I second that, everyone learns at an MSF course even us old timers. Some of it is just forgotten stuff, some of it is new, but great learning.
I tend to try and cover my rear brake in parking lot slow speed situations because of exactly this scenario with making a turn and having to hit the brake. Had it happen more than once where someone pulled out right in front of me in a parking lot situation and you are forced to hit the brakes and sometimes you're in a awkward position. The front brake can put you in a pickle in that situation. Parking lots, entrances and exit locations are hot spots for this.
No apologies here. I stand behind my previous question. All too often, in motorcycling and many other facets of life, when something goes wrong, people look around for someone to blame. They’ll want someone else to pick up the pieces for them. If a bike was dropped without making contact with another object, then the rider is 100% to blame. If my bike were dropped, which has happened in the past, I wouldn’t want nor expect anyone else to help me pick it up unless I were unable to do it on my own. And with this bike, unless the rider were injured or otherwise physically limited, there should be no reason proper lifting techniques couldn’t be used to lift the bike back up, singlehandedly. This is not being said maliciously or as an attack on anyone. It is merely my point of view which doesn’t usually include a lot of coddling and hand holding.
No apologies needed. Just different point of views.
I choose to help others learn from my mistakes and try to help better the motorcycling community, as a whole. Everyone from beginners on. I, for one, am a newer rider still learning as much as I can. If I can help others do the same, that’s what I will do.
Back on topic, engine guards are a great addition to any motorcycle, IMO. They look great and are functional when needed.
One of the added benefits of crash bars is that it is much easier to pick up the bike with them on. I have "tested" dropping with and without the crash bars and found the bars to be a much better option
I would like to get some large crash bars like a lot of Harley’s have, which could double as highway foot rests, and most importantly, prevent my leg from getting pinned under the bike again, should it tip over. Does anyone know if this is possible? I asked at a local Harley dealer, and they didn’t seem too interested in trying to help me. All the crash bars I have seen in the forums are small engine-hugging types. Thank you.
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I have these on my 2012 NC700X. They make it easier to pick up the bike after a drop. They don’t stick out far enough to act as foot rests, like many of the cruiser bars though. These bars have been great for protecting the bike, one drop on the right side, and a low speed crash on dirt/loose sand.
This is how they look on my bike. I really like the look of them. I've got the aux lights mounted to the inside of them, as well.