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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-09-2009, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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I have seen some of these for sale on ePay... seems like a good idea and might even look good but $80 bucks for a chrome bar seems a bit steep unless the quality is pretty good.

Anyone have any experience with these or are they even worth it?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-09-2009, 08:55 AM
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I like them because they can keep cost down in the event of the unforeseen. They're also good to hook highway pegs to. Not to mention they're CHROME!
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I put one on mine last year, mostly to attach pegs to. But it looks pretty good and the protection it may offer should I drop her is well worth the $$. I'm guessing you haven't bought many accessories yet. Check out the prices on the OEM luggage rack, passenger back rest and saddle bag supports. $80 for that chrome bar ain't too bad. I paid $90 for mine. Watch ebay if you're not in a hurry to get one. Sometimes you can get a gently used one on there for less.


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I would say it's good quality.

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Oh hell, errr... heck, just go to a local muffler shop and have 'em make one, then slap on some chrome spray paint.






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I think they look cool, they add something up front there, and I'd like to get one at some point. I would also like to hear from somebody who has dropped with it, and what the results were....just out of curiosity.
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I dropped mine on the shoulder at slow speed. Wasn't watching the engine guard at the time, but when I picked it up, it seemed like the handlebars, windshield and frame near the front pegs made the most contact.

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They are mostly good as a place to put hwy pegs. and of course...more chrome! If you drop it the foot peg will probably break off before the guard touches the ground. Mine did.

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They are mostly good as a place to put hwy pegs. and of course...more chrome! If you drop it the foot peg will probably break off before the guard touches the ground. Mine did.
Agree 100%. I doubt it would offer much protection for anything other than the radiator maybe, but is a handy place to hang some pegs.

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My new to me 06 had the engine guard and I am having trouble getting Hwy. pegs to wind up where I want them, I know I could buy the $150 Kurys but that is a bit rich for my blood... The ones that I put on wound up too low and too close to me, I like to have the choice of either streight legging & hanging the back of my heels on them or with a slight bend have the arch of the foot on them, the switch seems to rest me better...
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Thanks for the info guys.

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