I was asked recently about the highway pegs and supporting the bike in a crash. Notice they are mounted in reverse of the OEM instructions. For good reason, my old 07 went down a couple times, those highway pegs are designed to support your legs and feet, sideways force will bend them, also the bike is top heavy, if it's on it's side , you are picking up 90% of the bike weight until the rubber touches the ground, a two person job. I reverse mounted my highway pegs as the crash bars are just that, for crashes. I use those highway pegs 90% of my riding time. I couldn't ride for more than a hour without them!!SW Motech crash bars / Highway pegs
Trekker cases with a rear cross brace
Look closely, a cross brace between racking, same level as side reflectors
And I have learned that as a new geezer to be extra careful at the end of a ride. It seems its when Im most vulnerable to mental mistakes and balance issues. Maybe Im tired and let my guard down. Unlike the start of a day ride when Im zoned in where I should be but not so much at the end of a day riding.Lesson learned? Yup - don't get "cute" while doing a minor maintenance job!