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Talking Givi MG4103 TIRE HUGGER installed

Fits perfectly - maybe took 10 minutes to install - looks like it should have been there from the beginning!
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you should go to advance edit and change your title to include "tire hugger"
otherwise this post doesn't help much those looking for one.
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According to Twisted Throttle -the same part fits all Versys 650's...

Givi MG4103 Rear Mudguard For Kawasaki Versys 650 '07-'14 & Versys 650 LT & ABS '15-'16

If anyone here wants one, I bought 2...... just in case.......

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Fits perfectly - maybe took 10 minutes to install - looks like it should have been there from the beginning!
well, I must disagree strongly.
I just got mine and spent over an hour on it.
It's crap. Expensive crap.

a) first, you have to somehow remove a very strange and tight plastic filling from the bike frame. this is very hard and resulted in breaking this bit in the hole. So I have to delicately drill this plastic out without breaking the threads, which I partly did. Of course there is no space for a drill so it was most of the time wasted to do it by hand. There are no instruction to make this easier.

b) then the instruction ignore the abs sensor cable. much fiddling to align the holes to put back the nut. There is no way I'm removing the wheel for that.

c) all 3 allen key head bolts are crap, they strip in the hex hole and it's nearly impossible to remove. Use the bolt that cam with the bike on the chain guard.

d) as for the 3rd bolt in the nasty clogged hole, this bolt will not go in as deep as it should (and since you cannot force it, YOU MUST find a regular M5 bolt, preferably galvanized and 10mm head. However, the plastic is curved down and could bend and crack, so use a large washer, like 20mm or more.

e) in the end, the hugger WILL NOT protect a 1/4 inch wide slot at the bottom. This is unacceptable fitting for a $230+ part which is just a piece of plastic...

I fu**ing hate GIVI. Always did. They are organized theft.
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well, I must disagree strongly.
I just got mine and spent over an hour on it.
It's crap. Expensive crap.

a) first, you have to somehow remove a very strange and tight plastic filling from the bike frame. this is very hard and resulted in breaking this bit in the hole. So I have to delicately drill this plastic out without breaking the threads, which I partly did. Of course there is no space for a drill so it was most of the time wasted to do it by hand. There are no instruction to make this easier.

b) then the instruction ignore the abs sensor cable. much fiddling to align the holes to put back the nut. There is no way I'm removing the wheel for that.

c) all 3 allen key head bolts are crap, they strip in the hex hole and it's nearly impossible to remove. Use the bolt that cam with the bike on the chain guard.

d) as for the 3rd bolt in the nasty clogged hole, this bolt will not go in as deep as it should (and since you cannot force it, YOU MUST find a regular M5 bolt, preferably galvanized and 10mm head. However, the plastic is curved down and could bend and crack, so use a large washer, like 20mm or more.

e) in the end, the hugger WILL NOT protect a 1/4 inch wide slot at the bottom. This is unacceptable fitting for a $230+ part which is just a piece of plastic...

I fu**ing hate GIVI. Always did. They are organized theft.
I priced them from Twisted Throttle in March, out of stock but around $120 Canadian, now listed at $125 something, just plastic. I recovered my Skidmarx which is worth $200, fits perfectly on the 2015, but had to make a stainless ABS support bracket, I posted pictures somewhere on this site.

As you are aware, shipping and the low dollar makes anything expensive when bringing into Canada.

By the way thanks for saying it is a piece of crap, at $60 I thought it had to be poor quality, at over $100 it is beyond belief, someone is making a mint!

I stand corrected, was a typo on the site, now gone up $5 to $125

I never included all the commenting and reasons why I went this way, however , here is where much of the comments were made, without starting a new thread

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ghlight=hugger

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One guy gets his installed in ten minutes, a breeze. Another guy fights his to a draw... And a third guy changes the topic to how we Canadians are getting ripped off by US pricing and outrageous shipping charges. Yes, I live in BC and twistedthrottle.ca is a criminal enterprise with candasmotorcycle.ca not far behind. Often I find my local dealers pricing competitive with mail order from Canada. As far as the hugger I guess I'll just use a hose to clean off the mud. The real problem IMHO is not wanting a skunk stripe up my back from lack of an effective rear fender.
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One guy gets his installed in ten minutes, a breeze. Another guy fights his to a draw... And a third guy changes the topic to how we Canadians are getting ripped off by US pricing and outrageous shipping charges. Yes, I live in BC and twistedthrottle.ca is a criminal enterprise with candasmotorcycle.ca not far behind. Often I find my local dealers pricing competitive with mail order from Canada. As far as the hugger I guess I'll just use a hose to clean off the mud. The real problem IMHO is not wanting a skunk stripe up my back from lack of an effective rear fender.
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ghlight=hugger

