And all this time I thought those bars were just for mounting extra lights, fairing lowers, and foot pegs.1. Do not expect "crash bars/engine protectors" to protect your engine in a crash. I call them 'oops' bars. Great for when you drop your bike in the parking lot, but......
Approaching 300K on a GS850 would say differentThe problem with motors that have the cylinders on top of the motor... they don't last as long.
I consider the term "crash" bar as misleading. Great for when you leave your kickstand up in the parking lot, but in an actual crash, YRMV!...My general approach to crashbars is - I'll always fit them if I can get them (bearing in mind the 'shin-splitter' design to be avoided, of course), as I've seen too many wrecked engines that would have been rideable if bars had been fitted.
It's never much fun waiting to be uplifted from the side of the road by the recovery truck; I'd rather be riding. Apart from that, engine repairs are expensive.