Grats on the 950!
BTW the disclaimer is there for the morons who cannot figure out that a 1 inch tube will be the end all to keeping their leg attached should they swipe a car at 60+mph. You know the same idiots that were able to sue tobacco companies because they weren’t smart enough to figure out smoking was bad for them……..
Is always why they are now PC’d named highway bars. Think of “highway” bars as the bumpers on modern day cars. If you ever walk through the dealership, and have never before looked, you will see on the sale slip on the window “Bumper is rated to safely absorb impact up to 23 mph collision” in other words…. other then a parking lot scrape the bumper is cosmetic…half of them are filled with styrofoam.
Highway “crash bars” do the same thing. In the parking lot or a slow drop it will protect your legs and gas tank from getting ding’d and dented. Faster speeds …say avg city speed limits it can buy you time to get out from under the bike before it fails and leaves you pinned between the motor and the road. Anything Higher then that though…. why would anyone think these would save them. I have seen some instances where they have survived a highway speed beeting from random animals and such, but that is more attributed to the luck of impact point rather then the integrity of the bar.
Also look at it really good. The most basic mounting points are on the front of the frame….. typical D bends back around to the bottom of the frame and bolts up to some where near the foot controls. No front to back impact stability at all…. you would need a third mounting point minimally for this.
In summary…. parking lots, in town speeds etc. All good….. anything past 20 30 mph…wishfull thinking. I have highway bars on my V900 and love the looks and functionality of them. It did help save me from some damage when a car did a brake check at an intersection (apparently changed her mind on going straight) I had to quickly make a turn closer to a curb then I intended which also contained a mailbox. Actually in thinking…whish I had highway bars on the horses I rode too…lol…. woulda saved me from a nasty bruise when a barrel racing horse decided to go around a fence post a touch more tighter then I intended…… anyway. But yea yu can mount forward foot controls on them, extra lights for safety, even companies likes scootworks offers leather covers for cold weather rides to help get the wind off your legs.