Unfortunately, I have a fair amount of empirical knowledge about lowsides on my D650 (specifically, twice at turn 5 at Thunderhill). IMO, and aside from the initial impact, the biggest risk of damage being caused by a slider is when it buries itself or catches on something. In other words, when the slider stops sliding, but the bike keeps on moving. The first time this happened, I had Skyking sliders and the slider pulled the engine mounting bolt right out of the engine completely stripping the threads in the engine block. The second time (w/LSL) the slider bolt broke but did no damage to the bike (but didn't protect it either). So, I agree that sliders have little value (and may be a negative) in a hard crash but definitely do offer protection in a slow speed low side (have some experience there as well) or when the bike just gets dropped. Persnally, I prefer to have sliders, but I can see why others feel differently.On 2006-11-08 06:30, SDFOUR wrote:
well, IMHO, frame sliders do their job best for slow speed downs and just tip overs, for those high speed crashes, I don't feel no matter what kind you have on, theres gonna be tons of damage.
The question is , I guess, do frame sliders cause more damage to frame and engine in a severe crash or not...... but in most cases a severe crash is gonna be a total anyway...but if you did not have the sliders and didnot have irrepairable frame or engine damage COULD the bike be salvaged more easily????
It's just like the tire questions...which are best... different crashes pruduce different results....and opinions usually are made by experience, and most experiences vary somewhat.
So I guess you take all the info out there and explore your options, then make your personal choice and take the consequences...what more can you do???
rudebwoy85, haven't decided to replace my Skykings yet.....I've also just replaced the skykings I've had on my D675 with a set of WoodCrafts primarily because of the story I heard about the offset bracket bending back and puncturing the engine case, I performed a bit of a hack-job with my woodcraft install because of having to cut the faring and this being the first time I've ever done this but I am more confident in it doing it's job moreso than the no-cut skykings.
I actually happened to have recently met the guy who's case was punctured and you are right in thinking that nobody ought not to go making assumptions.On 2006-11-10 21:16, SDFOUR wrote:
rudebwoy85, haven't decided to replace my Skykings yet.....
I have only heard of that ONE incident of the slider puncturing the engine....I would think we'd hear more if it happened more often...maybe that was a freak thing ? that may never happen again?? Do any of Skykings sliders on other models fit that way??
But isn't the bracket a lever arm that multiplies the load on the engine mount? In other words, other things being equal, the amount of force transmitted to the engine mount will be greater with a offset arm than a straight through mount. Also, rather than a straight impact, won't it be a twisting motion?On 2006-11-11 17:59, rudebwoy85 wrote:
I would expect that folks with skyikings should feel pretty confident in their capabilities..I can say this much, the skyking offset bracket is twice as thick as the billet brace used in the GSC slider kit so rest assured that you have a pretty chunky piece of alluminium ready for work.