I had WoodCraft frame sliders on my '07 GSXR, and they did provide the necessary protection on low speed get-offs or accidental tip-overs (..and helping to avoid scratching up the fairings). With that being said, I'd probably have a hard time cutting into my Ducati fairings. On the flipside, if the work is clean (..as it was on my GSXR; work performed by the late Rider's Inc. in Canoga Park), then it won't look bad. I'm not a fan of no-cut sliders because I've seen bad things occur because of them. To each their own however. Good luck!
P.S. MultiDoc, can you provide more info on the "under the bodywork" SpeedyMoto product?
I vote to cut for the frame sliders. Having had my 848 go down in a low speed low-side, it would have been done to have the sliders.
I don't think you are ruining the value of the bike. Rash down the side that could have been avoided, certainly does.
The tail piece, is $1200.
The belly pan is almost $600. The center side panel is around $500.
The damage adds up fast. I would rather have a small but nice and professional hole cut and a quality frame slider, than to shell out a couple grand for new plastics.
But if you want to be a Ducati purist and see a little hole as blasphemy, then by all means, don't protect the bike.
Exactly. Frame Sliders are so common today that nobody gives them a second thought. Nobody is going to offer you $500 less for your bike because it has frame sliders installed.+1. I mean, I thought that was the point of sliders in the first place, to protect body work and hardware in the case of the annoying tip overs and low speed incidents. With higher speed stuff you're pretty much screwed no matter what. I've never understood the point of the under bodywork slider.
Noticed you had a hayden Edition as well. Did you install cut sliders?Exactly. Frame Sliders are so common today that nobody gives them a second thought. Nobody is going to offer you $500 less for your bike because it has frame sliders installed.
Just make sure that it is done very nicely. Measure several times to make sure they are perfect, and fit a nice large rubber grommet into the hole to really clean it up and make it look like it came from the factory that way.
Here you go:P.S. MultiDoc, can you provide more info on the "under the bodywork" SpeedyMoto product?