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Fact or Fiction: Frame Sliders and Case Covers
by Staff
Installed properly, frame sliders can protect your engine and the frame of your bike itself, whether in a drop or a sliding accident. Let's see how much you really know about how frame sliders and case covers work!

Sliders can damage the engine or fairings, which are covered by insurance anyway. You're better off worrying about your own safety than worrying about cheap safety measures that may end up costing you more in damages.

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Frame sliders are a cheap alternative to crash cages and similar built-in accessories that protect both bike and rider.

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You're more likely to be thrown free of your bike in a high-side accident, because you'll go over the handlebars.

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Case covers are most important on a sport-riding track because of the danger of oil or gas spills.

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Higher-priced frame slider systems are a better deal, because puck quality has a great impact on what happens during a crash. Don't skimp on slider pucks any more than you would your personal safety equipment.

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For most frame slider systems, it's necessary to pay for custom installation. After all, you're paying for safety measures -- and one wrong move with a drill could ruin your custom finish!

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The most important parts of the engine are already protected in the engine block.

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Case covers are inexpensive for a reason: They're easily damaged and mostly for chrome looks and cosmetic effect.

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Since frame sliders are of minimal importance to everyday operation of the machine, it's important they be as subtle and minimal as possible in appearance. You don't want to get your jeans caught on a peg in the middle of a ride.

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Case covers are meant to minimize the likelihood of explosions from leaked engine fluids.

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