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post #1 of 9 Old Aug 22nd, 2006, 10:36 pm Thread Starter
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Unhappy Sliders: A Cautionary Tale

A while back someone was asking about sliders for the GT. I try to make a habit of never posting anything that would give others the impression that I am trying to tell anyone what to do (I'm guessing that I have neither the experience and/or riding skills of most others on this board), but if you are considering installing sliders, especially aluminum versus plastic units, you may want to read this thread first:

http://www.fjrforum.com/forum//index...pic=11635&st=0

YMMV, no offense to anyone intended.

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IMHO, frame sliders don't belong on the FJR or the GT in the first place.

But let's discuss Mr. FJR's story . . . or maybe we shouldn't. It sound like he's not much of a rider to me. Doesn't know what he slipped on? Does he NOT watch where he's going? ...and all of this at 15mph? On DRY PAVEMENT? The whole thing smells awful fishy to me.
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IMHO, frame sliders don't belong on the FJR or the GT in the first place.

But let's discuss Mr. FJR's story . . . or maybe we shouldn't. It sound like he's not much of a rider to me. Doesn't know what he slipped on? Does he NOT watch where he's going? ...and all of this at 15mph? On DRY PAVEMENT? The whole thing smells awful fishy to me.
Frankly, what startled me was the idea that a slider could bust off a piece of frame.....

Also, hard to buy the 15 mph story.... probably what he's telling the SO........

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If you ever walked out to find your Sprint ST laying flat on it's side, bars tweaked, shifter pretzeled and fairing scratched from top to bottom, you may feel differently. Or maybe not. I have those exact "sliders" on the FJR more for tip over than anything else. And yes, their being made of aluminum concerns me.

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Lou, an FJR rider from FL that Tom Gallo and I rode with has frame sliders on his. Well, he called them something else. Whatever... Anyway, they didn't do much to protect the Tupperware when he crashed. So I just don't see the point of having them.

Didn't have them on my Ninja. Won't be putting them on my GT.
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On the FZ1 board, alot of guys put them on for protection of the engine, not the body. Granted the FZ1 is naked, but many who went down at relatively low speeds had a hole ground into the soft aluminum crank case cover.

It made the difference from riding away from a minor getoff and having to have it towed away.

Don't know about the FJR.

If it gives em piece of mind, then more power to them.

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I've never had 'em on any bike until now (obviously they're built into the LT), and I hope they never get used. There are a few FJRs that have fallen over on these sliders (for whatever reason, slippery floors, kids, gravel, hot pavement...) with very minimal damage. You'd have to know where to look to find it, kinda like the lower edge of the side case chrome trim on the LT.

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If you ever walked out to find your Sprint ST laying flat on it's side, bars tweaked, shifter pretzeled and fairing scratched from top to bottom, you may feel differently. Or maybe not. I have those exact "sliders" on the FJR more for tip over than anything else. And yes, their being made of aluminum concerns me.
Dave:

I thought about mounting the sliders on my FJR, but I never ride without my side panniers, rendering them pretty much useless. I THINK the moral of the story is to use plastic versus aluminum sliders if you're going to use them at all, no?

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