|01-30-2013, 09:49 AM||#46|
Joined: Aug 2012
Location: Orlando Fl
|01-30-2013, 05:08 PM||#47|
Gimpy, Yet Alacritous
Joined: Jan 2008
1983 Suzuki GS850G, Cosmic Blue
2002 Suzuki Vstrom DL1000, Midnight Blue
2005 Kawasaki KLR650 - Turd II, The ReTurdening
"Do not crinkle your food wrappers loudly. Be considerate to others, or I will bite your torso and give you a disease."
|01-31-2013, 08:15 AM||#48|
Joined: Feb 2007
Location: Hoegaarden, Belgium
Dakar bikes use things, that do same as crash bars.
I had chance to actually inspect on real Dakar bikes since I guess 90s. And few latest ones. On Intermot, EICMA and couple in Suzuki dealership 4 km from my house.
Large sticking to sides sump guards made of carbon-kevlar composite, tough and often carrying water around engine sump. 4+ mm aluminium on old Dakar bikes. There are actually no way engine will get touched in slide because of that. But those are expensive things. Seriously. And after race they look bashed to smithereens.
They use carbon-kevlar-glassfiber covers or actual tanks on front and rear of bikes. And they do not care if those get scuffed or even holed and patched up quickly with resin and fiberglass.
They do not care about state of bodywork - those bikes often arrive to end of race covered in gaffa tape.
They do not use crashbars because those are heavy and only perform one function. This is largely against whole race bike concept, where each 100 gr of weight shaved off.
Their bikes are VERY narrow and engine is well hidden.
At same time I can remind you that when someone (was it Charlie Borman?) in Race to Dakar smashed his plastic tank on the rock he had just enough to get to finish and tank got replaced at base camp. I might be mixing up who it was and details, but I distinctly remember tank replacement.
My own bikes were saved twice by crashbars. Once - far from home, once - 5 km from home. If not for the bars I would have had side cover crashed and bike immobilzed. I went down other time on other bike without bars 1500 km from home and that is what happened. I had to perform roadside surgery by removing side cover and plumbing it with epoxy and then ride home slowly losing oil for 1500 km.And BTW - that fall in absence of crash bars took my rhs footpeg too and made that ride specially ...hm....interesting.
Taking Dakar bike as sample is like comparing regular sportbike with GP machine. Pointless.
As for rider protection - I do not believe it helps on narrow bikes. May be on some other types...
|01-31-2013, 10:56 AM||#49|
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Muscat, Oman
Most stunting and gymkhana bikes seem to have them. Considering how those are ridden and dropped that would be the best example for me.
Young enough to know I can. Old enough to know I shouldn't. Stupid enough to do it anyway
2010 Vstrom 1k
2007 1200 GSA
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