Seems that 2 brands available in Australia, R&G and Evotech, which don't require fairing modification to install. Any views on which are better?
If you ride on track, GB racing is the best option as they don't stick out too much.Thanks. It seems the GB Racing sliders require the fairing to be modified. I'll check Gilles but may be unavailable in Australia.
Frame sliders are a two-edged sword. You are correct that they can cause more damage by catching hard surfaces, causing the bike to flip and/or bend the frame.Wings are carbon and crack immediately on contact. Sticking out frame sliders is a bad thing, as they can stuck into uneven surface when bike slides causing it to flip making more damage.
Catchey surface in track is grass and/or hard rocks that is all over the place ...Frame sliders are a two-edged sword. You are correct that they can cause more damage by catching hard surfaces, causing the bike to flip and/or bend the frame.
They certainly mitigate damage in drops and normal lower-speed lowsides. Hard/catchey surfaces are rare in track environments, so they also help there. Higher speed crashes on the street are pot luck it seems.
I have both R&G sliders and engine case covers on my RR. In almost 200K miles, I've never crashed a bike, but this must have a good bit of luck component to it. I know that as I put more track and street miles on with increased aggressiveness, crashes are inevitable, and I've bet that protective gear, both for the bike and me, will be net beneficial.
It's relative. Tracks don't have raised curbs, shrubs and trees, level changes at the edge of the track, etc. that tend to be more catchy where the downside of frame sliders show themselves. Many continue smooth asphalt beyond the track boundary before getting into dirt/gravel.Catchey surface in track is grass and/or hard rocks that is all over the place ...