I actually think the better name is engine guards. Most, if not all of these front bars do a poor job in protecting the body work of the K1600 models, even 0 kph/mph tip overs.They should be called tip over bars. Only thing they'll do in a crash is bend or break off.
Actually I think there's a fair number on the site that would disagree with you. The one time I dumped my bike (making a very slow turn in a motel lot that was potholled to heck - was looking for a room number and failed to see the pot hole) my front bar did prevent any damage to the front of the bike (although it did break the foot peg). I didn't have the rear bars at the time so I got a slight muff on the side bag. I'm sure if I'd had the rear ones I would have escaped undamaged.I actually think the better name is engine guards. Most, if not all of these front bars do a poor job in protecting the body work of the K1600 models, even 0 kph/mph tip overs.
Without intending to be disrespectful to the OP or anyone else who uses the term "crash bar" is a lousy name, even though it seems to be an industry standard.
Crash bars are not designed to cause a crash. The bars are designed to protect and really the only they seem to protect is the engine.
OK enough nitpicking...
With bag and engine guards together they work most of the time and reduce, for the most part, damage to the plastic. On one occasion, on a sloped parking lot, the bike actually went over so far and hard that it pivoted over on the bars and scuffed the bags, mirror and an upper plastic piece. $700.00 in paint repairs including the little chrome strip on the bag.Would like to hear any reports or stories good or bad regarding crashbars you had on your bike and had a tip over, crash, wreck any type of incident where crash bars saved the bike from major damage or made the incident worse.