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Re: Top Block vs. Canyon Cage
« Reply #25 on: August 15, 2013, 04:07:34 pm »


Oh, and to answer someones question about whether you have to remove both to do maintenance on the bike: I believe you'll always have to remove the Top Blocks for maintenance because they go through that lower cowling. However, I could be wrong on this. If I am, someone who has them is welcome to correct me.
That was a Fair post.  You would only need to deal with the Top Blocks if you are removing the black lower fairing.  I say deal with it, because you don’t need to remove them completely.  Two bolts to remove each Skate, and then removing the bolt located on each side that connects to the Bracket that exits the hole in the lower fairing.  At that point you can fold down the outer arm and remove the fairing.  I estimate less than two minutes per side, and easy.  Having the skates removed allows for a great cleaning, so that alone is worth the time to remove them.
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Re: Top Block vs. Canyon Cage
« Reply #26 on: August 15, 2013, 06:44:23 pm »
However, I don't think our Canyon Cages look bad necessarily. Also, I think the fact that our Canyon Cages do a bit better job of protecting when going faster than a few miles an hour, the option of adding lights and/or highway pegs, our excellent customer service, and the lower cost helps keep us in the running. All in all, both products are great and which guard you choose kinda depends on what you plan to do with them.

Sorry if it sounded like a knock on your product. I actually finally found a picture of them installed with bag protectors on the original 2008 and do like the way it all looked. As I have been catching up on the last 1 or 2 years of the history surrounding the C14 CC I wanted to say I am impressed with the way you have worked with the Concours forums to develop the C14 Canyon Cages.  :great:


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If you can fit your bike into that space without folding the mirrors up then you'd be able to fit it with the CCs installed.
I just tried to put my side bags on  and there is NO way I can fit my car next to it in the garage with the rear bag protectors on(think tetris). I will have to stay with some rear sliders to hopefully protect the bags. Do those rear bag protectors install on/off quickly? Maybe I could use them for longer trips but until I get a 3 car garage I won't be able to keep them installed. Any front/rear slider set for the 2008 model? Saw those Trex options, anyelse?
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Re: Top Block vs. Canyon Cage
« Reply #27 on: August 19, 2013, 01:25:54 am »
However, I don't think our Canyon Cages look bad necessarily. Also, I think the fact that our Canyon Cages do a bit better job of protecting when going faster than a few miles an hour, the option of adding lights and/or highway pegs, our excellent customer service, and the lower cost helps keep us in the running. All in all, both products are great and which guard you choose kinda depends on what you plan to do with them.

Sorry if it sounded like a knock on your product.

Naw, it didn't at all! I took zero offense. Everyone has their own opinion and that's totally cool. Especially when it comes to things like aesthetics.

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Re: Top Block vs. Canyon Cage
« Reply #28 on: August 19, 2013, 03:42:45 am »
No slow / low speed drop tests to report the functionality - but here are pics of the GSG frame sliders.

http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,43280.msg272133.html#msg272133

As one of the replies states - you can also straighten your legs and rest your calves on these when on the highway.
Avoiding them when stopping or duck-walking Connie has - as anticipated - become second nature.  Perhaps it helps that I'm 6'1".
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Re: Top Block vs. Canyon Cage
« Reply #29 on: April 01, 2014, 05:41:14 pm »
I know this topic is from last year, but I am on this same fence right now - between CC and TB.  Any additional experiences since this posting?
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Re: Top Block vs. Canyon Cage
« Reply #30 on: April 01, 2014, 07:18:04 pm »
Any additional experiences since this posting?


I recently dropped mine in my driveway. I'm not sure it qualifies as dropped by me since I wasn't near it at the time, however I'm the responsible party so...

I parked it at the bottom of my inclined driveway and put the side stand down. Thinking it was in first gear, I walked away. I heard a noise and turned and saw
it going forward and down on the left side. My covered Top Blocks and rear MCE saddlebag protectors took it in stride and there was minimal damage to them
and none to the bike. It had shifted into second gear in the fall when the shift lever hit a raised part of the driveway.

