One of the first things I did after purchasing my bike was to put crash bars on and boy am I glad I did!! I am not a big fan of how any of these bars look but thought the R-Gaza looked OK for the money and I wanted the protection. Not too many choices either at the time I bought them.
I sold a Goldwing to buy the FJR. Anyone that has owned a Wing knows how good the tip over protection is. Most Wing owners will tell you its not "If it will tip over, It's when" though the first Wing I had never did, the second a couple times on slow speed turns where I hit the front brake in a tight turn usually on a downhill type of slope. It is a beast of a bike and you never want to pull of the front brake in a slow turn or over she goes. Of course it's the same with any bike but definitely not on a 900 lb one. Its designed so well that the only thing that usually happens is a bent aftermarket foot peg which you can easily straighten out.
When I bought the FJR I cringed knowing that one mistake and your looking at big bucks whether your pant leg gets caught in the kickstand as your leaning it over, you hit the front brake in a turn, or the situation I am about to explain happens.
One of my best riding buddy friends and his wife drove down from VA to visit us for a few days over New Years. He is a Wing rider and has been riding safely his whole life. I have logged thousands of safe miles with him. The forecast was great, I had my Z900 to ride so I told him to bring his gear and he could ride my FJR on a couple of day rides.
I have a very steep driveway, the picture does not really show the grade of it. First day all geared up, the wife's taking pictures and videos of us leaving for our adventure. I asked him if he wanted me to navigate the driveway as you have to handle the clutch and throttle perfectly to get over the asphalt hump at the top. I knew he would say no and I had full confidence that he would make it ok. I go first and the Cardo's are on. Then I hear OH S&%T! Man I dropped your bike!! He's beside himself in agony. My heart sunk and felt sick knowing the damage had to be great and that all of our plans were shot. Plus they were visiting for 4 days and it would be a painful visit now that this happened. Happy New Year
I turn around back toward the house to see my beautiful bike on its side on the steep slope of the driveway.
A sickening site and he is profusely apologizing for what had happened. Instead of riding up the driveway and then timing the clutch and throttle to get over the hump he panicked, pulled in the clutch, the bike rolls back and topples over. Our wife's are freaking out worse than we were. I rushed over and to my total surprise nothing and I mean nothing was damaged except the 2 spots on the front and rear bars that not only hit the pavement but slid down the driveway. The long gouge is the rear bag bar. The scrapes are so low you cannot even see them and I later painted them with flat black paint. Never know it happened. Ground down a bit but again not visible. We picked the bike up (not hard at all) and I rode it to the road. We waited until our heart rates returned to normal then took off for the first of 2 fantastic all day rides.
The bars saved my bike, our rides, and their visit. They paid for themselves that day. Are they great looking on the bike? Hardly, but I will always look at them in a different light and be glad I bought them.
Hey, I can't ride today but thought I would share my story as maybe this might help convince anyone on the fence to purchase some protection and maybe make those that have them realize they made a fantastic investment. I can happen to anyone at anytime.