Not to diminish the report in any way, but the reader needs to consider, when the study was done, the difference in equipment between then and now, who did the study, why they did the study, where they did the study. etc.. etc.
Which is exactly why I posted that one as well...the study was conducted from 1976-81 and you said your bar is from a 77 CB750.
Yeah, the study does not provide much in the way of details. Still, "relocating the injuries" really isn't an inspiring statement, blanketed as it may be.
One of my sources of information was a previous post by Shadowshack condemning crashbars. That post did get me to buy the strongest possible bar that I could find.
I am grateful for his post and information.
Happy to provide the insight.
Just to throw the details out in the open (for those who haven't seen it, or again for those who have
My incident entailed a mini-guard that barely extended beyond the footpegs, it was an early 90's product before the industry started using plated copper tubing (or at least that's about how durable the current crap is). I would have to speculate that material integrity was somewhere in the middle of these two eras. It folded over and pinned my foot to the peg.
> The bike weighed 600 pounds.
> I weighed 200 pounds.
> Together we had 800 pounds worth of mass factored into the momentum of the resulting slide and impact.
> My injuries were a dislocated shoulder and hip along with a sprained wrist and ankle. Road rash was minimal due to gear.
> The folding engine guard/crash bar (whatever nomenclature anyone wishes to tag it with) punctured the radiator which was otherwise safely sandwiched between a pair of frame tubes and never would have been damaged otherwise as the forks were intact (i.e. no front wheel collapsing into it). I'm convinced that if I was not on the bike and the guard folded the lower case cover would have been rashed.
> Separate, the bike would have cleared a path for me (i.e. me with 1/3 the momentum of the bike) and my injuries would have been less severe. The bike probably would not have impacted at the end either.
In the end it caused more harm --- both to myself and the machine --- than what would have transpired without it.