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Home made crash pads.

Versys panel crash pads.
My Versys slid down the road at over 30mph and suffered amazingly little damage. The 2 plastic panels, see photo, were scratched and deeply scored in a very small area.
I have repaired and filled the panels and I am now ready to paint them.
BUT. How about if I fix 2 plastic shaped flat-sheets over the 2 areas that were scratched instead of painting. Therefore if the bike goes down again it will wear out the pads and not the panels. Where they go flat sheet is fine, there is only a one dimension curve.
Question is. what material and how to fix it to the faring panels since depending on the material gluing may not work strongly enough.
Years ago I had a Honda CBR1000F which had 2 crash-pads on each side built in to the fairing. I regret to say I tested them and they worked, so the idea's good.

Any ideas and suggestions guys?
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My suggestion is don't slide your Versys down the road anymore. (I know, I'm a smart a$$)
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I can't get a visual on this. I imagine a pillow strapped to either side of the tank. You have a picture of one on some other bike?
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How about a frame slider that attaches at the lower bolt hole on the plastic pieces. I used the bar end weights on a 1" steel spacer plus I have crash bars. The bar end weights came off when I installed handguards. I had to do somthing with them.
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How about a frame slider that attaches at the lower bolt hole on the plastic pieces. I used the bar end weights on a 1" steel spacer plus I have crash bars. The bar end weights came off when I installed handguards. I had to do somthing with them.
Interesting idea...got any photos? Love to see them.


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Here you go Bones..

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I know I could just fit crash bars but I am obsessed with keeping the bike light, that is the main reason I bought the Versys. My previous Yamaha Superten was fitted with mega protection and numerous customised extras but the weight just climbed to the point where I had to have something lighter and more manageable. (Anno Domini)
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I think a frame slider in this location would work well if the correct bolt and size slider were utilized. Using the bar end weights are IMHO not the best thing to used. If a solid piece was machined to fit and the correct hardned bolt was utilized this would work great. The bar end weights are about the right size as they stick out just pass the turn signals. We need to get Speddy on this....
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For technical reasons the original idea of the carbon fibre pads didn't work out. I won't bore you with the chapter of incompetence.
When I get round to it I am going to make them from sheet aluminium and smaller so they dont need double curvature.
My very heavy-duty handguards keep the bike well off the ground when it is on its side, which is why I got so little damage in the crash. I have refixed them stronger and angled a little better to keep the bike even more off its panels if I throw it down the road again.
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For technical reasons the original idea of the carbon fibre pads didn't work out. I won't bore you with the chapter of incompetence.
When I get round to it I am going to make them from sheet aluminium and smaller so they dont need double curvature.
My very heavy-duty handguards keep the bike well off the ground when it is on its side, which is why I got so little damage in the crash. I have refixed them stronger and angled a little better to keep the bike even more off its panels if I throw it down the road again.
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...maybe laying down gently would be more beneficial.


















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Yes not a scratch. That was last September.
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