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09-30-2015, 06:51 PM,
#1
Engine Guard issue
I am new to riding and picked up my v star 650 a couple weeks ago. I went on a ride the other day with some nice curves and I scraped the engine guards on both the left and right on a couple tight turns. The guards touch down before the foot boards do and since it has no give it's rather jarring and it feels pretty unsafe. The 2nd time I hit was really jarring and it feel like I lost control for a second as I bounced off the road.
I'm wondering if I should just take them off. I like the way they look and the possibility of safety they could offer but this doesn't seem right? Maybe someone put the wrong guards on? I would think they would've designed them to be higher than the foot boards.
What do you guys think?
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09-30-2015, 11:26 PM,
#2
RE: Engine Guard issue
What are you doing, testing the tire grip?....LOL Send a pic? Meanwhile, heres a pic of mine. I dont even come close to rubbing. Gota see yours.
(09-30-2015, 06:51 PM)freehinton Wrote: I am new to riding and picked up my v star 650 a couple weeks ago. I went on a ride the other day with some nice curves and I scraped the engine guards on both the left and right on a couple tight turns. The guards touch down before the foot boards do and since it has no give it's rather jarring and it feels pretty unsafe. The 2nd time I hit was really jarring and it feel like I lost control for a second as I bounced off the road.
I'm wondering if I should just take them off. I like the way they look and the possibility of safety they could offer but this doesn't seem right? Maybe someone put the wrong guards on? I would think they would've designed them to be higher than the foot boards.
What do you guys think?


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10-01-2015, 09:28 AM, (This post was last modified: 10-01-2015, 07:10 PM by Keith.)
#3
RE: Engine Guard issue
yeah, i have drug floorboards, never the engine guards even that was bit what th moment the 1st couple of times.

here is my guards, never drag, yep would think that could be a total OH SH moment if they hit!


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10-01-2015, 01:51 PM,
#4
RE: Engine Guard issue
Your a new rider and your hitting the engine guards frequently on turns? Seems odd....either your very aggressive ( are you sure a cruiser is the right bike for you?) or your guards are very low/wide.
Mine are pretty small, I don't think they can hit the ground, the floorboards hit first, my wife has large highway bars on hers and has no problems, hers might hit though if she tried hard enough.

Post a picture of your bike and guards maybe as a start so we can see what we are dealing with.
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10-01-2015, 02:38 PM,
#5
Engine Guard issue
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I have these guards, and scrape the floors, but never the guards.


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10-01-2015, 08:26 PM,
#6
RE: Engine Guard issue
No wonder your touching down bro. Gota take them corners broad, and wide huh?
(10-01-2015, 02:38 PM)Marty8613 Wrote: [Image: 734f0f950c66b81d3465a38114896356.jpg]

I have these guards, and scrape the floors, but never the guards.


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10-01-2015, 09:13 PM,
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Engine Guard issue
[quote='The Finisher.66' pid='39306' dateline='1443741963']
No wonder your touching down bro. Gota take them corners broad, and wide huh?[quote='Marty8613' pid='39300' dateline='1443721134']


Oh not me, the OP is scrapeing, but I get asked all the time if they do.



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10-02-2015, 11:02 AM, (This post was last modified: 10-02-2015, 11:03 AM by mike721.)
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RE: Engine Guard issue
My wife has that same bar on her's, it looks and is wide but it's shaped well and never hits, I may get the same one, it's much nicer than the cheapies that I have on mine
(10-01-2015, 09:13 PM)Marty8613 Wrote: [quote='The Finisher.66' pid='39306' dateline='1443741963']
No wonder your touching down bro. Gota take them corners broad, and wide huh?[quote='Marty8613' pid='39300' dateline='1443721134']


Oh not me, the OP is scrapeing, but I get asked all the time if they do.



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10-02-2015, 02:56 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-02-2015, 03:02 PM by pauli466.)
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RE: Engine Guard issue
(09-30-2015, 06:51 PM)freehinton Wrote: I am new to riding and picked up my v star 650 a couple weeks ago. I went on a ride the other day with some nice curves and I scraped the engine guards on both the left and right on a couple tight turns. The guards touch down before the foot boards do and since it has no give it's rather jarring and it feels pretty unsafe. The 2nd time I hit was really jarring and it feel like I lost control for a second as I bounced off the road.
I'm wondering if I should just take them off. I like the way they look and the possibility of safety they could offer but this doesn't seem right? Maybe someone put the wrong guards on? I would think they would've designed them to be higher than the foot boards.
What do you guys think?
you should absolutely remove them before you get hurt, boards and pegs are spring loaded so they give a warning before they jam into the ground, eng guards hit with a bang then down ya go. an eng guards shouldn't really go much wider than the boards or pegs. i'v seen em wider by an inch or two but not much more than that. on some police harleys there out so far it looks like their on the the kick stands when the go over, nice safty feature for slow manuvers but sucks in fast corners.
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10-02-2015, 05:13 PM,
#10
RE: Engine Guard issue
I definitely don't feel like I'm an aggressive rider. I was just out on some curvy country roads with my MSF instructor. We were maybe doing 35 or 40 when my engine guards touched down. Here's a couple pics of my guards.

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10-03-2015, 06:26 PM,
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RE: Engine Guard issue
(10-02-2015, 05:13 PM)freehinton Wrote: I definitely don't feel like I'm an aggressive rider. I was just out on some curvy country roads with my MSF instructor. We were maybe doing 35 or 40 when my engine guards touched down. Here's a couple pics of my guards.

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i can see the problem right off. although they are a bit wider than the boards that's not the problem, the problem is they are way lower than the boards. is there any way you could mount them to the upper bolt on the peg bracket then modify the top bracket to fit.
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10-04-2015, 10:29 PM,
#12
RE: Engine Guard issue
They are too big for the bike...I don't know how they even fit on there. if you want guards get some that are made for the bike. Previous owner may have been an "upright" rider...you can tell that by taking a look at the rear tire (i you still have the one the previous owner had)
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10-05-2015, 08:06 AM,
#13
RE: Engine Guard issue
(10-04-2015, 10:29 PM)ET_Geckoe Wrote: They are too big for the bike...I don't know how they even fit on there. if you want guards get some that are made for the bike. Previous owner may have been an "upright" rider...you can tell that by taking a look at the rear tire (i you still have the one the previous owner had)
that's a good one, (upright rider) lol, i call em squids.
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