Crash tested SW Motec engine guards and Barkbusters

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by tofire409, May 19, 2012.

  1. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    So I finally had a bit of a crash...

    I was at an off road training site, having a spectacular session and then too much front break ended my fun.

    I was going about 10-15 km/hr on loose gravel when I parted ways with my bike and slammed my right shoulder into the ground.

    No pics of the dirt nap or resulting injuries (to me or the bike), but will post some photos of what it looks like now with a bit of Tremclad and straightening.

    I have a distal fracture of my right clavicle...the bike has some scratches on the plastic, broke the plastic part on the passenger peg that holds it up, there is a dent in the engine guard from bending back to position and some scratches on the rear rack.

    But over all, the bike did better than me :lol3

    I was told that I couldn't drive for 6 weeks...but we will see about that :wink:

    Here's the jacket, just dirty...

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    The hand guard

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    The right side engine guard...

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    The passenger peg

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    the rear rack

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    The big picture, all in all the bike is fine and survived the drop really well!

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  2. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    6 weeks without driving?
    Thank god ADVrider.com exists :lol3

    Hope you're getting well soon (talking to your bike here :evil)
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  3. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    No kidding!

    If I can't rack up the miles I might as well rack up the post count:D
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  4. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    Not picking on you here or being nasty, just interested to hear about the "event".

    1) ABS was disabled?
    2) when you fell, you put your arm out?
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  5. syaufu

    syaufu Been here awhile

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    Can't drive for 6 wks !! that is a bunch of BS..I had same injury and was Heli Skiing in 4 wks..went to work the next day... drove myself to work...it heals by itself with no sling etc..jsut a bit painful for a few days..bj
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  6. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    Yep and tried to ninja roll the landing...it didn't work out so well :evil

    I don't think that I had my arm out but it's possible.

    I was doing a BMW off road training course, and they recommend ABS off while off road. Normally on gravel roads I keep ABS on, but when on more difficult trails it's off. I don't want this to turn into an ABS on dirt debate as there are already a few :lol3
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  7. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    The Dr's say that to cya...

    I have a feeling that I'll be on the road sooner rather than later. It happened Thursday mid morning so it's still tender but getting better. As for work, it would not be smart for me to ride the trucks till I'm 100%, it would suck to re-injure it at a fire and have workers comp deny coverage.
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    the call of the warrior :lol3
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  9. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 500 Ft.

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    A few times a year, I slide newspaper between the SW crash bars and the bike, and hit the bars with semi-black spray paint. Good as new. Sorta. Kinda.

    Fred
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  10. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    The training Instructor for the GS course that I was on re-bent, sanded and Tremcladed the engine guards and rear rack after he strapped my bike down on his trailer. I'm very great full that I was his only student and he was able to really help me out.

    I can't wait for the shoulder to heal enough for me to go back and finish!! I was having a blast on single track and some challenging trails... it was the flat gravel driveway that was my undoing :lol3
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  11. jaTillApan

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    I have an identical bike with the same crash bars. Numerous drops - nothing. Lowsiding on asphalt in 40 km/h - just bent the passenger peg. Going down a ditch in 30-something - got dirty. Felt the bike disappear beneath me in a deep, slippery rut - just a broken clavicle bone. But I did nothing but ride for three weeks after that :p

    All in all I'm damn happy with those crash bars!
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  12. CaliKarl

    CaliKarl Been here awhile

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    Glad you and the bike survived. However, isn't 10-15 kph roughly jogging speed?
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  13. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    Thanks...

    Yep just about...

    I just landed hard/wrong. I start Physiotherapy tomorrow to help with the recovery.
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  14. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    X-ray from Friday, healing well...now when to get back on the bike? It will be very soon :evil

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  15. Hudson

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    I blame the Birkenstocks. They were a bad choice for an off-road class.:D Feel better!
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  16. EggChaser

    EggChaser Been here awhile

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    Glad you are OK - also glad that in the UK, BMW supply the bikes used on the off-road course and fix them if you break them leaving you just to worry about breaking yourself.

    As it happens they also run a 1 day fix your BMW course after every 2 day off road course, so in reality the man hours and some of the parts costs for fixing the bikes are paid for by other punters doing the mechanics course (great business model, 1 customer breaks it next customer fixes it)
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  17. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    :lol3 I can only blame the ham handed control that I had on the front break on a particularly easy stretch of gravel...

    That's funny...the instructor of my course ended up reshaping and spray painting the engine guards while I gathered my crap, then drove me the 1.5 hrs home with the bike on his trailer!!
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  18. RexBuck

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    Virtually same accident last year. Going down a gravel road at 50-60 kph, some idiot grabbed the brakes (ABS off), I was standing and bike body slammed me into the road. It happened really fast. Bike did a 3 point landing: SW Motec guards, Barkbusters and Cariboo cases. Bike slid down the road a ways - essentially just some scratches. Essentially bike was fine and I was able to ride it for about 2 hours to the hospital.

    I had a clavical busted in 3 places and a collapsed lung. I'm a geezer and guess we heal a bit slower as I was about 2 months before getting back in the saddle
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