I received a reply from Kawasaki Uk in regards to the Kawasaki genuine accessory hand guards: (NOTE..
according to the site these only work with 2010 models. I am sure a call to one of the listed dealers would reveal if they may also work on the 1st gen bikes
Here's the letter and ordering info followed by part numbers and pricing(I took the liberty of included current exchange rates):
Dear Mr Blair,
Thank you for your email.
The hand guards that you have highlighted are available within the UK as genuine accessories. I have attached a link from the KMUK website that details the Versys accessories and their part numbers.
Please contact one of the following UK dealerships who offer an international mail order service for further assistance.
Corby Kawasaki Centre Ltd
Cradley Heath Motorcycles
St Anne’s Road
Phone:- 01384 633455
Cornwall Kawasaki Centre
Tel: 01209 821115
Customer Service Group
Tel- 01628 856750
Kawasaki Motors UK
The Kawasaki handguards are equipped with an aluminum bar for the strongest protection available.
(Only for Versys 2010 model onwards)
Hand guard brackets (Requires shells to be purchased separately) / 217HGS0007 £ 74.95.....$118.01 a pair
Hand guard shells black / 217HGS0008 £ 21.95......$34.56 a pair.
Hand guard shells yellow / 217HGS0009 £ 21.95.....$34.56 a pair.
Pricing is competitive with barkbusters which range up to $145 dollars US plus shipping. (per "twistedthrottle.com").
Plus you get hand guards with the 'Kawi" name molded into the face.
Maybe a group buy can save on shipping costs?
Good luck everyone and happy "bark-busting"
OK, I'll shut up now