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I always like highway bars on my bikes

I do not know how new I am since I have ridden bikes for most of my life but I did have a new experience that I hope someone can benefit from my story. I recently bought a used Vn900 that is really a great bike. I have put over 1000 miles on her the last 2 months. Long story short I have not put highway bars on her yet. All was fine until it drizzled a little rain before I left my job. I stopped at a red light and watched the light change and traffic stop, I started across the intersection and apparently found an oily spot with water on it. It threw the bike on my left leg and the bones broke in three places and it dented my tank. I had all my leathers on and my full face helmet so other than a scrape on my knee and a broken leg I am fine. When I put her back together, there will be a highway bar.

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Sorry about your unfortunate incident, Rider_otStorm. I'm damn happy to have highway bars on my 2K...and damn happy I have not used 'em (yet?)!

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Yeah, big fan of Highway Bars.

I remember years back when everyone called 'em Crash Bars...which of course is what they are. But folks just didn't like the way that sounded.

Glad you and the bike are OK.

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Highway bars and driving lights are must haves on any bike I ride.
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I have lived in this area most of my life, come to think about it, my wife kissed me for the first time within 50 feet of the crash site. There might be something strange going on around this spot!

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I want to get bars as soon as $$ allows.Before I had Mr. Spock 2 weeks,I already got some scratches and a bent mirror on the bike,and several dents in my car.

I didn't even drop Mr. Spock tho.I was backing my other bike into the corner of the garage,close beside Mr. Spock,and dropped the other bike onto him,which dominoed him into the car.

The Hondooly was pretty much lying upside down on top of Mr. Spock,which was wedged against the car.

Anyway,that's why I wanna get crash bars,cause I've dropped the Honda many times just putting it in the garage,and come real close to dropping the Vulcan many times already

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Really sorry to hear about your accident and especially the broken leg. I hope it heals up quick. Highway bars are very good but, a neighbor of mine got clipped by a car headed in the opposite direction. The highway bar wrapped around his foot and crushed it. If he would not have had highway bars, he would "probably" had little to no injuries. This was a freak and unusual accident so I'd still put highway bars on.

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Last year I went around a corner on a side street and just as I started into the turn I saw the sand on the road. I almost got the bike stopped before the front wheel went out from under it and it literally just fell over. Thanks to the crash bars and oversized saddlebags, the bike didn't get a scratch and my leg didn't get mashed.
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come on , you ppl are not bikers till you went down with your bike, there are 2 kinds of motorcycle riders, those who have gone down and those who will, i've gone down but the bike was not moving or barely moving, so my time will come someday, but right now I don't want crash bars, you can be gentle and call them highway bars, but let's be honest, they are for when you crash so call em what they are, crash bars

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