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post #21 of 84 (permalink) Old 08-21-2007, 07:25 AM
 
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Glad your all right and hope everyone reads the post and takes the warning. Also, up here in Michigan we have something called "road conditions" which generally means the road is rough or wet or snow coverede and to slow down. But it can mena anything. Like twisty, curvy and banked. Sounds like 15 mph was too fast for the specific road condition. IMHO
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Sounds like the uniqueness of the situation (downhill, sharp turn, etc) certainly didn't lend itself to Cobra bars being on there. If you feel like the other ones are better suited to your area, riding style, etc., it sounds like a no brainer for you.

However, I'm sure are a few documented car accident cases where the seatbelt caused more severe injury to the wearer, but that doesn't mean that seatbelts aren't safe.

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Sounds like the uniqueness of the situation (downhill, sharp turn, etc) certainly didn't lend itself to Cobra bars being on there. If you feel like the other ones are better suited to your area, riding style, etc., it sounds like a no brainer for you.

However, I'm sure are a few documented car accident cases where the seatbelt caused more severe injury to the wearer, but that doesn't mean that seatbelts aren't safe.
Agreed! I'm not taking mine off because of this.. Just want folks to be aware that when taking certain kinds of roads, the bars CAN catch. I know I'm more aware of it since it happened to me.
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That's why they are called crash bars.
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DocO wrote: "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. "



Well, that 'splaines what happened to you VERY WELL!
WHAT A ROAD!! I completely understand the road incline situation and I can certainly see how that took place. Thanks for the pic and the explanation. Just glad you weren't hurt seriously.
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Like BikerPop said, the MCEs don't scrape.
I've got a flat spot on mine that says you're wrong.
A lot depends on the grade of the road.

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Like BikerPop said, the MCEs don't scrape.
I've got a flat spot on mine that says you're wrong.
A lot depends on the grade of the road.
I have a flat spot too but it's from sliding down the pavement in Charleston.

How about if I qualify my comment with "usually". They don't usually scrape. I guess if I raised my highway pegs a little I could scrape the bars too. The heels of my boots scrape after my boards do. I typically use that as a signal that I'm leaned over about far enough.

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Although I have Cobras I have always felt that the MC bars were shaped better from a technical point of view. I really don't think crash bars should be able to touch down before the floor boards.

I usually don't scrape the boards - when I do it's probably because I slightly misjudged a curve or found it tightening on me or more often because there is a sheet of cardboard lying in the road. In these cases I don't like the idea of my factor of safety being taken away by poorly designed crash bars.

I don't understand the concerns with the oil filter - I can fiddle mine in and out of there no trouble - had a more difficult time on some cars.
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Here's the best picture that I could find to describe this type of curve..
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