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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-14-2009, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
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Top-block sliders for the V

Hi guys,

After that I had a stupid fall with my brand new V on the second day (sad, I know) and I had to pay 2.000 $ for repairs (who knew that those plastics things were so expensive?) I decided to install sliders on the beast.
That wasn't an easy thing since the original kawa sliders for the V are almost unfindable and I didn't like the crash bars, so I kept searching and finally I found that a french company called top-block is making protective accessories and there is slider for the V that is mount between the frame and the motor, meaning that if someone falls (not me please) the frame will not be bend. So I got a set for 160 euros (around 210$) and this morning I went to my mechanic to install them.
They look good on the V and they are really massive.

I will upload some pics in a couple of days

And I want to tell all the new owners that installing sliders/crash bars should be the first thing you do when you got your bike.

Drive safe ;-)
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What parts did you damage...that seems awfully expensive? We were looking at what it would cost to purchase parts to make one black and it was less than $1,500 including the gas tank.

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Very cool look!!!

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I live in Israel and ALL vehicles and parts are twice the price that in the US

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That sucks...I scratched my right cowling and the replacement is only $141. Hopefully it won't happen to either of us again!!!

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some pics

some pics of the slider
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What worries me about these, and many other sliders, is that they attach to a frame mount that has a known history of cracking (Kawasaki have a dealer note out for it IIRC).
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al,
as you can see on the pic from the right this slider is mount between the frame and the engine so it supposed not to crack/bend the frame.
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I will stick with my HB bars, but those are the nicest looking sliders I have seen.

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Hi Oren, welcome to the forum.

Those sliders look good, but I am not sure they will do what you expect them to. Have you read the different threads here and on the international forum about sliders and crash bars? Sliders work only as a last resort protection, usually designed to prevent frame (and if well designed) radiator damage. I doubt it'll protect your tank and plastics in most crashes. At least you should be thankful to the Kawasaki distributor in Israel for not carrying the Kawasaki sliders. Those truly suck, some members had them break in a minor garage drop...

Like the esteemed gentleman from GA, I'd recommend crash bars if you are worried about dropping the bike. IMHO, the Hepco-Becker bars offer the best protection.

Of course, if you learn from that previous drop, you'll never get to test the sliders or any crash bar, and that is much, much better...

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