For anyone out there that thinks that engine guards are unnessecary, check this out. I'm using a 20'x20' tent for a temporary garage right now to restore an old ford van. Last night it started raining, so I put my bike inside the tent. I got about 15 feet away from the tent when I heard a loud crash. I went back in to find my bike laying on the engine guard that I put on a couple months ago. The mirror hit the side of the van and was destroyed, but if it weren't for the engine guard, I'd be looking for a new tank and whatever else would have hit the ground. I only got a couple scratches on my highway pegs and the guard. The ground is on a pretty good slope, and I guess I didn't have the kickstand all the way down. Or it just rolled off of it. It sucks, but it could've been worse. I know... I need to wash my bike..