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Angry I crash-tested by Hepco-Becker crash bars this morning

I low-sided my 2012 on the way in to work. I was coming around a fun little right-hander and I think I got into the part of the tire that hadn't been scrubbed yet (still almost new with less than 500km on the bike) and the bike just slid out from under me.

Three small scratches on my knee, some skin loss on my right elbow where I landed on it (I guess I should put that armor back in). The worst is that somehow my left thumb got pulled somehow, and is quite sore. I came in to work and got an ice pack from first aid and got my scrapes cleaned and patched. I might have to go home, though, before my thumb swells to the point I can't get my glove back on.

The good news is that the H&B crash bars did their job well. The crash bar got worn down pretty well but it saved all the plastic and the engine case from damage. The right hand guard is a little rashed, but almost not noticeable. The spool I had on the swingarm protected it from damage. My trunk got a bit of rash on the side, too.

Worst damage was to the right footpeg bracket which broke leaving the footpeg hanging. Brake lever is bent, too. Fortunately I don't really need the rear brake and I can rest my foot on the crash bar so the bike is still rideable.

The bottom line is that once I replace the broken bits you would be hard-pressed to even tell the bike had been down.

I'll see if I can upload some pics later.
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Yep they saved my bike from a bunch of damage when i got hit by a car. This is what i used to touch ot up. Got it at Wal-Mart... http://www.google.com/shopping/produ...ed=0CE0Q8wIwAA Didn't sand it just hit it once with the paint..


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I don't really know how much this helps but I have an old wood file I inherited from someone. I use it to rough up the edges of my new tires. Sure takes the shine off and I don't suppose it really hurts the tires.
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Never trusted the stock tires when the road was wet. Best thing i did was swap them out for the Michelin PR3's

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Never trusted the stock tires when the road was wet. Best thing i did was swap them out for the Michelin PR3's

Next on my to-do list.


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Glad both you and bike aren't worse off than you are, imagine if a car was coming at just that time. I would never trust my tires again if that happened, even if it was a fluke my confidence in them would be gone.

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first of all, I'm glad you are ok and I hope that your left Thumb will heal soon.

I too never ever trusted the stock tires and ordered PR3 to have the piece of mind ...(same for H&B, spools, barkbusters which are the best investment to start with)..

I'm curious though if all brand new tires (including PR3) would have the same behavior before they sit in etc....


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first of all, I'm glad you are ok and I hope that your left Thumb will heal soon.

I too never ever trusted the stock tires and ordered PR3 to have the piece of mind ...(same for H&B, spools, barkbusters which are the best investment to start with)..

I'm curious though if all brand new tires (including PR3) would have the same behavior before they sit in etc....


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Riding at or near the limits of tire adhesion is just that.
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Mate of mine (who has used both) reckons PR2's are better than PR3's. I have never tried either.
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Doh!
Maybe save the spirited cornering for the ride home?
Cold tires plus cold pavement has put a lot of riders on the ground.
Hope the thumb is alright and glad to hear it wasn't worse.
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Here are a couple photos of the damage. Once I replace the footpeg, bracket, brake lever and the brake cylinder (I am fairly certain the piston rod is bent) the damage is mostly to the crash bar. I will pull it off, clean it up and either re-paint or powder coat it. It will still be visibly affected, but won't look like crap at least.
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Is that bike standing upright as cant see any oil in your glass?
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That rear tire looks low to me...What psi are you running?

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Hi Weljo, I don't want to highjack this treath but I was wodering the PSI that I should maintain when I have a top case (Givi 450 simply) and a tail bag (nelson rigg 39L)? will that justify the increase to 40 PSI ?

by the way my weight is 97kg


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Hi Weljo, I don't want to highjack this treath but I was wodering the PSI that I should maintain when I have a top case (Givi 450 simply) and a tail bag (nelson rigg 39L)? will that justify the increase to 40 PSI ?

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I low-sided my 2012 on the way in to work. I was coming around a fun little right-hander and I think I got into the part of the tire that hadn't been scrubbed yet (still almost new with less than 500km on the bike) and the bike just slid out from under me.
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Oh, ouch! I would think that the tires would be broken in by 500km (300 miles). Was it really cold out? any sign of sand on the pavement?
I hope your thumb heals.

I've been down twice on my V, both mostly my error. The first time I wasn't paying attention (and riding too fast and not looking at the pavement) and highsided on a right hander after hitting gravel on the pavement. The second was on brand new (zero miles) tires, way overinflated by the dealer, on cold pavement (low 30's F), lowsided on a left turn, under power, just out of my driveway! I took a wire brush to the tires after that, to get the "glaze" off. Then went to a parking lot and scrubbed the tires in by riding tight circles, leaned way over, at moderate to low speeds.
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Mate of mine (who has used both) reckons PR2's are better than PR3's. I have never tried either.
The 3s are better in the wet because they have more siping. If you're going to ride aggressively, you might consider Pilot Powers.

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