I Love Parallel Twins
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Golly Whomper, Southeastern Seaboard
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Buckin' FRAME SLIDERS- A WARNING!
It is with a heavy heart and a bruised shoulder that I have to tell this tale of woe, and that I, was warned about those damned Ebay frame sliders and what could happen. Monday night 'bout 2130 Eastern time I was a half mile from my house when I rode upon a large buck whitetail deer standing on the right side of the road. I slowed down to view this magnificent beast and came to a complete stop about 10 yards from him, he didn't move. I yelled at him to move on and beeped my puny horn. What I didn't realize at the moment is that here in SC the deer are rutting already and this one had a mean streak. I let the clutch out and rolled past him at 5 mph figuring I'd just ease on by. Wrong. As I moved over into the left lane and my light wasn't blinding him any longer he put his head down and charged, catching my right leg mid thigh with his antler and was turned by the momentum of the bike forward and into the handlebars. I grabbed a handfull of front brake but we went down onto the bikes right side and I flipped head over and landed flat on my back. Ouch! my R shoulder was aching and after making sure no bones were protruding, I got up and surveyed my 9er. I went to pick it up and damn it was heavy and I keep slipping on the pavement but finally got it upright and on its stand. Pulled my little flashlight out of the tankbag and saw liquid in a puddle where it had been laying. I sure didn't want to do any more damage to the bike and my little light was really starting to go dim so I grabbed my backpack and started to limp home. Got the truck and my wife and we drove back down to the spot and it was there in the headlights that I knew my bike had died.
This is a warning to all who still have those FN ebay frame sliders bolted to the front motor mount, GET THEM OFF IMMEDIATELY! Those MF'ers cost me 20 dollars to buy but did $7000 bucks worth of damage as the Insurance man said that a hole in the engine is enough to total most any bike.
My Honda has a broken front brake lever, some scrapes on the bar end and the front turn signal lens had popped out. Almost like it just fell over but the forward momentum was just enough to twist that slider to pop a chunk out of the engine.
After realizing what had just happened, I started it up and rode it home, oil light flashing the whole way but what the hell, I knew it would be a total loss anyway.
Next day I took my son over to where it happened after football practice and the whole way home there is a stripe of Repsol oil leading to my garage.
I have removed my F-16 shield and brackets and anything else that was aftermarket except those stinking sliders, they can go!
Today it's Thursday and I finally feel like I could tell this story.
My body is bruised and blue and the man is coming to haul the bike away.
People, listen to what these folks are telling ya about those sliders, get them moved to the frame by the radiator or risk losing your ride!
I had been warned and now, you've been too!
Next week I will see about shopping for a replacement when I can lift my arm up chest high comfortably.
This weekend I am gonna hunt that buck. The corn feeder is already out and doing it's job.
Harleyville, South Carolina