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Old 11-24-2012, 11:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So while I am in progress doing my repairs on my 84 vt700c, I was wondering...

anyone have suggestions for engine guards? The bike laid down on its left side, the damage was relatively minor, all things considered, but I still had to deal with a busted up gearshifter/bent gearshift spindle. I've been looking around on youtube and have seen a few people use what looks like studs drilled into the frame, but I also am under the impression that can damage your frame, which can be much worse than damaging the engine.

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Old 11-25-2012, 06:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Lots of engine guards/highway bars to choose from. I put a pair of National Cycle Paladin bars on my bike. Cobra seems to be a very popular brand too. The Lindby Linbar has "foot pegs" built into the bar. That was my second choice but I liked the look of the Paladin bar better (more compact).

I should add . . . everything bolted right up, using the existing foot peg bracket mounts and a U-bolt on the top end. No drilling or customized installation. Took me under 30 minutes to do the complete install, and I like to take my time.

2009 Honda Shadow Spirit 750
-Mustang Seat & Backrest
-Memphis Shades Windshield & Lowers
-Saddlemen Highwayman Saddlebags
-National Cycle Paladin Highway Bars
-Show Chrome Accessories Radiator Cover
-Kuryakyn ISO Pegs (Driver & Passenger)
-Kuryakyn ISO Grips
-Honda Luggage Rack and Sissybar
-Honda Saddlebag Supports

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Old 11-25-2012, 06:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a Cobra bar on my Sabre. It mounted in existing holes, that were there from the factory. No drilling required.

2000 Shadow Sabre VT1100 C2

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Old 11-25-2012, 07:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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And they are all the same whether called crash bars, highway bars or engine guards. I do remember one web site cautioning that no matter what the name, they really aren't designed to "protect" your bike in a crash, more to add accessories like foot pegs and lights.

here's a video from Cruiser Customizing on Highway Bars:

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Old 11-25-2012, 09:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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IMO you can't go wrong with Cobra. Above average quality at a reasonable price.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Had OEM engine guard (crash bar, highway bar, etc) on my 83 VT750 (sig pic) and they bolted to existing holes.

Although I never dropped it, it showed evidence of a hard spill while riding from PO and it did it's job - protected the left side of the engine/shifer, etc. Was a hard enough hit to bend it back far and dimple the exhaust pipe, and although it was mostly straightened back out, I suspect damage would have been much worse w/o it.

Don't think you can find aftermarket ones for these vintage Shadows, but the OEM ones show up occassionally eBay/CL (PRICEY).

Wish I had removed mine before I sold the bike as I'm sure I would have gotten the same price for the bike w/o them and could have easily sold them for $100-150!

Good luck in your search!

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87 VT700 - sold.
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