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.