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post #1 of 13 Old 05-18-2012, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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Sliders vs Crash bars

If you don't do any off-road riding, can sliders be a good alternative to crash bars?
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Yea to a certain degree... At parking lot speeds sliders are fine... I have seem them get ripped off a bike on several occasians at 30+mph. Crash bars I dont know much about but they seem like they would fair better at higher speeds. I would just go with the crash bars IMO. They look cool and also serve as a farkle mounting point (extra running or fog lights and highway pegs)

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OK, Thanks. I guess I'll go with Hepco&Becker, 'cause they get the best reviews here in terms of lack of vibration.
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My 2009 came from the PO with very nice crash bars. But I couldn't get into the look, and didn't care for the weight either. I replaced them with Blair's sliders from SVRacing. I'm happy with the change. The key is to never use the bars or the sliders!

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Another practical thing about the crash bars is that you can use highway pegs with them which is kinda useful on a long ride IMHO.
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I low sided at 20mph with sliders and the old SW-Motech Crash bars. The crash bar had a barely visible paint scuff about the size of a pinky fingernail tip. The slider puck, hand guard and mirror had to be replaced. I use the sliders as highway pegs.

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Greywolf, do you think your crash bars remained almost intact 'cause the sliders hit the ground first and absorbed the initial slide?
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Greywolf, do you think your crash bars remained almost intact 'cause the sliders hit the ground first and absorbed the initial slide?
I'm sure of it.

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I low sided at 20mph with sliders and the old SW-Motech Crash bars. The crash bar had a barely visible paint scuff about the size of a pinky fingernail tip. The slider puck, hand guard and mirror had to be replaced. I use the sliders as highway pegs.
Yup, me too. You can hook your calf over the sliders for a change in position at a third of the price.
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Yup, me too. You can hook your calf over the sliders for a change in position at a third of the price.
I guess it depends on the length of your legs. My inseam is 34" and resting my calves on the sliders without supporting my feet is not comfy at all.

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