If an unprotected motorcycle falls over, usually something will break or at least be damaged - levers, panels, panniers but hopefully nothing fluid-filled. Thankfully the engineers have come up with those fuse-like indents so the lever may snap, but the bike is still rideable.
Years ago I dropped my GSX-R750 and snapped the lever like that. I filed the end of the lever smooth and drilled a hole through near the end, tapped a thread and inserted a rounded Allen head bolt so my little finger was secure. I preferred it to the original and it was shorter than the bar end weight so was unlikely to ever hit the ground again.
Lots of riders fit Barkbusters as Tripod suggests, but also crash bars and bash plates and the like because if you are riding on dirt regularly there is a high chance of the bike hitting the ground whether moving or stationary.
Peter - Newcastle, Australia
Yamaha Super Tenere
Triumph Tiger 800
Honda Valkyrie 1800
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