First up Guys, this post is about crash knobs. I organised a service for my ZX-14 while I was over here in Adelaide (thanks to emsie and edgelett for hooking me up with the local crowd who told me where I should take it.) While it was getting its 12k service I thought I should get some crash knobs for the bike to try help protect the fairing. I was talking to the mechanic about it and his point of view was that crash knobs are only really any good for track work and very low speed drops. When I asked him why he told me that he gets a lot of insurance jobs through his shop and has noticed that a lot of bikes that are dropped at a reasonable speeds have had damage caused by the crash knobs. The damage is usually in the form of bent or broken engine mounts ( no drill type mounting) or frame damage. In either case the insurance assessor will take one look at it and write the bike off !! The damage is caused by the high tensile bolt that holds the knob on, becoming a lever when the crash knob catches on a gutter, man hole cover or the like. he reckoned that this is less likely to happen when you drop it on the track. I just thought I should ask the forum what their experience of crash knobs has been, whether they have dropped the bike, the circumstances and how much (if any) damage was done by the bits that are there to protect the fairing. OZ P.S. Loving the Adelaide hills. Chain of ponds is a hoot, and all roads lead to lobethel !!