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Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
« on: August 31, 2011, 01:50:21 pm »
Hi all

Just wondering ,
who has ...  and what protection you have for your C14
Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
thanks
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Re: Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2011, 01:58:51 pm »
Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
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Not until you drop the bike.   :rotflmao:  They are like an insurance policy.  You never need it until something goes wrong.
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Re: Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2011, 02:00:40 pm »
You don't have to, no.  But, if the bike ever falls over, or tips over, the repair bills usually start at $2500USD, and go up quickly from there.

One guy had his totalled by a tip over in his garage (it fell on a planter or something).

It's totally a matter of choice.

That said, there are 4 options that I've seen so far.  A little searching on your part, right here on this site, will get you pictures and everything.   ;)
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Re: Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2011, 04:26:27 pm »
Top Block are the best looking option available out there IMO...  :great:

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Re: Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2011, 04:32:10 pm »
Top Block are the best looking option available out there IMO...  :great:

http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,26692.0.html


These are deffinately the best looking   8) but there is no protection for the bags and at over $500 this is a bit too high for my budget  :P. On the other hand I have seen others and they look awful  >:D, who wants to ride around looking like a Harley with these tubes on the side of the bike. My $0.02 worth, have fun choosing  :).
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Re: Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2011, 04:39:32 pm »
Top Block are the best looking option available out there IMO...  :great:

http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,26692.0.html


These are deffinately the best looking   8) but there is no protection for the bags and at over $500 this is a bit too high for my budget  :P. On the other hand I have seen others and they look awful  >:D, who wants to ride around looking like a Harley with these tubes on the side of the bike. My $0.02 worth, have fun choosing  :).


Wrong, they do protect the bags...

See Fred's pics...

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Re: Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2011, 08:04:41 pm »
My mistake then. Guess they are worth the $500 to $600 price tag.  :-[
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Re: Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2011, 08:07:31 pm »
Hey ZG! who's bike did you tip over? that couldn't be yours with that funky OEM seat bruther!!

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Re: Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2011, 08:10:06 pm »
Hey ZG! who's bike did you tip over? that couldn't be yours with that funky OEM seat bruther!!

 :-\ :beerchug:

 ;D

That pic of it on it's side is Fred's bike from the thread about the Top Block sliders...
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Re: Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2011, 09:56:51 pm »
How ironic this thread was started today.  :-[ I don't have sliders....been meaning to get some, just been putting it off. Well, now it bit me in the a** - I was pulling out from a gas pump after work today, pulling a left u-turn around the SUV sitting on the opposite side when this pick up comes up alongside, didn't see it so I pulled a stupid panic move and grabbed the brake, then dumped it in slow motion, laying it down on the left side. The mirror took the brunt of it - it's all loose and flopping around. Fairings scratched, foot peg feeler snapped off, passenger peg & extender rashed. I've only had the bike for a little over a year and now it's all jacked up.  :'( Can't put in a claim since I totalled my last bike last August which led to me to buy this one. I should've bought some sliders.  :(

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Re: Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2011, 10:39:24 pm »
I love the top block slider, and wish I had the money.  Actually, for about the same amount of money a person could laminate 100 dollar bills on the lower edge of the fairing for protection.
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Re: Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2011, 12:50:39 pm »
How ironic this thread was started today.  :-[ I don't have sliders....been meaning to get some, just been putting it off. Well, now it bit me in the a** - I was pulling out from a gas pump after work today, pulling a left u-turn around the SUV sitting on the opposite side when this pick up comes up alongside, didn't see it so I pulled a stupid panic move and grabbed the brake, then dumped it in slow motion, laying it down on the left side. The mirror took the brunt of it - it's all loose and flopping around. Fairings scratched, foot peg feeler snapped off, passenger peg & extender rashed. I've only had the bike for a little over a year and now it's all jacked up.  :'( Can't put in a claim since I totalled my last bike last August which led to me to buy this one. I should've bought some sliders.  :(
Sky this could qualify you for a CDA.
Submit it to Connies Droppers Anonymous and I bet Greg will give you the award. It's going to be difficult for me this winter new seat or sliders new seat or sliders about the same amount?   ???  Hmmmmmmm
It's either my a$$ or the bike hmmmmmm bike may win out.  :'(
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Re: Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2011, 12:56:30 pm »
How ironic this thread was started today.  :-[ I don't have sliders....been meaning to get some, just been putting it off. Well, now it bit me in the a** - I was pulling out from a gas pump after work today, pulling a left u-turn around the SUV sitting on the opposite side when this pick up comes up alongside, didn't see it so I pulled a stupid panic move and grabbed the brake, then dumped it in slow motion, laying it down on the left side. The mirror took the brunt of it - it's all loose and flopping around. Fairings scratched, foot peg feeler snapped off, passenger peg & extender rashed. I've only had the bike for a little over a year and now it's all jacked up.  :'( Can't put in a claim since I totalled my last bike last August which led to me to buy this one. I should've bought some sliders.  :(
Sky this could qualify you for a CDA.
Submit it to Connies Droppers Anonymous and I bet Greg will give you the award. It's going to be difficult for me this winter new seat or sliders new seat or sliders about the same amount?   ???  Hmmmmmmm
It's either my a$$ or the bike hmmmmmm bike may win out.  :'(

IIRC, you must be an actual member of COG (COG number) to be awarded a CDA. It looks like skytzo is forum only. So I have a feeling that Greg would reject the application, due to the CDA rules. But hey, you can always try.

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Re: Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2011, 01:02:29 pm »
Good point Cap'n, guess I failed to see that.  ???
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Re: Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2011, 03:24:50 pm »
Ok, WTF is a CDA award?  :017:

*edit* I looked it up, never mind. Not sure why I'd want to brag about it.... :banghead:
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Re: Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2011, 03:34:11 pm »
Ok, WTF is a CDA award?  :017:


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Re: Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
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CDA = Connie Droppers Anonymous
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Re: Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2011, 05:37:17 pm »
Ok, WTF is a CDA award?  :017:

*edit* I looked it up, never mind. Not sure why I'd want to brag about it.... :banghead:


It's not bragging about it. It's sharing your tales of woe. It helps in the healing process of your mind.   Hey don't feel bad. I got the very first one of the C14's. There was very few C14's out there at that point. And mine went over on day 1, with just .2 miles on it. Then I scratched the tank picking her back up. $4,200 damage. So don't feel so bad!  :))

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Re: Do you really need to install Sliders or fairing protectors?
« Reply #18 on: September 02, 2011, 05:23:00 pm »
While I don't have any protection on the C14 yet I have had and still do have sliders on my wifes VFR800. I can attest to the fact that they do help in lessening the damage caused by a slow speed drop or tip over.

Someone said it was evident in Freds photo that those sliders do in fact protect the luggage. Sure they do if you gently tip the bike on its side and lay it down to rest. Put that bike in motion and there is no way in hell those sliders will stop the momentum leading to the bags touching down too.  Less damage? yes.

Another thing to consider is the material of the slider. You want a material that is hard enough to not scrape totally off during a low side but at the same time not so hard that when it hits it acts as a fulcrum and the bike ends up turning over either. I have seen both happen.  Some are purely cosmetic and may help those garage tip overs but be useless in actual road use.