both my 07 and my 2015 mounting is posted in this thread, one other really important thing is the Skidmarx extends down inside the swing arm, and is fiberglass reinforced. Knowing what I know now, worth every penny compared to the half price for the Givi. Go to page 4 of this thread post 64 for pictures



I failed to mention that I have purchased over $2000 worth of bike stuff from Twisted Throttle, and they are my go to place, Excellent customer service and pricing, thought I would clear that up
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Honestly, I had zero issues installing the Givi part. My bike is a 2009 without A.B.S., perhaps that complicates things?

Yes, I agree that we get charged way too much for, well, pretty much everything coming North across the border, but that is how things are.

I was treated to a customer service experience that was truly "above and beyond" from Twistedthrottle.ca. The pricing as compared to other online and physical stores is reasonably competitive (at least in Alberta, Canada).

I can buy parts from anybody and anywhere, but I choose to spend my money where I get great customer service.
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FYI, I am in no way affiliated with Twistedthrottle.ca or Givi. I have purchased tires from Canadasmotorcycle, and I have so far made one purchase from Twistedthrottle.ca -

Given the option, as long as the pricing is reasonably close, I prefer to support my local businesses. If we all base our purchases solely on price, the local stores will not be there long.
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I purchased mine along w/ GIVI hand-guards and luggage side mounts from Motostorm in Italy. Shipping to here (Ohio), regardless of how much I purchased was only $31.44 w/ the mud guard costing only $61.24. The one plug that had to be removed was a real bugger until I tried turning it out, which I could do w/ my fingers after trying to pry it out for over 20 minutes. I didn't mess w/ the screw on the right side initially, so the installation was a breeze. However, after installing a lowering kit, the guard had to be notched which removed the cap screw that went into the plugged hole. Fiddling around trying to get the screw on the side back in took me almost a half hour of sweating - it was terrible.

Motostorm's communication is great and delivery amazing ( a week unless something isn't in stock). The thing that really boggled my mind is I've gotten two shipments from them, a total of (3) boxes, and they arrived in perfect condition w/o a mark from Italy! I can't get something delivered from a state away w/o damage.
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Got mine installed. It fits perfectly.
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Got mine installed. It fits perfectly.
Can you show a high def picture of how it closes the gap between swingarm and the mud guard edge (with lighting)? Because mine sure is installable but there is a good 1/4 inch slot still exposed.
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Can you show a high def picture of how it closes the gap between swingarm and the mud guard edge (with lighting)? Because mine sure is installable but there is a good 1/4 inch slot still exposed.
Hope it helps.

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....The one plug that had to be removed was a real bugger until I tried turning it out, which I could do w/ my fingers after trying to pry it out for over 20 minutes.....
Thanks for posting this! I couldn't pull mine out either, but I had read your post and remembered to try turning it. Which wasn't easy since there is no head on it, but I got it to spin and then it came right out.

Seems to fit ok and will help protect underneath the bike, but I can't believe this little piece of plastic costs $125! The bike should come with this from the factory. My Honda CBR250 did.
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Hope it helps.
Unfortunately it doesn't. THIS should.
This 239$ tire hugger is crap. You've been warned.



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http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ghlight=hugger

both my 07 and my 2015 mounting is posted in this thread, one other really important thing is the Skidmarx extends down inside the swing arm, and is fiberglass reinforced. Knowing what I know now, worth every penny compared to the half price for the Givi. Go to page 4 of this thread post 64 for pictures
I agree because I'm very happy with my Skidmarx!
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Puig Rear Mudguard Kawasaki Versys 650 2007-2015 - RevZilla

Guys... Go with the Puig Carbon Fiber look. I bought it through Revzilla. Went on in 10 minutes. Instructions were not in English, but it was common sense. It looks absolutely amazing and I have had a ton of comments on it. Puig makes some awesome stuff. I have the Puig Windshield I got through Revzilla in dark smoke and it is amazing.

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