How to Install a Lindby Multibar on a Victory Vegas

by SusanVillasLewis

Add crash bars to your Victory Vegas bike in just an hour or two

I've been riding a motorcycle for a couple of years, but in many ways, I wouldn't call myself a highly skilled rider. Particularly when it comes to making tight turns required for those stupid figure eights you have to do to pass the test in the safety class.

I'm terrified of tipping over and hurting the bike and myself. (Probably in that order.) Not to mention, it's rather embarrassing to not be in control of your bike. But even more embarrassing when you can't get that bike back upright. Yes, I tend to think in terms of worst-case scenarios. Makes me better prepared to deal with the challenges thrown at me.

So on my last bike and this one, I installed crash bars. Highway bars. Engine guards. Whatever you want to call them. Any manufacturer is going to tell you they aren't specifically meant to protect in the case of a crash, but people still tend to refer to them as crash bars.

For my Victory Vegas 8-ball, I wanted something that worked with the lines of the bike, but also was black. Black, black, black. More chrome just would have looked odd. Which led me to the Lindby Multibar. I got mine at since they had the black powder-coated version, but you can also pick it up at Motorcycle Superstore, which is my online store of preference.

But when it came time to put the bars on the bike, I found all kinds of references and videos for other bikes, but nothing specific for the Vegas. And given the sheer number of questions I had going through the process, I thought I'd share what I did to help anyone else like me - mechanically handy, motorcycle dumb.

So here's how to install the Lindby Multibar on a Victory Vegas. Mine is a 2012 8-ball model.

Directions are clear enough, but no pictures!

Installation Instructions
Installation Instructions

Why Have Crash Bars on a Motorcycle?

Just a few of the reasons I like to have them on my bike

Protect Your Bike

  • Keeps the bike up off the ground if you happen to topple over. The back side is less protected, but the footpegs, engine, tank and headlamp should definitely be protected.

Protect You

  • If the bike can't go all the way to the ground, your leg is less likely to get trapped under the bike.


  • The Multibar has rubber sections on the tops meant for your feet. Stretch your legs out while your ride by propping your feet there rather than on the pegs. Other bars make it possible for you to add pegs on the sides for the same effect.

Pick Up Your Bike

  • If you've ever learned how to pick up your bike by walking it up, you know how much help it can be for the bike to already be a little bit up before you start.


The parts and pieces you get

The old pictures of the Lindbar show it as one piece, so I'm not sure entirely why they changed the structure and added the crossbar as an extra piece to install. My Cobra Fatty bars were all one piece and a dream to put on. But we get lots of extra steps here with the new Lindbar.

Now, having it as multiple pieces does mean it should be easier for one person to install by themselves. Except that it's far more convenient to have someone on the other side of the bike and pass the hex wrench back and forth when tightening everything up that to constantly be getting up and going to the other side of the bike.

So, when you lay everything out, you should find:

  • Bar - two side pieces, one cross piece
  • Two u brackets
  • Four short bolts, six small washers, two small nuts
  • Two long bolts, two large washers, two large nuts

What you don't get that you'll also need:

  • Hex wrench - depending on the bolt, I used anything from 10mm to 15mm
  • Spanner - again, depending on the bolt, anywhere from 10mm to 15mm
  • Two extra washers if you're anal like me :-)

Visual Walkthrough of Installation - Part 1

Parts received
Parts received
Two side bar pieces and one crossbar (not in picture)
Two side bar ...
Get on the ground to find the foot peg bolt
Get on the gr...
There it is!
There it is!
New bolt installed
New bolt inst...
Slide bar onto bolt and secure with nut
Slide bar ont...
Line up the top of the bar with the bike frame
Line up the t...
Attach with the u bracket
Attach with t...
The front bolt is a tight fit for tightening.
The front bol...
Halfway there!
Halfway there!

Step 1 - Foot Peg Bolt

Start by removing the foot peg bolt and putting the provided long, large bolt in its place. Include the large washer between the bolt and the hole.

I got confused about just which bolt I was supposed to remove and ended up watching a few videos and looking at pictures of other bikes until I was pretty sure I was taking out the right bolt. The whole "measure twice, cut once" thing.

This is the biggest bolt you'll be working with and I think I used a 13mm bit on it.

Step 2 - Attach Bar

There's a piece of the bar that is flat and sticks out at a 90-ish degree angle from the rest. You'll place the hole in the end of that piece over the long bolt you just inserted, then use the large nut to secure it.

This part is pretty simple once you've figured out which bolt to remove. You're just trying to get them screwed on well enough to hold them on there as you go through the rest of the process. Don't tighten them up too much!

Step 3 - Attach Top

Now it's time to attach the top part of the bar to the bike. What you're doing here is putting the u-bracket around the bike frame, then attaching the bar to the bracket with two screws. Easy peasy on the clutch side of the bike. Not so easy on the brake side.

I desperately wanted the bracket to go around the bar on the brake side. Tried every angle possible, but there just wasn't room for it to slide in there between the frame and the header pipe. Room for it to be in there, just not room to get it in there. So what you have to do is loosen the nuts for the header pipe so you can shift it back a bit and slide the bracket in. Those nuts aren't easy to get to; you'll definitely need an extension for your wrench to reach them. Space is tight and there are a thousand ways to scratch things up so take care.

As with the lower bolts, don't tighten these up just yet. Get them on there well enough to hold the bar on, but not tightened all the way.

Visual Walkthrough of Installation - Part 2

Dealing with the front header pipe
Dealing with ...
Sides on. Now need the middle piece.
Sides on. Now...
Good place for an extra set of hands.
Good place fo...
Job complete!
Job complete!

Step 4 - Crossbar

Time to connect the right and left sides with the crossbar piece. You'll be using the remaining short bolts and washers. This is where I ended up getting some extra washers so I could have one on each side so that it didn't matter from which direction I tightened the bolts.

We ended up having to use a spanner to hold the nut while we tightened the bolts. Otherwise, the bolt just kept spinning with the nut along for the ride. And the nut is really tight so I couldn't just hold it by hand.

I also struggled to get everything lined up correctly. I'd tighten one side and the other would slide down. Realized after I took a ride that I had actually gotten the bars on in a non-straight-across fashion, which contributed. Sigh.

Loosened everything up again and kept working it until I got it all straightened out.

Step 5 - Tighten

Work your way through the various bolts, tightening up each a little at time until you get them all properly tightened.

Says to manufacturers specs - not sure just which manufacturer they were talking about, but I assumed Victory since if they meant the bar manufacturer, well, that would be them. Basically, we just tightened things up securely, but not to any specific torque.

And we're done!

Enjoy your modded ride!
Enjoy your modded ride!
Updated: 06/20/2015, SusanVillasLewis
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Felix on 01/26/2016

Thanks great help instruction and photos and do and dont's you posted online. You was right the instructions by Lindby was terrible. I did minds bars on my Victory HighBall about 1 hour slowly and it was raining anyway lol. I was also able to slide the left upper bracket easy by loosen up the heat shield three screws.

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