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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-21-2005, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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cowl sliders

has anyone ever seen or heard of cowl sliders? I haven't heard or seen them. I'm talking about the area next to the headlights that always hits the ground if your bike goes down. I sent an e-mail to speedwerks about this possibly becoming a new product, if not already. I'm thinking it should be like an adhesive type thing that will just stick on with no drilling. By putting them on you won't have to worry about your cowl getting scraped. It will be one less thing you have to buy if you go down. Cheap but effective. I would like to know if you would buy a pair. I'm thinking they will be made to match whatever factory paint job you have, or carbon fiber or something like that. It's just an idwa I had. Let me know if you've heard of them or not. Laters
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-21-2005, 07:03 PM
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I think its a great idea.... sure wish I would have had them on my bike when it went down!




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Hey people, I'm seriously thinking about creating this product so the more votes I get the easier it will make for me to decide if I want to or not. VOTE VOTE VOTE.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-22-2005, 11:08 PM
 
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do it i bet you would have a lot of bussiness for here alone!
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-22-2005, 11:27 PM
 
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I like to see people come up with new ideas. My brother and I have 17 patents between us, all for building construction. My 1990 CBR1000 was one of the first to come with "frame sliders" from the factory. It has replaceable plastic pucks on the ignition covers and plastic strips on the side fairings.

The cowling on mine has the mirrors attached to the side. The thin metal frame under the mirrors supports the cowling and attaches to the main frame. The mirrors would probably absorb any crash to the side. Actually, my mirrors have hit against my vehicles and garage door frame untold times, but the cowling hasn't been harmed yet.

I'm playing Devil's Advocate, so don't let me stop you. But it really helps to look at all angles of your idea. Look at some crashed bikes and see where the damage is located. The bikes that I have seen that went down always had a scratched exhaust can. I've scratched my stock exhaust on just about everything in my garage. That may be another place to put your protection idea.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-22-2005, 11:37 PM
 
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Well, I would think that just attaching something to the plastic would only prevent the plastic from getting scratched in a soft fall, but would still allow the plastic to crack if the fall was harder than a driveway drop. And I agree with No Worries, the exhaust can get scratched on ANYTHING.
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-23-2005, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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Just buy an undertail exhaust system. Good point guys, THIS IS THE FEEDBACK i WAS HOPING TO GET.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-10-2006, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Bump. There's a lot more people here now so I thought I'd bump this. You can thank ebbs15's heated blade post.

I did some looking into it. It cost too much to develop it...for me anyway.

Sorry. The poll is closed, though.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-10-2006, 05:46 PM
 
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... my thinking is contagious... you should come in... get a shot for that

I think it's a good idea... though like you said... maybe expensive to develop... but you can always watch the late night TV and call the INVENTORS HOTLINE!

I do think you'd be on to something if you could protect the exhaust though... something that wouldn't be harmed by the heat... maybe like pucks that attach at the ends (on the sides where the rivits are)
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-10-2006, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well, my bike has been down twice alrerady and the cowl hasn't cracked. The sliders would be fairly cheap. I mean, most of us have frame sliders, but the plastixcs still get damaged. Yes, I know they're there to protect the frame mostly. Spend like 30 bucks on something that might help isn't taking too much of a risk. The exhaust sliders would be real cool, but the extra "layers" would mean that the pipe has less to travel to come in contact w/ the ground and might mess up soething up front, like the header or something. I don't know. I just got my CRG roll-a-click levers in and I'm gonna go test fit 'em at the shop.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-10-2006, 07:52 PM
 
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Depends on the lenth

There are many sliders out there that will protect the bike from scraping onthe ground to protecting the exhaust. Many plastic ones dont have sufficeint length as does the aluminum ones. then tere are the chrome ones that really stick out the most and also costs more. In this department, I have to admit size matters.
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