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Crash bar field test

With the help of a jeep-owner backing out in front of me this morning, we were able to field test the H&B engine guards for a low-speed drop.

I had slowed down to almost zero by the time we went down. There was no contact with the other vehicle, but about 20 feet of skid mark from the rear tire, and a foot or so from the front.

I couldn't find any visible damage other than the crash bars themselves. The bike took a few cranks to fire up again, but I let her rest for a couple minutes, and she fired again on first try. I've ridden around the block a few times & everything seems smooth - no funny noises or weird behavior.

I couldn't even find any other parts of the bike that were scraped up by the pavement - not even the top box, front axle sliders, or handlebar ends. This was probably because the drop was on a downhill incline, & the bike sort of balanced itself on the crash bar at rest.

Anyways - just figured I'd post a couple of pics, because I bought the bars as a sort insurance policy, and this makes me think they were an excellent investment. I'm going to go ahead and speculate that I would have taken some damage without them.






Off topic: This was my first drop ever (3 bikes, 20+ years) - so I feel like I earned some kind of badge of experience today.

It was much harder to pick up the bike than I would have thought - I had to try a couple of times, then turn around & do it the squat-style like they show in the police rodeo videos.
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It may be that this incident just "paid" for your crash bars.

Glad you weren't hurt !
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that right there (plus my husband riding my bike) is why i really want to get crash bars, just got to keep saving up
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that right there (plus my husband riding my bike) is why i really want to get crash bars, just got to keep saving up
Yeah, I wanted to get them ASAP when I bought the bike. But I wanted to get the H&B's. They were hard to find, but I ended up getting them through the "Riders Discount" section of this forum from Accessories International. They give you a 5% discount for being on this forum. If you want the H&B's, order early - no one keeps them in stock anymore, & they had to get them shipped from Germany - which took about 3 weeks. The install was super-easy, though, taking about 30 min working slow.

kballowe - that's exactly what I was thinking !
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Yep i like the H/B's also. They saved a lot of damage to my bike as well as my leg when i got hit by a car.

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