Well, the Engine Guards and Frame Guards Work!
Yesterday, I showed my new 2016 Vaquero to a coworker at 11am, and got on it to ride home a little after 4pm. When I got home, I used spray detailer to clean off some light dust and dirt before putting the cover on.
While I was detailing, I noticed some good scratches on the engine guard, frame guard, and a tiny scratch on the floorboard on the right side (side opposite of the kickstand). Looked to be impact scratches. Also, there is a tiny scratch on the front brake lever. Fork was locked to the left.
No marks on the road in front of my house, so I rode back to work, and sure enough, there are black marks from the powdercoating on the ground. Measured, and they line up with the guards on the bike.
Nobody saw anything, of course, but a closer inspection of the bike did not reveal any damage to the left / kickstand side of the bike, so it appears some a**hole sat on my bike, stood it up, realized the fork was locked, and dumped it. Stood it back up, and walked away.
Hard to believe, since where it was parked is out in the open, and there were people working on the house I park at.
Point of the story: A zero-mph drop, and the only real damage is some scratches on those guards - good design by Kawasaki!
2016 Vaquero (mostly stock)
2005 VN800B Bobber (Blue Collar Bobbers kits)