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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-27-2018, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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What breaks when you Drop 2018 Voyager 1700

Hello,

Just wondering....

Are the engine guards and saddlebag guard enough to stop the bike from breaking or scratching anything if you go down doing low speed maneuvers?

I just bought a 2018 and plan on practicing slow U Turns, tight circles, weaving, swerving, figure 8's, locking the handle bars, scraping the boards.....

Wondering if i should drop it, what will hit? Will the guards be enough to protect it? Makes diff... If i know it will pretty much be protected, I'll try much harder and not be so scared to drop it..
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Probably clutch/front brake handles. Possibly mirrors.
You will get a few scratches, I have seen plenty with minor scratches on the saddlebags.

Good luck with your slow speed practicing, I just finished a fun session with the group I ride with and it was murder on my clutch(make sure you take a few breaks during the run). Only 1 bike dropped and he lost the tip of his clutch handle.

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Yes, my current bike that I'm trading in is a V Star 950 about 230 lbs lighter. And sometimes i've had to put my foot down when doing some practice. I have not dropped it yet, since there is nothing to protect saddlebags.

I don't think i will be able to stop a 890lb bike from going over... I think i'll start with circles going tighter and tighter.
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How tight do you think a voyager should be able to turn? 18' ? Similar to Road Glide Ultra's?
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How tight do you think a voyager should be able to turn? 18' ? Similar to Road Glide Ultra's?
My Vaquero turns about19.5' with the steering locked. I was working with a 20' U turn box and could just barely make it.
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Wow, that's a tight turn, Steve!

As for what gets scratched when you drop the bike, take it from me (2016 Vaquero, been down twice):

First time was some a$$hole in a parking lot *at work* who must've sat on it, stood it up, realized the bars were locked, and dropped it. Then his buddies put it back upright and walked away. Only damage were two slight scratches on the frame and engine guards.

Second was this past July, when I went down at 35-40mph. Damage was more extensive:

1. Left mirror
2. All 4 guards (bike slid on its left side, pirouetted and flipped over on its right side)
3. Both saddlebag handles
4. One saddlebag lid
5. Clutch lever broke (there's a relief cut into it so you can ride home after a spill)
6. Both mufflers (try as I might, I still haven't found where they are scratched up)
7. Outer fairing (4" scratch)
8. Both floorboard supports and edges of floorboards

That's all I can remember getting damaged. I would look online for plastic guard covers - I know they make them for Harleys (I saw a guy in a recent course had them on his Road King). They were $30 or so, and cover the corners on all the guards.

If you do scrape up the guards, they're about $250/side for the parts (frame and engine guard).

Hope this helps!

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well lets hope i never have to find out what will scratch. Don't want to drop it. But At the same time, i want to practice to be proficient at slow speed maneuvers
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well lets hope i never have to find out what will scratch. Don't want to drop it. But At the same time, i want to practice to be proficient at slow speed maneuvers
I recently took the Skilled Rider Course at one of the local HD dealers - well worth it! Got to practice (and for me, learn how to do) the slow-speed stuff I have always been afraid of. Big boost in confidence and low-speed ability, and I managed to not drop the bike.

FWIW, the 3 HD riders in the course all dropped their bikes, once per bike, during the course.

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