A week ago (prior to joining this forum) I dropped my Versys (yes, my brand new Versys).
I was in my driveway, I lost my footing, the bike got away from me at 0 mph.
Funny part is I hurt myself (pulled a muscle jumping out of the way) far more than the bike got hurt.
The bike has one minor scratch on the left handlebar tip.
So I can sigh in relief but I'm not more than a little self conscious about paddling the bike around in my driveway and/or coasting at low speeds.
Regardless I need to start thinking about a few things:
1 - add utility (and protection): meaning bags. I am looking at the Kawasaki bags and they are about 600 bucks. They look stylish, but in case of a fall, would they protect the bike? Also they look stylish but the seem a bit ... impractical. Maybe I'm wrong. My question is: what kind of bags (if any) are you guys using?
2 - add protection (to the bike): I'm thinking about this:
Has anyone looked into it? is it any good? The cowling of the engine survived miraculously unscathed ... this time. I don't know about next time (hopefully there won't be a next time, but you never know).
3 - add protection (to me and the bike): hand guards. Of all the body parts exposed to the wind, my hands are those suffering the most even with good gloves. Again, I am looking at the Kawasaki hand guards and they look OK to me. Are they good in protecting form the wind? Also, In case I lowside and/or drop the bike again (you never know!!!) Would they work in protecting the handlebars from hitting the ground? What hand guards (if any) are you using?