The foam material in these is different from the traditional crossbar pads it is much more durable and provides more cushion. This one doesn't go around the crossbar instead you remove the crossbar and it sits down over your handlebar mounts. This will perhaps give more flex in the bars?
Some may read this comment and laugh at my review because it is based on my failure to confirm the diameter of the pad opening relative to the diameter of my bar. I received it and I'm sure it would work well on the right type of bars. On my XR250R, the pad ended up being floppy as my bar diameter was too small for the pad to fit. It went back and instead I purchased the round supercross pad- fits like a glove.
Never had issue with other Renthal products that I use but this is the second pad I bought and the material split by itself not from damage. on first ride . The material looks shiny but brittle maybe I received an older one I should have sent back but haven't. Not sure if my experience is rare I would like to follow up on my initial review. I ended up contacting RM and they took my concerns seriously and in fact encouraged me to have them look into the issue. I sent RM pictures of the pad and they again reached out to me to ask what they could do to resolve, they promptly sent me a replacement pad at no charge. I was very happy with their level of commitment they showed to ensure I was happy with the product and their customer service they strive to give to every customer. I can’t be more impressed and will continue to look to RM for all my future motorcycle products.
Really nice pad and cover. It didn't quite fit my fatbar mounts but with a little measuring and cutting I got it to fit just right... And no one will even notice. Far better pad than the original I had.
The pad is great, putting it on, on the other hand is not so great. Its a pain to get the velcro around and under the bars, especially with big hands. Once its on though, its on good and isnt going anywhere.