Last Saturday went for a ride to Newnes NSW via Wolgan Rd, Wolgen Valley.
Leaving a private property at Wolgan Valley near Newnes, heading towards main gate on the flowing 4WD tracks. Getting cocky trying to spin the rear wheel in mud ruts and as we were nearing the gate I went to change rut as I though I would take over the rut my brother was following and took a spill. Back wheel went quick and the bike fell on the left side. - 4:30 into video.
Not a big drop, just a slide to the left. I shut the engine immediately and picked the bike up. The ground was pretty soft and this prevented a hard impact but even so the GIVI Crash Bars,Suzuki handguards and centre stand all did an excellent job of preventing any damage. Bike suffered no damage at all. :thumbup:
Looking back, the bike would have hit the bodywork and tank hard if it wasn't for the Givi crash bars. Also the OEM centre stand and rear passenger foot peg mount provided good protection as well. Apart from the hand guard and clutch mount twisting there was no damage to the clutch at all.
After clearing the dirt out and readjusting the lever mount, hand guard and mirror I was able to continue the 3 hour journey home without any issues.
I know it wasn't really a big drop, but the piece of mind offered by the crash bars makes them a must accessory on the V-strom. Like a skid plate, any riders who do any Adventure riding should make sure to have crash bars fitted. :yesnod: