Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Johnson City, TN
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The frame sliders good/bad debate has been a long discussed one. From what I've seen/heard, the sliders are awesome in the event of a lowside that doesn't leave the pavement. On the RC51 it will do it's job and keep the radiator from being destroyed and most likely the bike will be rideable. You also need to factor in speed and how hard the impact with the ground is. Once the bike leaves the road into deep gravel or grass esp. uneven ground, they can catch and tear off or cause the bike to highside. Usually at that level, the bike was done anyways. I would suggest against any slider that doesn't bolt directly on (not an issue with the RC, but on other common sportbikes they have the "no cut" sliders) as the bracket is the weak point usually. From my small lowside years back and most of my buddies', they have done their job. They are not there to save your fairings, they do however protect the frame/engine/hard parts.
Long story short, they are great in MOST lowsides.