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Old 10-22-2010, 04:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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anything that protects the bags from road rash in a tip over or drop
other than training wheels?
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Old 10-22-2010, 07:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not the answer you want, but I'd think not. They are out there too far.

Reason I respond is because I remember numerous years ago a fellow on a Gold Wiing having a near accident in the Santa Cruz Mountains at the intesect with Alice's Restaurant/Skyline Blvd. and Hwy 84. He bailed, his Wing had protectors on his side bags. The bike didn't even fall over! Sure it achieved an angle, but, it did not assume the prone position. Just never forgot that.
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I have VentureShield panels on the tank, fairing and front edges of mudguard and fairing. I will be buying a sheet or two to cover the panniers (bags). Stops scratches and keeps the plastic shiny
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Having dropped an 05 with 400 miles on it, let me assure you that the nature of the 'drop' determines the answer. A 'moving drop' will cause damage no matter what you do. A simple 'tip over drop' will depend on the surface onto which it tipped. Up here in the north, a bag refinish runs about $180 per bag, the paint on my 05 is very soft over plastic and I am not aware of when or whether Yamaha changed the formulation in more recent bikes. As an addendum, if your bike is an 05 or earlier, beware the sidestand on any downward slope parking situation.
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