Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montreal & Laurentien mountains
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...
02 STROM - GIVI bags, Hepco guards, (SW Motech's failed), MP Cycle windshield (short & long), Metzler Tourances now Shinkos but they really wear Fast!!! relay & FIAMM horn; need to rebuild or SELL '79 Honda CB 750K in pieces; started in '77 on an RD400; keep & ride 1978 GS750E This year finally gave in and sold: 1978 XL250 for off-road (will miss) 1983 RZ350 (scary); 1974 CZ 250 (was never going to get to this), CADDY mobylette (just didn't need).