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can someone please explain to this n00b what frame sliders are/do?
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My Cycle Cats should be in today :) Just in time for snow!
 

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On superbikes they're the thingies that stick through the fairing. They do what the name says, protect your frame by "sacrificing" themselves in case of a crash, it's a common misconception that they're to protect your fairing (if you have one).

I, like Strati, have the Cycle Cats on my Monster. They look a bit goofy on a naked bike but several crash tests on my slider-equipped R6 have convinced me that they're a nice thing to have.

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where is the best place to buy Cycle Cat sliders?
 
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i got mine through the local ducati shop... costs the same and helping out the local store at the same time.
 
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Chris Kelley at california cycleworks can set you up. It took about 20 minutes to install.
 

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A mechanic at my dealer, said that they were pretty useless for a monster, since there is no body work, and the frame is almostipossible to hit - the tank is too big. Will they help save the tank? Does not look that way too me.

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I do have to admit that when I first put on my frame sliders i really didn't like the look. THey do look a bit goofy on a nake monster. But after a couple of weeks they are really starting to grow on me. So I figure that it is probably worth it to keep them on.
 

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Yup, and today I found out that the Cycle Cats make for excellent highway pegs ;D That rear-set-equipped S4 is the most uncomfortable bike I've ever been on...

Just felt the need to address the person who said the slider's wouldn't protect the tank at all: maybe so. But they'd do a wonderful job of protecting my waterpump, clutch cover, possibly the radiator, and actually, probably the tank, even, as long as the bike didn't flip. They are definitely a worthwhile investment (now if only Cycle Cat would offer them at a rate comparable to what Intuitive charges the Ricer crowd).

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My S4 has cycle cat sliders and two weeks after I put them on someone pushed over my bike on the kickstand side (yes, it was pushed over by a person, not a car). What could have been thousands of dollars worth of damage (tank, water pump, radiator, carbon fiber pipes, rear set) was limited to a scrape on the frame slider and a scrape on the bar end. That was it! Not a scratch in the paint or even a smudge on the carbon fiber pipes! My sliders have already paid for them selves. Going down at speed should be about the same vertical distance for a drop. As long as the sliding monster doesn't hit somthing the damage should be about the same, maybe less since a low side is usually while your already half way to the ground!

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A mechanic at my dealer, said that they were pretty useless for a monster, since there is no body work, and the frame is almostipossible to hit - the tank is too big. Will they help save the tank? Does not look that way too me.
Frame sliders might protect something in a parking lot tipover, but I don't see how they can do any good at speed. My bike went down at somewhere between 40 and 50 mph and there were no scratches on the frame and no scratches on the engine. I'm pretty sure the controls would have received similar damage. Any ugliness on the frame or engine in this photo was caused by battery acid.

 
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I'm with borg girl on this one if it saves one piece of carbon fiber on my bike then its paid for itself. Bonus if saves the bike at speed.
 

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I can see Scott's point. However, the S4 has lots of other stuff hanging off the engine like the water pump and radiator which I'm pretty sure would get crunched or shaved off if the bike went down and slid on the left side. I agree that the bar end and controls would most likely take some damage. I do think that the sliders would protect the rear sets but with that kind of slide I would guess the pipes would take some damage....

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Have any of you w/ frame sliders considered adding swingarm sliders? I haven't crash tested them but I have a set installed on my S4. I see it as cheap insurance
 
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