If you have no interest in the MCE rear saddlebag protectors then I'd go with the cages. The rear protectors are not really objectionable when the bags are on, but if you ride without the bags, they are then quite ugly. Since I rarely take the bags off, the Top Blocks with the rear MCE bars are a great combo for me. I just wish Murph had decided to import the Top Blocks sooner so I could have purchased them from him and not paid so much to get them here from France.
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Re: Top Block vs. Canyon Cage
« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2014, 01:03:15 am »
Top Block are by far the sexiest but definitely most expensive.  I thing the cages are quite ugly, but definitely functional.  On the other forum I recently saw a thread regarding these...

http://t-rex-racing.com/catalog.php?item=516


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Re: Top Block vs. Canyon Cage
« Reply #32 on: April 02, 2014, 01:26:40 pm »
All,

  someone posted they had a set of the T-Rex  bars and was going to post pic when he was done.  They are Off course cheaper, but havent heard how they look and perform.
  The poor devil probably is a working man and hasnt got them installed yet.  The money is always a factor until its too late.

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Re: Top Block vs. Canyon Cage
« Reply #33 on: April 02, 2014, 06:02:12 pm »
I like my Canyon Cage!!! :)

I think it works nicely with the lines of the bike.

PLUS, it works great when you get back home from Bike Week and forget to put your kickstand down in the garage!!! >:(
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Re: Top Block vs. Canyon Cage
« Reply #34 on: April 02, 2014, 06:19:35 pm »
I have been confused about cages and such for street bikes.   I have always assumed they are likely to reduce extreme corning ground clearence.   Make maintaince a bit more time consuming, and cost additional money.   I have insurance and have managed to protect my bikes that way.     If you have them or want them all good.

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Re: Top Block vs. Canyon Cage
« Reply #35 on: April 02, 2014, 07:27:56 pm »
Top Block are by far the sexiest but definitely most expensive.  I thing the cages are quite ugly, but definitely functional.  On the other forum I recently saw a thread regarding these...

http://t-rex-racing.com/catalog.php?item=516


Not bad.. Any one here use them?
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Re: Top Block vs. Canyon Cage
« Reply #36 on: April 02, 2014, 07:39:27 pm »
I would like to know your opinion on which I should get and why.   :c017:

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Wow!  That's like asking which is prettier, blonds or redheads.  I have the CC's on a silver 2011 and they look great.  I don't even notice them any more.  CC's in the front and rear will probably provided the best protection..but then I haven't validated that personally :)

Go look at a few a C14s with CC and Top blocks and decide for yourself which looks best.

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Re: Top Block vs. Canyon Cage
« Reply #37 on: April 03, 2014, 11:04:20 am »
I have been confused about cages and such for street bikes.   I have always assumed they are likely to reduce extreme corning ground clearence.   Make maintaince a bit more time consuming, and cost additional money.   I have insurance and have managed to protect my bikes that way.     If you have them or want them all good.


Based on how far mine leaned over during my lack of kickstand deployment incident, I doubt you're loosing cornering clearance on a C14 from a Canyon Cage.  If you're consistently leaning that far on the street, you're asking for trouble in my opinion.

I ride hard, and the Cage has NEVER interfered with how far I've needed to lean to get around a corner.

Now if you are thinking about the stunt cages you see on some of the sport bikes, I can possibly agree with you.

As far as maintenance, once you clip the one stringer in the gills, you do not have to remove the Cage to remove any Tupperware.

As far as insurance, I'm not so sure about that unless you are carrying a $0 deductible.  My $500 deductible covers the cost of the Cage and doesn't come close to the cost of the $125 mirror.

I just have to remember, to each their own!!! :beerchug:
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Re: Top Block vs. Canyon Cage
« Reply #38 on: April 03, 2014, 11:24:52 am »
I thought they where more like a stunt cage.   Got it know. 

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Re: Top Block vs. Canyon Cage
« Reply #39 on: April 04, 2014, 12:20:48 am »
Top Block are by far the sexiest but definitely most expensive.  I thing the cages are quite ugly, but definitely functional.  On the other forum I recently saw a thread regarding these...

http://t-rex-racing.com/catalog.php?item=516


Not bad.. Any one here use them?


I read the thread again on the other forum and it appears that there is a serious design flaw with the rear.  There is s connecting bar for the rear guards that goes over the swing arm that when there is a passenger on the bike the swing arm collides with the connecting bar.
« Last Edit: April 04, 2014, 12:26:00 am by JerryR_WA »


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Re: Top Block vs. Canyon Cage
« Reply #40 on: April 04, 2014, 03:14:16 pm »
Yikes!! Guess can always go with the CC for the rear?
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Re: Top Block vs. Canyon Cage
« Reply #41 on: April 12, 2014, 12:20:17 am »


I'm a bit bias too  :great: I like the Top Blocks..  We are getting ready to run out of stock on both flavors of  the Top Block, I'm putting in an order Monday, sales are brisk and its not like I can stock a container of these, so if you can give me a heads up your going to be getting a set that would be great.

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