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Have you ever been riding down the highway and felt the need to “stretch out” and place your feet in another position? Have you ever stopped and had your foot slip out from under you? In this buying guide, you just might find your cure! Freeway bars or highway bars are a great aesthetic and functional addition to your motorcycle. Many people use these bars as platforms to mount highway pegs, driving lights, speakers, drink holders, desert dawgs, and many other accessories. In days of old, what we currently know as highway bars was referred to as either engine guards or crash bars. But, due to our current legislative environment these common motorcycle saving ‘tip over tools” now come with warning labels similar to this:
“Freeway bars add style to your motorcycle. They are not designed to withstand a serious impact and may not protect you and / or your motorcycle in the event of a crash.”
This being said, most of today’s highway bars will withstand a mild drop, tip over, or slip of the foot. If this does happen, please examine all welds, mounts, and fasteners and replace any damaged component(s) as soon as as possible. Several of these top manufacturers of highway bars are as follows:
|- Lindby Custom - Cobra - National Cycle - Baron Custom Accessories - Kuryakyn||- MC Enterprises - Custom World International - Show Chrome Accessories - Jardine - And Many More...|
When it comes to sizes and styles of highway bars the one style which comes immediately to mind is the classic 1 ¼” hoop. Although the most common, there are many more options for us look at with some having unique and key differentiating features. These various styles and their differentiators are as follows:
In addition to tip-over protection, highway bars can become the mounting platform for many other useful accessories. Some of the most common accessories added to highway bar are:
Whether purchasing highway bars for tip-over protection, a platform the above mentioned accessories or just for simple cosmetic enhancement... once added to your motorcycle you will wonder how you ever lived without. Thanks you for reading this motorcycle Highway Bar Buying Guide.
Until next time, take care and ride safe.
Kyle and the Cruiser Customizing Team