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How dangerous is it to ride without a front sprocket cover (I'm thinking bad idea)? I'm installing Woodcraft rearsets and because of the longer shift rod I either have to discard or perform surgery on the front sprocket cover. The other option is to buy a new shifter and use a reverse shift pattern. This would allow me to keep the stock shift rod. I'm not sure if I want to cut up the cover, but I also don't know if I want to reverse the pattern either (= $pend more money on a new shift pedal). Discuss....

I also have a kick ass install guide for the rearsets if anyone is interested. The instructions that come from Woodcraft are mediocre at best.
 

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there isn't a racer in the world that uses the front cover, don't worry about it. Worry about the bottom chain run near the rear sprocket.

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but racers don't wear ratted up blue jeans and tennis shoes either... I'm not saying it a problem, but there's a distinct difference in attire and the dangers they pose.

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there isn't a racer in the world that uses the front cover, don't worry about it. Worry about the bottom chain run near the rear sprocket.

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I usually ride with my Alpinestars, and my jeans aren't that ratted up. The new rearsets actually keep your feet pretty far away from the sprocket/counter shaft.
 

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I think you missed my point. The pinch point of the lower chain run at the rear sprocket is completly un guarded, and in a get off can cut off your toes. On my race bikes I added a piece of alum angle to the bottom edge of the swing arm to prevent this . Given the gyrations that you go through in a crash. having you foot find it's way into that spot is a all too real possability.

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FOG said:
I think you missed my point. The pinch point of the lower chain run at the rear sprocket is completly un guarded, and in a get off can cut off your toes. On my race bikes I added a piece of alum angle to the bottom edge of the swing arm to prevent this . Given the gyrations that you go through in a crash. having you foot find it's way into that spot is a all too real possability.

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Very true. I actually see a bunch of those thingers (very technical term, i know) on other race bike pics. i think they're called shark fins. To get your foot stuck there would be... well gory is the word that comes to mind. I was merely thinking of a stray shoelace or pant leg that might get thrown into the top of the front sprocket from turbulence or something. that could turn out pretty gory as well, and if not gory, then your pants or shoes are gonna get all jacked up. better my shoes than my leg. Still, i'd venture to say that the chances of that happening are very slim almost at zero, so I'd say it's still pretty safe. I totally agree that one should worry more about the rear sprocket. the front is tucked away pretty good anyway.
 

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I've had my shoelace get caught in the front sprockt of my pedal bike before. I'd really hate to think what would have happened if that was my motorcycle.
 

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I've had my shoelace get caught in the front sprockt of my pedal bike before. I'd really hate to think what would have happened if that was my motorcycle.
Yes it would cut your shoelace.

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FOG said:
Super Sneaky Steve said:
I've had my shoelace get caught in the front sprockt of my pedal bike before. I'd really hate to think what would have happened if that was my motorcycle.
Yes it would cut your shoelace.

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Yeah... the shoelace is puny enough & the chain moving fast enough that it seems unlikely it could yank w/ enough force to pull your foot/shoe into it.

Now for those of you using aramid shoelaces... maybe leave the cover on, eh?
 

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Any body have picture of these rear chain guards? It sounds like something worth doing, what with my personal attachment to my toes. Also, I've recently seen some sweet looking billet machined front sprocket covers. I've thought about machining up my own, that way it'll fit perfectly, and it can be made to fit whatever rear set/shift rod combination I may be using. Oh yeah, and I can make blingin' like nobodys business.
 

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i would def invest in an oem replacement... racers who dont use them dont have to worry about rocks and randome stuff on their course that could get caught in the front sprocket... we (street riders) do have to worry about that stuff
 

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Shoot... if you have some toes to spare it's no big deal.
 
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