Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southern Oregon
I just shipped a pair of handguards back to cyclegear.com, they were the type with the aluminum bar running from the end of the grip to an articulating bracket by the mirror mount. I could not get them mounted in a way that they did not bang into the dash at full turn of the handlebars, so I gave up on installing them. I rode over to motorcycleusa yesterday and picked up some Moose Racing spring loaded guards, they mount only by the mirror mount, so I'm hoping they will be OK. I also picked up a frame slider, used, here, and installed it the other night. I don't know yet how protective it will be in a tip over. I had Givi guards on the 07 DL1000, and when it did tip over in the parking lot, one or both of two things happened, the guard got bent right into the bodywork, damaging it, or it broke the weld on the guard, vibrating and rattling until it was pulled, bent back to shape, and re-welded. It seems, if the bike tips, or falls, there will be some maintenance or parts replacement or repair anyway. I have my bike sitting on a old piece of carpet in the garage, maybe when I have a friend over, we'll gently lay it down on it's side, at least to see what part(s) contact the ground first.