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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-03-2010, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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I am trying to decide if I should purchase the hard saddlebag guards for my XR.

I know there can always be a slip of the foot or the chance of dropping in a slow speed turn.

Can anyone give me some advice on their experiences. If the bike has been dropped does it damage the bags.

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I hit a low spot when backing out on a angle at my daughters. I dropped the bike on it's side. The Floorboard held it off the crash bar and bags. I know why the FB's are so big.

I will still be adding the saddle bag guards for 2 reasons. 1) I think they look good and 2) more protection.
I would like to see a set on a bike, I might be able to make them a lot cheaper.

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I am trying to decide if I should purchase the hard saddlebag guards for my XR.

I know there can always be a slip of the foot or the chance of dropping in a slow speed turn.

Can anyone give me some advice on their experiences. If the bike has been dropped does it damage the bags.

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I got mine at my dealer when I purchased my XC. Way better than the Polaris ones, for sure + they look great

Here is their website: http://www.arizonavictory.com/
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That is the ones I am wanting

got a part number

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Smile saddlebag GUARDS

Just call the Phoenix store & ask for Kyle. Tell him you want the same ones that Jokerman has & he will fix you up!

And that is no joke!
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When I picked up my bike, I opted for the leather bags but kept the hard bag guards. The hard bag guards end at a point on the outside, where the soft bag guards wrap around and end by the exhaust. Just thought they looked better. Don't know if they offer the same protection, but it's all about looks, isn't it?

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When I picked up my bike, I opted for the leather bags but kept the hard bag guards. The hard bag guards end at a point on the outside, where the soft bag guards wrap around and end by the exhaust. Just thought they looked better. Don't know if they offer the same protection, but it's all about looks, isn't it?
I see you used to own BMW bikes......wondering if you could tell me how the cross bike handles compared to the bmw.....my choices were btwn the 2 bikes and I went with the cross.
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I see you used to own BMW bikes......wondering if you could tell me how the cross bike handles compared to the bmw.....my choices were btwn the 2 bikes and I went with the cross.
I came of a K13S, which is their sports cruiser. I never rode anything but this series and couldn't tell you anything about the different models. The K13S is way more a sport than a cruiser. It happens to be one of the top 5 fastest production bikes bikes being sold today, which is why I'm not on it anymore. I haven't grown up yet and I was spending way more time hunting sport bikes than enjoying time on the road. They are expensive to buy, but the high maintance costs are not the case. Sorry I couldn't help more.

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I like the guards is there a chance you could put a picture of the mounts without bags? I am thinking of making my own just because of budget and all.
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I got mine at my dealer when I purchased my XC. Way better than the Polaris ones, for sure + they look great

Here is their website: http://www.arizonavictory.com/
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A couple of thoughts...

Just this weekend I was riding and I'll make a very long story short, the bike dropped on the right side. Gently, but down nonetheless.

Damage report: I challenge anyone to find it. Very small scratch on the engine guard on the bottom side. Can only be seen if someone is on their hands and knees. The back of the bike came squarely on the lower, outside edge of the bag. Small scrape on the bottom side - again, hands and knees. I won't be doing anything to fix it as it would be a complete waste of money.

I'd buy the guards if I thought I wanted more chrome. To me, drops and fixes are a part of ownership.

Onto the second part - I came off a BMW K1200GT to XR. Two completely diffrent bikes. I sold the BMW because... of drops. It's a high riding bike that is top heavy and when it dropped, no matter how gentle, it was a $1,200 minimum repair. I'm much more comfortable, confident and relaxed on the XR with it's lower center of gravity. The BMW's have their bugs too, but they cost huge. Known fixed drive issues, fuel injection stuff and requiring a PHD to work on.

For the record, I've never, ever felt as if I was about to drop my XR. It dropped because I rode it across a low bridge here in Hill Country that had water running over it. Slick as ice. Basically, a bad decision to cross. Other than that, I love the bike.
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