Crash guards - Kawasaki Versys Forum
 3Likes
  • 3 Post By tonyw
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-09-2017, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 26
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Garage
Crash guards

What is everyone running for crash guards?

I wanted to get the T-Rex engine crash guards because I have heard good things but they said they are currently being redesigned and they don't know when they'll be done.
I was looking at the SW-Motech ones, however, it looks like one small bar for the 2016 V650, not sure how well that would protect the entire side of the bike - also, I might like the option to mount fog lights.
Puig makes some as well, but I am not sure of the quality.
pattonkdzn is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-09-2017, 04:16 PM
Member
 
93TigerBill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Fletcher, Newcastle NSW Australia
Posts: 75
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Have a look at the Hepco & Becker 'bars - good protection, fit easily.
Presuming you mean the 3rd generation V650?

FarRider#89; IBA#45911; Versys 650 ABS 2015; Triumph Tiger 900 ('93).
Newcastle Australia
93TigerBill is offline  
Old 11-09-2017, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 26
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Garage
I meant 2016 Versys 650 ABS. (I am not sure if that is 3rd generation.) No, I haven't checked them out yet, thank you for the suggestion.
pattonkdzn is offline  
 
Old 11-09-2017, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 26
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by 93TigerBill View Post
Have a look at the Hepco & Becker 'bars - good protection, fit easily.
Presuming you mean the 3rd generation V650?
The Hepco & Becker bars look almost identical to the Puig ones.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...-650-2015-2016

https://www.motomachines.com/Hepco-B...5-_p_5115.html

Do you know if there is a difference?
I do like that style better but I wish they had sliders like the T-Rex ones...
pattonkdzn is offline  
Old 11-09-2017, 05:40 PM
Member
 
Fly-Sig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Salt Lake City
Posts: 1,038
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
What do you want to protect, and in what kind of fall? All of those bars will only protect some of the plastics. The lower engine is completely unprotected.

In a simple tip-over, the foot peg and handlebar end will hit the pavement. So will the front turn signal. I am not sure what on the back of the bike would hit, if anything, if no luggage is mounted. Crash bars and sliders mounted higher up will protect the plastic fairings and possibly some of the upper engine or fuel tank in case of sliding into an obstruction such as a curb.

The lower engine remains at risk especially if riding on an uneven surface or sliding into an obstruction on the street.

There are other brands of crash bars which wrap the lower engine. They aren't as sleek looking as the Puig or H-B.
Fly-Sig is offline  
Old 11-09-2017, 07:26 PM
Member
 
Indelibility's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Cornelius, NC
Posts: 228
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Garage
The H&B bars work like a champ, protected the plastics during a 40mph slide.

I've since swapped out to engine covers and frame sliders.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20170727_070751_1510273587398.jpg (39.5 KB, 100 views)
File Type: jpg 20170818_215259_1510273625352.jpg (32.6 KB, 101 views)
File Type: jpg 20171106_205805_1510273642587.jpg (37.3 KB, 100 views)
Indelibility is offline  
Old 11-09-2017, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 26
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Indelibility View Post
The H&B bars work like a champ, protected the plastics during a 40mph slide.

I've since swapped out to engine covers and frame sliders.
Why did you change your configuration?

Also, are those bark busters hand guards that you have on there? If so, are they the storm or vps? Also, what style did you go with for mounting?
pattonkdzn is offline  
Old 11-10-2017, 04:47 AM
Member
 
Indelibility's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Cornelius, NC
Posts: 228
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Garage
I changed because my riding is 99.99% street. The hand guards are stock with the Versys LT
Indelibility is offline  
Old 11-10-2017, 04:09 PM
Super Moderator
 
fasteddiecopeman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Kelowna, BC - summer; Florence, AZ - winter
Posts: 17,886
Mentioned: 29 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by pattonkdzn View Post
I meant 2016 Versys 650 ABS. (I am not sure if that is 3rd generation.) No, I haven't checked them out yet, thank you for the suggestion.
Gen 1s are '07 to '09; Gen 2s are '10 to '14; Gen 3's are '15 to present models.

Ed
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


'08 V AZ, '15 V650LT BC
Ride to D2D 2013, June '13

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Ride to D2D 2015, June '15

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Ride to D2D 2016, June '16

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fasteddiecopeman is offline  
Old 11-10-2017, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 26
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by fasteddiecopeman View Post
Gen 1s are '07 to '09; Gen 2s are '10 to '14; Gen 3's are '15 to present models.
That is good to know. Thanks!

2016 Versys 650 ABS
pattonkdzn is offline  
Old 11-10-2017, 04:59 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Redcliffe Australia
Posts: 33
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Garage
I have the Hepco and Becker on my Versys.

I had them power coated green just to be different and to give some added visability.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_4502.jpg (129.5 KB, 74 views)
tonyw is offline  
Old 11-10-2017, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 26
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by tonyw View Post
I have the Hepco and Becker on my Versys.

I had them power coated green just to be different and to give some added visability.
That looks awesome! How much did that cost? Can I do something similar with a can of krylon?

2016 Versys 650 ABS
pattonkdzn is offline  
Old 11-10-2017, 09:19 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Redcliffe Australia
Posts: 33
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Garage
I was going to spray them with a can of paint myself.
But decided to have them Powdered Coated.
Much more durable.

Cost here in Australia was $170 plus the cost of the bars $289, so not a cheap way to go.
tonyw is offline  
Old 11-10-2017, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 26
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by tonyw View Post
I was going to spray them with a can of paint myself.
But decided to have them Powdered Coated.
Much more durable.

Cost here in Australia was $170 plus the cost of the bars $289, so not a cheap way to go.
I just ordered the Hepco and Becker bars myself. I will probably leave them black, though.
Thanks for the help everyone!

2016 Versys 650 ABS
pattonkdzn is offline  
Old 11-10-2017, 10:31 PM
Member
 
twowheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 3,353
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Garage
I have a V2 versys (2010-2014), later bikes are V3, with the SW-Motech bars. They protect the plastics completely in a tip over as the bars, even if turned will keep the rest from hitting the pavement. Dropped my bike more than once is how I know this.



Last edited by twowheels; 11-10-2017 at 10:36 PM.
twowheels is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
 

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Versys Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Thread Tools



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome