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my cobra bars caused me to wreck lawsuit?

i have a 06 with cobra bars. went around a 90 deg corner turning left at around 30mph. started hearing scraping noise from the cobra bars & my front tire lost contact with pavement & the bike went down on the left leg. broke it in 10 places. would everyone that has had this happen to them or know of someone that it happened to please leave info here. i believe that there must be a design flaw. no way should the bars ever be able to hit the ground while your turning. i will be out of commission for 3 months. thanks for your will wishes. i would like to keep any postings here about it happening to others. i would like to talk to a attorney with some of the info i pick up here. everyone be careful out there with the cobra bars. once they start hitting your going down. i posted at general discussion so i could get the most response & everyone else can find out about the design flaw.
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I am so sorry to hear about your injury, prayers for a speedy and full recovery. I usually rode the twisties very agressively and only slightly scraped once. I think that was because of a bump in the aspahalt. My floorboards scrape before my bars do. Is your bike lowered?
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I have an '06 with Cobra bars, John's forward controls, and HB Smalleys bar adapter for forward controls. I felt the bars looked low after I put them on. I learned the lean limits by dragging the bars. I was aware that they would drag. So, once I learned the lean limt, I was conscious of it and adapted my riding style. It's not a problem for me, but it has freaked out some guys riding with me when they see how close I can get the bars to the ground. But, the bars have saved my bike twice in low speed lay overs. Sorry to hear you wet down as a result of your bars dragging.

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Is your bike lowered?
Lowering doesn't really affect the front end much. I am lowered 2"

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never lowered. that's the problem your riding along like you always do but he next thing you know your on the ground. you should never have to go into a corner & not know if you"re going to wreck. i've ridden this road before.
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Truly sorry to hear about your injuries.
I have Cobra's on my Volusia and my wife's Aero. Both bikes are lowered, mine 2" and hers 1 1/2". I have not scraped the bars on mine, but I have on hers. On the Volusia, the boards drag before the bars. On the Aero, the bars scrape before the pegs. But knowing what the lean angle is, has meant that the bikes don't get ridden like sport bikes. I believe there is a warning on the installation instructions that may include something about cornering. Either way, knowing the limits of the bike, especially after adding something other than what comes from the manufacturer of the bike, is something we should all do.

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I am sorry to hear about your crash. However you were riding the thing and appearantly you you took a corner at a speed higher than was safe. Don't blame anyone other that yourself! Lawsuits only cost the people who take responsibility for themselves money. Just own up to your mistake and go on.
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I am sorry to hear about your crash. However you were riding the thing and appearantly you you took a corner at a speed higher than was safe. Don't blame anyone other that yourself! Lawsuits only cost the people who take responsibility for themselves money. Just own up to your mistake and go on.
Actually what I should have said is that YOU CAUSED YOU TO WRECK!!
(not the cobra bars)
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You don't have a leg to stand on...No pun intended.

Sorry for your luck, get well soon.
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Second the vote, wesdalton - don't blame the mfgr for your own error. I don't think you'll get much support here.

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