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Offline retmotor

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On It's Side
« on: March 17, 2018, 05:14:56 AM »
If you've ever stayed awake at night wondering what touches the ground when the bike is on it's side (and you have hard bags mounted and you don't have an engine guard (yet))...

This pic is for you:


Now you can rest peacefully.

You can't see it here, but the rear tire is a good 4" off the ground.

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Re: On It's Side
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2018, 09:18:09 AM »
OUCH!  :087:

Was it parked on the gravel, or did you have a fall?  I hope there is no real damage.  :003:
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Re: On It's Side
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2018, 09:25:15 AM »
Hmmm! Think I'll leave the panniers on full time now .

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Re: On It's Side
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2018, 12:45:47 PM »
Thanks for sharing. Once I get my bash plate on (today or tomorrow) I was going to lay my bike down on a blanket to see what actually hits the ground on a drop. I am not worried about a drop but I do want to mitigate as much damage as possible so I can still get home. I plan on doing many solo adventures since my wife just bought a cruiser (Vulcan S) and she isn't the adventure type. This pic shows I really should get the hard cases I plan on (SW-Motech TRAX ADV 37 litre) and leave them on.
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Re: On It's Side
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2018, 03:35:29 PM »
Soft cases work fine too.  I didn't take any pictures of the bike under the bush...

The handlebars take a pretty good hit when the bike goes over.  A cross brace on the handlebar is needed for off roading.  I have a bent handlebar and a replacement handlebar that has the cross brace built in.  I'm currently using the bent one as it is slightly more comfortable.
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Re: On It's Side
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2018, 04:54:52 PM »
As the handlebars hit the ground one likely problem is a broken lever.
That alone could prevent getting home, one consideration is to fit shorty levers, which have a better chance of surviving a low speed drop.

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Re: On It's Side
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2018, 05:59:46 PM »
The bike is fine. I dimpled the case just the tiniest bit. You have to look for it to see it.  I'm not overly worried about the appearance. The PO neglected the hell out of this this bike and I'm going to try to do BDRs with it (wish me luck).  Still, if I was smart, I would have grabbed the old truck bed mat to lay it over on.

I laid it down while a buddy was here to see if I could pick it up. His wife looked horrified, hehe..


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Re: On It's Side
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2018, 07:32:26 PM »
*Originally Posted by Samsgrandad [+]
As the handlebars hit the ground one likely problem is a broken lever.
That alone could prevent getting home, one consideration is to fit shorty levers, which have a better chance of surviving a low speed drop.
That is what the BarkBusters are for. The backbone of those is pretty hefty.
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Re: On It's Side
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2018, 08:35:20 PM »
And in the states it is completely legal to make your own shorties out of the OEM levers.  See clutch lever:
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Re: On It's Side
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2018, 10:54:44 PM »

As well as the Rally Raid Engine Protection/Sump Guard I also fitted R&G Engine Case Covers.  They are made from polypropylene and designed to help protect your engine cases from damage when falling over. 

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