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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-31-2018, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Engine Guards - Yay or Nay?

I've been looking at engine guards lately.

Is it really useful?

Does it ruin the look of the bike or it actually does make the bike look cool?

Do I need it?

Need some suggestions and tips

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I've been looking at engine guards lately.

Is it really useful?

Does it ruin the look of the bike or it actually does make the bike look cool?

Do I need it?

Need some suggestions and tips

Thanks and cheers!
Answered in order:
  1. It can be yes, especially if you lay down your bike.
  2. Thats a personal choice, personally I think they look horrible, but thats my opinion.
  3. Thats up to you and your level of comfort and riding experience. It can't really hurt anything.
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my personal opinions: its only useful if you lay down the bike, can save on higher priced damage.
I think it changes the look of the bike (not in a good way to me)
No you don't need it. it's more of your choice, and/or piece of mind
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I'm loving them. Took me a minute to accept them, but they're here to stay. I throw my legs up on there for stretching out, which made this little bike a LOT more comfortable! I like the way they look too. Well worth it, because my rear is so busy and big, with luggage, needed something to add more mass to the front. Still need more, so maybe some windshield or something, maybe taller bars... Shipped arrived in 3 days from Thailand.
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my personal opinions: its only useful if you lay down the bike, can save on higher priced damage.
I think it changes the look of the bike (not in a good way to me)
No you don't need it. it's more of your choice, and/or piece of mind
I agree. That radiator is pretty vulnerable sticking out the sides like that. I don't plan on dropping, but when I do, I just saved myself a lot of trouble by not leaking all my water-cooling-coolant out. These H2C crashbars protect the living mist out of that vulnerable radiator. It was worth it for the peace of mind for me, and the highway legrest is an added bonus.

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I call them 'Crush Bars' - will not help in a crash, might pin your leg to the bike when they collapse from impact - so not good for crash, but good for mounting highway pegs or fog lights. Also good if your bike falls over.

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I call them 'Crush Bars' - will not help in a crash, might pin your leg to the bike when they collapse from impact - so not good for crash.
The bike would crush your leg if you DIDN'T have them there! I call them, "ANTI-CRUSH-BARS".

I'd reckon it's a lot more likely to get a leg stuck under a bike laying flat on its side, than one-inch of round-bar holding the entire bike up 8-inches crushing your leg. I can't imagine any situation where one's leg would be that far forward.

Have you ever heard of any injuries that were worsened because of crash-bars? Any evidence? Thanks.
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The bike would crush your leg if you DIDN'T have them there! I call them, "ANTI-CRUSH-BARS".

I'd reckon it's a lot more likely to get a leg stuck under a bike laying flat on its side, than one-inch of round-bar holding the entire bike up 8-inches crushing your leg. I can't imagine any situation where one's leg would be that far forward.

Have you ever heard of any injuries that were worsened because of crash-bars? Any evidence? Thanks.
Thin tube sticking out the side of the bike will be the first thing to collapse. I don't believe I could predict any particular thing that could or could not happen during a crash - can you?

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Crash bars are dangerous ? Duane Ausherman BMW motorcycles

https://www.hg.org/article.asp?id=31124

https://www.quora.com/Do-crash-bars-...s-are-the-best

https://www.yourerielawyers.com/Libr...ycle_Study.pdf

"Hurt Report"

"Crash bars have the prospect of protecting the lower limbs in the event of
collision with another vehicle, or during a fall to the roadway. The regions of
the body most likely to be involved are the somatic regions of the thigh (T),
knee (K), lower leg (L), and ankle-foot (9). In the 900 accident cases, there
were 1321 discrete injuries to these "protectable" regions. Table 6.12.3 shows the
distribution of these individual injuries to the protectable regions, for the 900
motorcycles with and without crash bars. The motorcycles equipped with crash bars
(16.1%) accounted for a" equivalent share (17.9%) of the injuries to those regions
of the body that are assumed to be protectable by crash bars. Consequently, no
advantage is obvious from the use of crash bars."

https://www.msgroup.org/Tip.aspx?Num=023

etc.

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The best advice is "don't crash"
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