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Just tried out my Pat Walsh bars this morning. Tried doing a U turn on a narrow road with a steep uphill grade and dropped it. Stupid move. Fortunately I made a smart move months back by putting the Walsh guards on. Moving slow but the bike fell hard because of the grade. Left signal front signal trashed. Givi E21 bag scuffed. Clutch lever end scuffed but not broken. Crash bars scuffed a bit but don't appear to have been bent. Ego bruised. Plastic untouched. Shift lever unbent. My only issue with these bars is that they sometimes "sing" at 6K. Based on today's "adventure", I can live with that.
 

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Drove bikes all through Asia, across India, and as a kid in Montreal (where we have very bad drivers and roads) and surrounding area; never dropped one on my own like this before; long story short, I did with my vstrom, at night, on a bad, country road corner which apparently had some gravel on the side that I just did not see. I did this with my new (200 mis.?) Metzeler Tourrances (maybe still too new on the edges?); also embarrassed; it was night (which I usually try and avoid riding on country roads) and I had not yet put the new PIAA 1100 bulbs I planned to install yet but

- did have the SW Motech engine guards. They did nothing. Had to replace one blue and the black cowling etc.

Another failed item was a Quebec-made LaMartine motorcycle jacket. It didn't even scuff, but my arm was ripped open from the inside of the jacket's rough material.

I bought a Joe Rocket Alter Ego and Hepco & Becker engine guards (still need to install the latter ) and hopefully will not be testing either of them...

The Givi racks for my side bags (side luggage was not on - top bag is ruined). Anyway these saved the back end of the bike completely. They should advertise this. They, unlike the engine guards did not bend at all!

Contacted Twisted Throttle who offered 25% on a new set of SW Motech engine guards only. The shop who did the work said not to bother...

Contacted LaMartine (twice); they never acknowledged the e-mail. Don't buy this jacket. It should be outlawed. My Levi jeans did a far better job...
 

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martin_montreal said:
The Givi racks for my side bags (side luggage was not on - top bag is ruined). Anyway these saved the back end of the bike completely. They should advertise this. They, unlike the engine guards did not bend at all!

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I always ride with my Givi side luggage in place. It seems to me, the combination of the luggage and racks are a tremendous safety feature. (Better to crush the side luggage than my leg).

I also always ride with the E52 top rack in place. For two reasons - the brake light and (my opinion), it gives the bike a greater 'mass', making it more visible to traffic.

- Tom
 

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Exactly why I didn't go with the removable racks for my Wee Strom. I'd rather scrape the bags than the bike. When I highsided last fall the cowling took a few minor scrapes, as did the hand guards (I'm sure they protected the levers) and the right side luggage has more than a few scrapes that I can live with

TomX said:
I always ride with my Givi side luggage in place. It seems to me, the combination of the luggage and racks are a tremendous safety feature. (Better to crush the side luggage than my leg).

I also always ride with the E52 top rack in place. For two reasons - the brake light and (my opinion), it gives the bike a greater 'mass', making it more visible to traffic.

- Tom
 

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Good to hear a testing of the Pat Walsh crash bars. I actually mean, good to hear that they worked! Last Thursday I had an almost identical lay down. I was on gravel turning around and got sucked in to the uphill grade where it also turned out to be sand. I couldn't have been going more than 3-5mph but went down very quick, no real chance to save myself. I have been saving up for the Pat Walsh set up and am less than a month away from ordering. Damn. My damage consisted of a broken left turn signal (of course) and scratches to the fairing. Most are on the sticker, but there are a few below the sticker. I KNOW the crash bars would have saved that. Everything else wasn't damaged in the least. I realize I got off easy for my first inevitable lay down, but the paint was the last thing I wanted damaged as it is the hardest to replace. Lesson learned and no more gravel for me til I get armoured up!!!
 
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