Whether on the street or track, how beneficial are frame sliders for your motorcycle?
Let's make one thing clear, no one can predict exactly where and how a crash will occur. From weather and road conditions, to motorcycle speed and form, there are too many variables that make each crash or drop slightly different and unpredictable. However, we will cover a few points that will help you in determining how frame sliders are right for you and your riding style.
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Quick intro to Sliders
Sliders are meant to do exactly what the name implies, slide. The smoother the pavement or tarmac, the smoother your motorcycle will slide. The major impact and damage of a crash should be absorbed primarily by quality sliders by creating points of contact on the ground lifting your bike far enough to avoid damage on the body and critical components. However, the few major points of contact created by sliders create a concern on softer ground where they can potentially grab and cause a more violent crash.
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Protecting your bike
Motorcycles alone lie fairly flat on their sides. The more surface area on the ground, the better their ability to slow down in the case of a crash. The necessary damage that a motorcycle's body and chassis would have to undergo to slowdown however can be devastating.
Slider are mounted on strategic points across a bike's frame. Sliders themselves are designed to disperse the impact of drops and crashes throughout the frame and solid areas of a bike such as the engine department.
Well designed and motorcycle specific sliders will raise a bike far enough to protect crucial components such as the chassis and internals while maintaining the bike as low as possible to avoid its tendency to flip and roll.
Now, are frame sliders good or bad?
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Our frame sliders come in two different puck lengths depending on a rider's riding styles and needs.
Ideal for everyday use
Typical motorcycle enjoyment includes city commuting which consists of an average riding speed of 30mph and maximum 60mph (for the most part). These riding conditions typically do not include soft ground and therefore sliders that maintain your bike higher off the ground lead to better protection. From an accidental drop, to a low-speed crash, sliders with slightly longer puck offer extra protection for day to day use. From protecting the basics such as engine covers, fairings, and shift levers; you will be glad you invested on quality sliders.
Ideal for track day
Higher speed crashes can lead to more unpredictable outcomes. Sliders that protrude only slightly more than your bike's width will ensure that your bike is as low as possible but high enough to do their job without bending or snapping.
Regardless of your riding intentions and style, great quality sliders that grab just enough surface area on the road will provide optimal protection for your bike.
Types of Frame Sliders
The ideal location for a frame slider is directly on the engine mount bolts which allows for better dispersion of shock load. Frame slider installation is fairly straightforward on many, but not all bikes. Installation becomes an issue as bike fairing on some models block this mounting point and require either a modification on the fairing or a mount for the slider itself. This brings us to the topic of "cut" or "no cut" style frame sliders.
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CUT-type sliders will require a user to cut a hole on a bike's fairing to allow access to the recommended mounting point.
NO CUT-type sliders include a bracket that is specific for each model's bodywork and require no modification for installation. A proper mount typically bolts to two locations providing a solid foundation for a frame slider. These brackets however act as a lever and can cause damage to mounting points on impact.
For those riders that love their OEM fairing, "no cut" frame sliders are the way to go. For those that love a bare-bone style bike or that are willing to slightly modify the look of their bike in exchange for higher quality protection, "cut" frame sliders are ideal.
Frame Slider anatomy
Most quality frame sliders are constructed from a press-fit plastic to metal sleeve and fastened with bold and washer. In order for a slider to perform as intended, it should provide rigid strength while offering enough resistant cushion. Effectiveness lies in the balance between the two, absorbing the impact while enduring friction punishment.
An all-metal slider will typically endure more friction punishment but will also transfer more impact directly to the frame whereas plastic sliders will wear faster as they skim the ground but will absorb more impact. Quality sliders provide motorcycles with the best of both worlds with a design that reduces conflicts in contact points of materials.
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Alpha Vitesse Approach
Our frame sliders offer patented designs that incorporate the attributes of various materials into one package while conserving their integrity. We offer "cut" and "no cut" style frame sliders and short and tall pucks depending on the user's requirements. For more information, check out our Frame Slider page.