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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-11-2012, 04:05 AM Thread Starter
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Crash protectors/ frame sliders

Hi there, I recently dropped my ninja 250 (2012). I'm gutted I had no frame sliders to protect the fairing, as now there's a crack around the indicator.

Can your recommend the best protection for the bike? Not too costly And easy to install on the 250?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-11-2012, 10:32 PM
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A pretty popular frame slider is Shogun. And remember, frame sliders are to protect your frame, it won't necessarily save your fairings, although it of course helps.
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Theres even better frame sliders

Personally I like T-Rex racing frame sliders, they have a sleek look and design. The brackets are made of steel for strength instead of the aluminum kind that are weaker then steel. It seems the shoguns have that tear drop design that allows the bracket to rotate under certain low sides thus breaking you fairing even MORE!!!! The t-rex kit doesn't allow the brackets to rotate since they have more then one attachment point/surface mount. They look extremely tough. Also they look much much better then shoguns (cheaper too!!, they're having a black friday deal - use promo code blackfriday for a discount ). They are very easy to install and go on quick. Im sure you can find a write up some where in this forum or you can google one as well. Il try and post a link to a picture of those sliders, not sure if i can

http://t-rex-racing.com/N50-8.jpg
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Hi there, I recently dropped my ninja 250 (2012). I'm gutted I had no frame sliders to protect the fairing, as now there's a crack around the indicator.

Can your recommend the best protection for the bike? Not too costly And easy to install on the 250?

Thanks
Notice you said you want FRAME sliders to protect your FAIRINGS? That's not what frame sliders are meant to protect. The purpose of frame sliders in a lot of applications is kind of moot in fact. Back when bike frames were highly exposed like:



If you dumped your bike it was very likely you'd dent or damage your frame as it is highly exposed and once your frame is at all damaged your bike is "totaled".

Now look at a Ninja 250:

Can you even SEE the frame? No. By mounting something on the frame you are putting your frame at risk to protect your fairings? That's backwards from what a frame slider is supposed to do. So instead of crashing and damaging a fairing which can be replaced for less than $200 normally you are putting your $3,000 motorcycle at risk? That's like parking your Corvette under a 10 ton wrecking ball which is triggered to drop on it if someone tries to steal your radio. It'll ensure no one brave enough will get your radio and it only costs you the cost of a brand new Corvette if they try.

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And furthermore big dildo looking sliders are even more of a risk to further damage. If you have a bike which actually needs frame sliders I prefer low profile "mushroomed" sliders like LSL:


They are meant to have a wide surface area so they don't "snag". Big long frame sliders are notorious for not allowing a bike to slide and instead flip so a simple low-side turns into a massive high-side.

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It's also why a lot of sliders are made of delrin. It's meant to be ground away and in turn easily replaced. If the slider is too strong it won't absorb the force by breaking/grinding, the frame will.

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