rubber bushings go here.|
|The inserts go inside the bushings.|
|A hex bolt replaces the stock bolt on the sub-frame.|
|Right side foot peg mount bolts.|
|Left side of front mount. The right bar is already on.|
|The right side bar installed|
The left side bar installed