Not sure about the fitment as you should get the right model bars to match the year of your bike. As for laying down protection, I have set the bike down (nobody likes to admit that but you asked)
on the bars twice and the bike rests nicely on the bars and the angle of the bike is such that you can lift it up yourself, although you will strain a nut doing so...damn X is a beast. Anyways, great protection and mounted very securely to the frame top and bottom alike.
2005 VTX 1800F Spec 1, Candy Black Cherry w/Ultimate Midrider seats, Kury iso grips, Kury pilot pegs & passenger floorboards, 6" Aeromach risers, Cobra Angled Slashcut exhaust, Cobra Fi2000R, Kury Pro-R HC, PAIR & desmog, LeatherLyke bags, National Switchblade w/s & crash bars, Cobra chrome, Cobra chrome, Cobra chrome