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Exclamation cowl guards

I had a mishap and my bike went over in some mud, no biggy but when i got home i noticed that there must have been some rocks too because my left cowl is all scratched i ordered a new one but i wanted guards either way do the hepco becker, sw-motech, or happy-trail guard protect that plastic or just the case? I want some that will keep the bike off the plastics, kawi guards are $249 but the happy trails is 189 and it advertises that it protects the plastics and gas tank? its $150 shipped for that plastic and i know ill be riding dirt and gravel again and i dont want to keep buying new plastics? Any input?
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There are a number of threads around about the various engine guards, I don't have personal experience with them but many here do.

I wish you had posted something before you ordered new plastic.
It's a simple thing to sand and repaint.
Mine are now black (orig. silver) and look much nicer thanks to some rattlecan action.
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Hi Hurricane,

Sorry to hear your mishap.
Beside HB engine guard, handlebar protector, TAC650 came up with a brilliant idea of using a slider to the cowling.
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I saw another member on our forum used sliders for a 650 ninja. I thought it was a good idea and I did the same. I got the sliders from ebay. These might work and this set looks like it is the same as what I have except they are made from aluminum and not plastic. Here's a pic of them installed on my bike.



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nice how do they look though from i little further back, do they look awkward? i just order hb engine guards so i might just stick with them but i like the idea.
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My SWMotech guards protect it just fine from parking lot mishaps. Need to get my legs stretched...

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I would appreciate the "how to" on sanding and painting the plastic cowling. I am getting ready to order both cowling and radiator cover. Is there blue paint in the rattlecan that matches a '09 V? What grade of sandpaper did you use?
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Tank cowling protection setup. Cost about US$ 12 plus DIY






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kawasaki cowling guard

I recently purchased the Kawasaki Cowling guard for my 09 versys, but it didn't have any instructions with it. Does anyone know where i can get the instructions? here's the cowling guard i purchased:

http://www.kawasaki.com/KawasakiNew/...CategoryID=167
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I recently purchased the Kawasaki Cowling guard for my 09 versys, but it didn't have any instructions with it. Does anyone know where i can get the instructions? here's the cowling guard i purchased:

http://www.kawasaki.com/KawasakiNew/...CategoryID=167
See if you return them and buy real guards. There have been several failures of those "guards" in fairly simple, low speed or parking lot, drops. Considering that you can buy a set of H&B or SWMotech guards for less, you could definitely do better than that.

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+1 on Gustavo's comment. Consider getting the real deal.
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do you have a link for the site you purchased that slider. Thanks
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do you have a link for the site you purchased that slider. Thanks
Here are some links, although I don't have any but get great protection with just the Hebco&Becker crash bars and Zeta hand guards as seen on stlee29's V but on Tag Metals T2 tapered aluminum handlebars, as well as with swingarm spool sliders and Happy Trails skid plate...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Kawas...Q5fAccessories

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/POLIS...Q5fAccessories

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/5-Pai...Q5fAccessories

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This is the reason you should NOT use frame sliders. ~15-20 mph lay down on gravel road.



This damage was done WITHOUT sliders. If I had sliders, I think I would have had much more damage (i.e. the sliders would have torn away more of the under lying structure since that bracket is just there to hold the fairing off the tank.)

BTW, Retail is ~ $107 for that bracket. Don't ask me how I know.

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advice on Motech & Hepco please

Somewhere someone had once said ( if I read it right), that the crash gaurd interfered with draining the oil.
Have no Idea which model, so I would like to ask the people who have the ' Hepco Becker ' or the ' SW Motech ' crash bars, do you have to loosen or unbolt the gaurd to work on the bike ???
I already saw the little strengthen mod for the SW Motech, and also a change in the front for the Hepco&Becker.
Want to buy and mount a set for the wife, doing a ride in southern Utah for Valentines. ............................ I heard That !!!

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Andreas : I have the H&B's, no prob with the oil change...I believe it was the skid plate that caused some issues with plug access...

PHerder: Can't imagine how damage could have been worse...That looks PFB

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stell29 do you have a link for the cowling protectors??? or can you post where you got them from???
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stell29 do you have a link for the cowling protectors??? or can you post where you got them from???
Hope I don't break any rules for posting links to eBay !!!

I have been looking for these as well, they are also called frame sliders. I think the ones stlee29 has are for a Ninja, Versys really does not have it's own. ( But I am sometimes wrong )
Here's what I have found that may fit, but please research before you buy !!! I don't want to be the one who may have lead you wrong
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330398665787&ssPageNam e=STRK:MEWAX:IT

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140342343690&ssPageNam e=STRK:MEWAX:IT

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370313245997&ssPageNam e=STRK:MEWAX:IT

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290367572910&ssPageNam e=STRK:MEWAX:IT




contractor Thanks for your input, I was sorta thinking along the same line. I am also leaning to the H&B , they look good and offer more top engine protection and radiator. Pegs will suffer either way I guess

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Andreas : I have the H&B's, no prob with the oil change...I believe it was the skid plate that caused some issues with plug access...

PHerder: Can't imagine how damage could have been worse...That looks PFB
Hey Contractor - guess what I stumbled onto tonight................
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...09&postcount=8

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Oh snap, guy with the ugliest motorcycle on the planet in his avatar is starting the smack with the contradiction post.
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