I suppose they would lessen the damage in the event of a spill. Your gonna walk away with damage if the bike ever goes down, the idea is minimalize the damage. But more than that they are great for use as foot pegs, for giving your feet another position on longer commutes/trips while slabbing it somewhere. I kick my legs up and relax. Probably not as comfy as a cruiser but at least with them it gives your legs another option to stretch out for a bit. I use it quite a bit on my CB1000R.Stupid question but is there any point in frame sliders on a f?