Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Springfield, OH
The bodywork isn't really essential. But if you crash, you are more likely to do more damage without them. Frame sliders will help though, so I'd recommend investing in them, and some beefier bar ends. I had a set of swingarm spools on my Gixxer when I wrecked it, and they actually held up pretty well, and kept my swingarm from getting messed up. But I've also seen them snap off on impact, so don't rely on them, since that's not really their purpose.
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