This is why you buy crash bars

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Nihon Newbie, May 5, 2019.

  1. Nihon Newbie

    Nihon Newbie Weirdo

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    20190505_143329.jpg Pulling out of my neighborhood into a 45mph zone, very low traffic, turning eastbound. White SUV travelling westbound begins an illegal u-turn right in front of me as I'm getting through 2nd gear. Tank slapper trying not to get smashed, bike ate shit, I hopped off somehow. Driver just completed their illegal maneuver and drove off. So pissed. I haven't had a non-collision crash on the street in like a decade :(

    Anyone have a secret source for cheap Honda parts in the US?
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  2. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    Sorry mate.

    No witnesses? No action camera on the helmet?
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    Misanthropist n00b

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  4. Nihon Newbie

    Nihon Newbie Weirdo

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    None, and no unfortunately didn't have my GoPro on me :(

    Same, they are the absolute cheapest OEM Honda supplier and I've used them forever. Parts cost more than my full AltRider crash bars that should arrive Wednesday, ugh.
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  5. NSPbiker

    NSPbiker n00b

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    I have some SW Motech lower bars I took off my 2017 AT. PM me for info.
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  6. Nihon Newbie

    Nihon Newbie Weirdo

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    Already ordered AltRider bars, thank you though!
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  7. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    Or why you buy an air cooled bike!:jump
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  8. Nihon Newbie

    Nihon Newbie Weirdo

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    Lol, fine for small displacement bikes like my CB125s, but not the AT. It's regularly 100°F + in the summers here, I'll keep my huge twin radiators.
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  9. inbred

    inbred Sweeter than Yoo-hoo

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    Who knows? The lack of crash bars may have saved your tight keister from greater harm. The radiator acted as a crumple zone absorbing energy from the impact. It allowed you to maintain some semblance of control through the tank slapping flux. With crash bars you may have been flung off the bike from the get go having a more violent impact with the pavement. Not spending three hundred dollars on crash bars may have saved you five thousand dollars in medical bills.

    Like my Grandpa used to say when he was a cook at IHOP, sometimes you gotta flip this shit.
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  10. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    My air-cooled BMW Boxer does fine on hot days (my hottest example was 116F).

    In contrast when the Africa Twin was running Honda's recommended 30 grade oil, I did not trust it to protect the gearbox on such hot days.
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  11. Nihon Newbie

    Nihon Newbie Weirdo

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    The radiator didn't get crushed until the bike hit the ground and I had already hopped off, so I fail to see how it helped at all? There was no initial collision with the vehicle that turned in front of me, I lost control avoiding hitting them, then the bike hit the ground. No crumple zone needed, bars would've protected everything except maybe these awful turn signals, lol.
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