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post #1 of 34 Old 09-26-2010, 02:21 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone installed sliders?

My alternative thread starter was....... I'm looking for training wheels!

First ride out, I almost drop her with nothing more spectacular then coming to a stop on my driveway. Kept her up but it took all the power I can muster and I'm big enough to muster a lot.

Second ride out. Started in second grear, down I go on the left side. An hour later, a tiny bit off balance, down I go on the right side. Brake lever and turn signal now hate me.

As for Givi crash bars.....

Has anyone installed sliders? I'm not trying to save the crash bars. 5 bucks of spray paint takes care of those. What I'm trying to save is the mirrors/levers/turn signals. On the other hand, the sliders transfer a lot more shock to the frame and I wonder if they are going to act like a pivot point and then I can lose precious upper plastic/windshields?

Any thoughts?
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Here's my setup. SW-Motech old style crash bars and SV-Racing sliders. It was tested once at 20mph. It cost me $32 for a slider puck, $16 for a handguard and $23 for Emgo mirrors. Even with the bar end stuff getting rashed, there wasn't a mark on the cowling and the turn signals survived.


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Here's my setup. SW-Motech old style crash bars and SV-Racing sliders. It was tested once at 20mph. It cost me $32 for a slider puck, $16 for a handguard and $23 for Emgo mirrors. Even with the bar end stuff getting rashed, there wasn't a mark on the cowling and the turn signals survived.

Do you have a closer shot? How far out do they extend?

I do NOT have a lot of experience but I am kind of surprised how fast she goes down. I haven't ridden for almost FOUR DECADES, but still, I don't remember my old BSA wanting to take a nap so often. She was a pyromaniac, but not a napper. Is this more then usual then other bikes, or is it just me?
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Please, please, please, PLEASE take an MSF course and/or get some professional coaching before you damage yourself.

The bike doesn't need more protection -- you need to rebuild your skills ASAP.

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Please, please, please, PLEASE take an MSF course and/or get some professional coaching before you damage yourself.

The bike doesn't need more protection -- you need to rebuild your skills ASAP.
+1 on that. I returned to riding about 2 1/2 years ago after a 30+ year gap. I took the MSF course just to see if I actually wanted to get back into riding (and of course it only fueled the desire, but I learned a lot as well). The first time I test rode my Strom, I nearly dropped it in the owner's driveway. Nearly had it tip over a couple of times after that, but then learned, "This is not a bicycle. Put your leg out wider to hold it up!" Haven't had a tip over since. Well, except for that one time in the driveway when I grabbed the front brake at low speed turning around. Controlled set down, scraped handguard. Sore leg muscle. Once they start to go, you might as well just get out of the way because you're more likely to hurt yourself trying to keep them upright.

But yeah, get some instruction/practice before you do any real damage to yourself or the bike.

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I have Sliders...

Blair at SV Racing, search this site, sells a GREAT set of frame and swingarm sliders.

I have a set on my V-Strom along with the Pat Walsh crash bars.

They have saved my plastic from damage in drops just like you described.

One really cool feature of this set-up is that the Pat Walsh bars come with highway pegs.

I can put the back of my leg on top of the frame sliders and rest my feet on the highway pegs and I get total leg weight support in a forward position.

Great alternative leg position when on a long ride.

Awesome.
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Please, please, please, PLEASE take an MSF course and/or get some professional coaching before you damage yourself.

The bike doesn't need more protection -- you need to rebuild your skills ASAP.
Indeed. I should have said that. The learning process is best done on a smaller bike and involve people who know how to coach new or returning riders. See the tips at *All Things Motorcycle* too. Most likely you are looking down. Keep your eyes looking ahead on the line you want to go. Look down, go down.


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First ride out, I almost drop her with nothing more spectacular then coming to a stop on my driveway.

Any thoughts?
Keep your eyes on something on the horizon when you come to a stop.Too bad that isn't part of the MSF curriculum. Works like a charm. Got that info here, not at the MSF course. Haven't dropped it once since I learned that.

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Do the Givi bars cover the mounting point for the SVRacingParts frame sliders? I think so.

Keeping the eyes up IS part of the MSF Basic Rider Course. That doesn't mean the particular RiderCoach taught it, nor taught it effectively. Eyes up is even part of the scoring for the evaluation for the license waiver.

Spartan, how about hiring a motorcycle riding coach for a couple of hours or enroll in an intermediate riding course where you ride your bike and cover the basic riding maneuvers in one day? Different states and different riding schools may have different names for the course.

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I think the SVRacing sliders will work with Givis if they are trimmed a bit at the inside end. Check with Blair at [email protected]

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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