ProGuards Crash Bar Protectors
That one little glitch in the fabric of time and space can have a lasting effect on your pride and joy. I am talking about scratched chrome. Scratched chrome acts like a virus that morphs into rusted metal and unsightly blemishes. So we have two factors that clash: chrome “crash bars” on our bikes, and the known fact that a drop can happen to anyone. What do we do to mitigate the damage?
ProGuards Inc. must have asked that very question. Their solution is the ProGuards Crash Bar Protectors. ProGuards Inc. sent me a set for my 2006 Street Glide to test out. The package included the left and right guard for the front “crash bars” and the right and left saddle bag guards. The material is a black, durable feeling polypropelene. Simple…I like simple.
Let’s break it down.
Installation: Since I only have the front “crash bars” on my Street Glide, I will refer only to the installation of that portion of the supplied product. Literally 5 seconds to install. The product slips over the bars and holds secure. No cussing, no sweating like a fat man in Arizona, and no busted knuckles. I like.
Secure fit: I rode with these guards on my bike for weeks at speeds that may or may not have been in accordance local laws. During this time, I simulated my foot slipping off the highway peg, in an attempt to see if the guard could be easily knocked off with force from varying directions. The product stayed in place no matter how much wind or force was applied.
Durability: The package says “Guaranteed Unbreakable”. Normally this challenge would be accepted out of spite but for the sake of a realistic test I toned it down a bit. Using the saddle bag guards that were included in the retail kit, I set out on an abrasion test. The abrasion test included a weighted (265lbs) drag on concrete and asphalt for a distance of 2 feet in 1 second. Both tests resulted in nominal scratches on the materials. The overall thickness of the product wall was not compromised. Next came the impact test with the help of a 3lb maul. I beat on the guards, on various substrates, enough to make me sweat like a fat man in Arizona (my personal metric for annoying workload) to try to crack the material. The guards bounced back with no failure in the material. For all intents and purposes, “Unbreakable”.
My personal input: At first I was confused by the concept of protecting chrome by covering it up. I have chrome to be seen, not cover up. After many weeks of going to events and rides, not one person noticed the guards on my bike. This made me believe that the guards are more inconspicuous than I originally thought. I have kept them on since starting the testing.
For those who still have an issue of covering up your chrome with these guards, the easy installation allows you to take advantage of the benefits ProGuards provide at your convenience. Say you are going to follow Monkey Butt Radio advice and take one of the many riding courses available (all of you should be doing this). Say you are going to up your game and take an intermediate or advanced course requiring you to ride your own bike. Get a pair of these guards, slip them on and feel secure in knowing that if you drop your bike during the training, you are protected. Your chrome does not need a case of herpes.
Overall, ProGuards does exactly what it says and they are made in the USA. ProGuards provides a solution to a specific, common problem faced by new riders and experienced riders of both genders. What more can you ask for? Check out the ProGuard website for a video of the owner of ProGuards dropping his bike, on purpose, to show the faith he has in his product.
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Monkey Butt Radio. A former United States Marine and Harley Davidson test rider who loves riding solo on the open road. Biggus lives in Glendale, AZ with his wife and their 9 rescue animals.