Author Topic: A reminder why engine/frame/radiator guards are important.  (Read 4160 times)

GymkhanaDog

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A reminder why engine/frame/radiator guards are important.
« on: October 06, 2012, 06:40:12 PM »
Trying to get the hang of the 180 degree turn with my new bike after fighting with 8's for a while, first time out practicing with the SV. I was hot, worn out and down she goes. No damage except for a slightly tweaked clutch lever, but they're a dime a dozen. Thank you, Motosliders, for protecting my big ol' goofy wide radiator and shift lever. Not to mention my tank and tail section. Without a pair of even simple sliders like I have, it looks like I would have damaged the radiator, tank and tail section.

Our Japanese brethren have some outstanding frame protectors for the sport; Sport Bumpers as they're known, but they are prohibitively expensive at about $700 USD for the cheapest pair I've found (That's a third of what I paid for my bike! Or half of a month's rent. Or nearly all my monthly bills added up. Ugh, stupid bills.). I'm actually currently working with a local cart racer and fabricator buddy of mine to begin making some US-made sport bumpers for just this reason.

But for now, we work with what we have. MotoSliders make an outstanding product and in one down they've already paid for themselves in prevented damage.

This is a screen capture from the video of the incident. It is so sad to see a bike on it's side like this. It's like seeing a turtle on its back, waving those tiny little feet around. Yes, I'm strange, I know.

« Last Edit: October 06, 2012, 06:53:57 PM by GymkhanaDog »

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Re: A reminder why engine/frame/radiator guards are important.
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2012, 04:21:52 AM »
Stunt Cages are about the nearest thing you have in the US to sports bumpers, but these are made mainly for 4 cylinder machines, not twins.


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Re: A reminder why engine/frame/radiator guards are important.
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2012, 08:52:11 PM »
Too bad, I'd like some better protection.  I'll keep looking and hoping...
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