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post #11 of 84 (permalink) Old 08-20-2007, 10:58 PM
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Glad your all right. I have had no problem with my Cobra bars as of yet. I have always managed to scrape the floor boards. The only time I scraped the cobra bars is when I was loading the bike on my trailer, it scraped one time where the ramp meets the trailer floor.
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post #12 of 84 (permalink) Old 08-20-2007, 11:07 PM
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Yup.. did it once.. on Rt 250 between Stanton, VA and Monterey, VA.. Just as described... twisty mountain roads with steep downhill corkscrew turns. Very freaky to hear the bars grab.

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So what are some of the better alternatives then?

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Wow, never scraped the Cobra bars on my bike. I did scrape the floor boards on occasion.
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Yep, Cobras became the pivot point alright MikeyD And, my hand never touched the brake, but engine braking also sends force down on forks lowering front end on steep downhills. [I don't know if flat landers can picture what we are talking about here?] Add a sharp curve and Cobras grab the road. Scraping the foot boards on a curve and going down a steep incline into a sharp turn is two different things. You can scrape foot boards in a level parking lot making a tight turn. [ Hell, my scrape buttons on the bottom of my boards are almost worn out.] That's not going to "launch" you. This is a "horse of a different color" scenario. Right Doc? THE PIVOT POINT THEORY HAS BEEN PROVEN!!! I am just not happy being the one to prove it .

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O.K. I know the day may come when I am asked to leave this site, due to my answers to some of the threads, but really guys! I have Cobras Highway Bars on my bike. In 5 1/2 years of riding this bike with these bars, I have scraped the heck outta my floorboard 'hero pegs,' but never once scraped the bars. We are riding cruisers here. If ya wanna carve the asphalt, get a crotch rocket, or take your bars off.
No offense meant, just some common sense.
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I too have scraped the bars. I tend to get a little too aggressive on my corners sometimes and lay the bike as flat as possible, but hey...that's half the fun!

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O.K. I know the day may come when I am asked to leave this site, due to my answers to some of the threads, but really guys! I have Cobras Highway Bars on my bike. In 5 1/2 years of riding this bike with these bars, I have scraped the heck outta my floorboard 'hero pegs,' but never once scraped the bars. We are riding cruisers here. If ya wanna carve the asphalt, get a crotch rocket, or take your bars off.
No offense meant, just some common sense.


I scraped my bars a few weeks back..on a park bench. Keep forgetting I'm on a big fat cruiser...
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O.K. I know the day may come when I am asked to leave this site, due to my answers to some of the threads, but really guys! I have Cobras Highway Bars on my bike. In 5 1/2 years of riding this bike with these bars, I have scraped the heck outta my floorboard 'hero pegs,' but never once scraped the bars. We are riding cruisers here. If ya wanna carve the asphalt, get a crotch rocket, or take your bars off.
No offense meant, just some common sense.
Just so you know.. when I scraped, I was doing between 10 - 15 mph. I'd hardly call that "carving the pavement". As Bikerpop said.. these are not your typical twisties.. The roads he and I are referring to are extremely steep mountain roads with corkscrew type turns. As a comparison, when I rode the Dragon, I only managed to scrape my floorboard once. When I scraped the Cobra bar, I wasn't even leaning the bike much. The incline of the road was such that it was that much higher on one side of the bike than the other.

Here's the best picture that I could find to describe this type of curve..

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I've read a few posts over the past couple of years where people have talked about scraping the Cobras. Like BikerPop said, the MCEs don't scrape.

I'm sorry you hit the ditch and glad you weren't hurt.

For all the Chicken Little's out there. Leaning far enough to scrape the boards on these bikes is extremely easy to do if you're actually riding it and I don't mean trying to emulate a crotch rocket. If you're scared to lean buy a trike.

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