Meh, I look at it like this. If I crash fast enough for my bike to slide long enough to grind a hole in the engine side cover, I will likely be ready to call it a day after that. I realize that you may be worried more about getting it home if you are on a trip, but what else may be bent, broken, or tweaked preventing you from getting home even if the side cover didn't have a hole in it?
You could install the Kuryakyn highway pegs like I run on my bike, they wpuld give you some room to stretch out AND function as a frame slider. Maybe them sticking out a bit paired with the exhaust sticking out, could save the engine case, but idk, it sticks out pretty far on the right side. Either way, aside from getting home if it did happen, a side cover is fairly cheap and pretty simple to replace.
You can spend trying to prevent it and it may never happen to you, or you can just "cross that bridge when you get there", but hope you never "get there" and ride safely to avoid such an incident.
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