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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-23-2009, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Canadian perspective on Algard

I thought I'd throw a thread in here to share my dealings with Algard. http://www.versys.info/versys/

For those who are unaware of this company it appears to be a small manufacturer of skid plate engine guards and windshield mounts.
I was looking for a skid plate and my searches only brought up the Happy trails and Algard options.
As a comparison, The Happy Trails looks to be super-sturdy and tough, and the Algard looks frankly like a piece of art the way it flows with the lines of the bike. The welds and mounting brackets are beautifully done and looks like it has really taken them some time to design it.

What I did was email the company, who always responded within the day, with what I was looking for and my address. He then built the order, sent me a Paypal request and I paid. The total price for the item and shipping to Canada was about $40 less than the Happy Trails option to my address.

After payment cleared I got an email saying that the item was sent and I received a tracking number as well. It was shipped July 14th and I got it today, July 23rd!!! I did get stung with a $25.00 Cdn customs fee too....bastards.

I am including pics on how it was packaged and after it was installed. Took me about 30-45 mins after locktite-ing and tourquing everything, and everything fit great. It even came with a detailed picture CD on how exactly to install it.

It is attached via brackets which mount to the same mount points as the plastic side guards and with 3 bolts attached to the engine up front. It is very solid and will easily deflect any gravel and stones on dirt roads, (which is where it will spend most of it's off road time with me) Looks like it would hold up to all you would normally be throwing at this bike with the exception of a huge direct bash or smash into a solid object at a high rate of go.

Just wanted to throw this on here as I know some people would be skeptical of buying from a small company in a far away country as Slovenia. I really felt like my order was being seen to personally the whole time as the same guy would always update me and write me on all matters. This, plus the fast shipping and high quality of the item made me very pleased with my decision.

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Hey that looks great, but you never mentioned how much it cost you in total. I just wish the weather would clear for long enough for me to actually be able to go riding for a few days.

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The totals were:
All said and done:
For Algard - the skid plate and shipping to NB $191.79 -Canadian $
And for the egg suckin customs guys $25.04
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where did you get the front fender that looks cool.

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where did you get the front fender that looks cool.

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It's a Polisport motard fender. Got it from the local dealership who brought it in from Thibault

http://www.importationsthibault.com/...ue=en&page=268

I painted it a textured black to match the other black bits on the bike
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Lucky you... I found that they are SLOOOOOOW to respond to email. Took about 5 days to respond to my first email, which included instructions to send another email requesting a total, which has not been responded to in several days.
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Sorry to hear that.
Honestly, my first email took a couple of days, but then I used another email I have and he was fast. I think the first one I used was getting spam blocked or something. I'm actually surprised he didn't take longer than he did with my order as I think he is a one man operation.
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His stuff looks pretty cool. I'm interested in the adjustable windscreen bracket. The skid plate is nice too.
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Would love to get this skid plate but he is hard to get hold of. Replied to my first email the first day now I have tried a few times and Im gettin nuttin for over 2 weeks now????? To bad its a great looking product. Love what you have done with the bike trailslapper, nice looking ride


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europe summer holidays

I don't know if this is the case with this distributor but lot of european manufacturers take the summer off as holidays (lucky workers). The company I work for has to wait weeks and sometimes a month or more before correspondence is returned due to the holiday schedules overseas.I don't know but this may be why your responses aren't instant for some euro companies..........
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AAAAhhh I C thanks for the heads up . I will have to be more patiant and see.Not a lot of choices for skid plates for the V ,and I realy like the look of this one so will be waiting for reply


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It is attached via brackets which mount to the same mount points as the plastic side guards and with 3 bolts attached to the engine up front. It is very solid and will easily deflect any gravel and stones on dirt roads, (which is where it will spend most of it's off road time with me) Looks like it would hold up to all you would normally be throwing at this bike with the exception of a huge direct bash or smash into a solid object at a high rate of go.
So, now that you've had it for a while, does it work as well as you hoped? I'm currently debating between ordering the one from Happy-Trails and this one, and I'm wondering how well it works in practice.

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Can I have the email address you use to contact the builder of the gaurd? I emailed them 3 weeks ago and haven't heard anything.
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I'm wondering how well it works in practice.


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My Algard seems to be holding up OK.
And doing it's job.
great product

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So, now that you've had it for a while, does it work as well as you hoped? I'm currently debating between ordering the one from Happy-Trails and this one, and I'm wondering how well it works in practice.

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It works great, Dave, for what I'm using it for and for what it's made for. Like I said as far as the gravel roads, it keeps rocks and stones from hitting the lower engine and tender oil filter parts and is plenty tough for this purpose.

I've never seen a Happy Trails one up close, but it looks sturdy too.

The Algard really is a beautifully made quality item and looks great on the bike, and I actually got it shipped cheaper to Canada than what the Happy trails item would have been.

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Can I have the email address you use to contact the builder of the gaurd? I emailed them 3 weeks ago and haven't heard anything.
I used [email protected] as an email, but I sent him one first on my hotmail and he didn't get it. Then I sent him another on my work Outlook email and he responded within 24 hrs.
I think he has some strange european email filter on his mail that blocked my hotmail. Try another email if you have one.

Web page is www.versys.info

He is even on this forum and you could probably PM him. His name on here is N17
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/member.php?u=126

Jeebus For the amount of work I'm doing for him, I should be on the payroll !!!!!

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I used [email protected] as an email, but I sent him one first on my hotmail and he didn't get it.
Same here, my email to him from my Yahoo account must have gotten blocked. I sent an email from work and he responded the same day.

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Thanks for the feedback. I've sent him a note (hopefully it won't be eaten by a spam filter), and we'll see if I can get my hands on one.

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I have written to Him 4 times over the last couple of weeks asking for a price so i can transfer the funds via Paypal.....and no response.
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Sorry boys but I must say it's over. Despite the fact that my products are of high quality and the prices are rather low there was not enough orders to continue the production. I have only 5 pieces of silver guards and 1 black left. I will respond to your e-mails this weekend- those who have contacted me first will get the chance to buy the last pieces. I'm sad about the situation but there is nothing I can do. Sorry
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