One logical result of freestyle motorcycle riding is a lot of bent motorcycles and broken plastic (over and above the broken bones). Drop your sportbike one time and you can expect to pay hundreds of dollars for new parts if you want to return your motorcycle to pristine condition.
The other day on Superbikes on SpeedTV, Jason Britton visited Freestyle Ingenuity. They produce a whole line of specialized bolt on protection products that mean a dropped bike just gets picked up and off you go, no broken pieces, no scratched and cracked plastic, no engine covers beat up, the protection parts take the fall so your bike doesn’t have to. It had to happen, who would ever try the sport if every practice session meant your bike might be out of commission?
Frame sliders have been around forever but the engine protection cages for sportbikes are fairly new, I believe, and they look like a great idea. Cruisers have always had those highway bars that sort of served as protection but they aren’t built to the same level as these cages. They’re built to fit specific bikes and you don’t have to be a street stunt rider to appreciate what benefits they provide. I notice BMW has crash bars built onto some of their GS models, too, so they know a little metal at the contact points isn’t a bad idea. These protection cages for motorcycles look like they would protect your bike even in fairly severe tumbles.
If painted or powder coated to blend with the rest of the bike or even in contrasting colors, they don’t look too bad. On a naked bike, they blend in pretty well, like on a Speed Triple for instance. Not for everyone but not a bad idea. No matter what you think of how they look, dump your bike one time and you’ll wish you had them on. Interesting.
Link: Freestyle Ingenuity