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My wife dropped her CTX four times so I decide to do something about future drops. It's been over a month in the works but the saddlebag guards are almost done. Several of us have dropped our bikes and damaged very expensive saddlebags. This post says the dealer sells each bag for $2200. http://www.ctx1300forum.com/forum/ap...idiculous.html
I hope to have some for sale by next week for $110 plus shipping. The pictures show things like hardware, front , side, top and rear view. As always, the guards are powder coated in satin black.
I also laid the bike over to show you how far it should drop if you have a mishap. The guards are made of 11ga. DOM steel and welded with TIG welder. They are very strong but only designed to withstand a drop and not an all out wreck. (I haven't tested a wreck and not interest in doing so). As always, comments are appreciated.
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Very similar in design to my ST1300 rear bars that I never got around to installing BUT they do NOT line up with the CTX or I would have put them on there. I would highly recommend these,, Since i already know how strong his foot peg brackets are. Plus think about it,, mount these and JUST IN CASE momma is on the back and you go down ,,,even a slow slide down as long as she does not freak these metal insurance bars may just preserve her legs
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Looks very good.
I would go so far as to say they will protect in certain kinds of crashes. Per my experience when I low sided going around a hairpin turn on my ST1100 at about 30 mph, the front tip over bar impacted first then the mirror cover was ripped off and the entire tail of the bike stayed up in the air until the bike bore into the sandy shoulder on the other side before the saddlebag finally laid down and slid a few feet in the sand. The ST slid on the front tip over bar and fairing for about 15 feet and the rear only touched in the last 3 feet maybe. These would have saved my ST1100 saddlebag from any damage at all in that case. As it was the damage to the bag wasn't bad enough to replace and most of the scuffing buffed or sanded out enough to not notice from the side of the road as I rode past at speed. I cannot say these would save the bags in any actual crash on the rear of the bike. They still will help to lessen the damage to the bags if the bike has to lay down in a crash.

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AWESOME! It looks like the exhaust touches when tipped is that correct @menosabe ?
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I love this as well. One question...looks like it may hinder the placement of the passenger's leg/foot. Have you tested that? Just curious if the passenger is still able to sit in the normal position without the guard being jammed in the back of their leg.

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AWESOME! It looks like the exhaust touches when tipped is that correct @menosabe ?
The first thing that touches is your foot pegs, followed by the exhaust and finally the saddlebag guard. The bike came to a stop when I laid it over in my test drop. The mirrors or handlebars never touched.
The scratches to the exhaust are on the underside and are not noticeable The purpose of the guards it to protect your expensive saddlebags and probably your more expensive leg.

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I love this as well. One question...looks like it may hinder the placement of the passenger's leg/foot. Have you tested that? Just curious if the passenger is still able to sit in the normal position without the guard being jammed in the back of their leg.
The answer is yes to both statements/questions. My wife sat on back and the boot heal is all that touches. So the back of leg will be touching the guard. The reason I designed guard like this is to follow a parallel like with the saddlebag. ( Aesthetically pleasing)
I will take a picture later this week of passenger sitting on back to help you make a decisions .
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will they mount reverse side so there is room for the rides leg
other wise great bars love them
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The smallest die I could buy for my bender is a 3" CLR (center line radius) which means 6" center to center on a 180 deg. bend. The bottom mount has to go right next to the saddlebag arm connection point. I might be able to get an extra 1/2" on the upper portion to shift towards the back of bike. But that's it.
Here are pictures of my wife sitting on the back seat. She said the front seat is more fun. For those who are going double up I think the best fit to make your lady happy would be to get the mini floorboards and put then on the passenger pegs.
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