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Which rear hugger / heated grips ?

Hi there,

Autumn is slowly arriving in France, and my brand new Versys starts beeing covered with mud everywhere around the rear wheel. So i'm looking after a rear hugger, that requires no extra drilling, and would just fit my '07 black V.

I thought an unpainted hugger might do the trick as long as it's black by default. Is painting mandatory ?

By the way budget is driving me, so what'd be the best model to choose ? If any of you have links to provide I'd be grateful.

Other than that, i'm looking after heated grips. I used to have a 35$ pair on my old yamaha that did the job. The oxford ones seems to be preffered here ; is the extra monet worth it ?

I'll also have to install some handguard, but i'll read the dedicated threead before asking questions ;-)

By now, rear hugger is top priority, so if you have any advices please let me know.

Thanks in advance.

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I own 07 black V and purchased pyramid hugger. Fits great and comes in black so looks great 2. Lots of places sell this product so shop around. Good luck


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I don't care for my Pyramid hugger because the chain hits it and chips away at it.
I may get an Emax pre-painted one to replace it.
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I don't care for my Pyramid hugger because the chain hits it and chips away at it.
I may get an Emax pre-painted one to replace it.
It's really easy to trim it until the chain doesn't hit anymore, and it's in an area that's not very visible. Took me 10 minutes to fix.

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oxford heated grips and twinshacks carbon hugger
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Ermax Hugger,fit perfect,works well at keeping the spray off everything.

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Dia5 has it right, go with Twinshack, best built and best fit for keeping crap off the rear of the bike.

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Check this thread:
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...hugger+install

It is loaded with pictures, reviews, advice, and instructions for various huggers.


I went with a powerbronze hugger so as not to have to use a zip-tie or mess with changing the chain guard. It keeps the crud from hitting the electrical and suspension bits, but will allow some mud to hit the bottom of the tail section. I've had no problems with it at all.

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I'm on the Ermax side, with their color coordinated huggers. And besides, FredLB, they are a french company based in marseille, surely a bit of chauvinism is allowed

Unpainted is rarely black by the way; and it's butt ugly, it is really meant to be painted. If you don't want to paint it, and are on a budget, perhaps a "carbon look" (LOOK, not REAL ) hugger is a good middle way?
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I have the twin shack hugger. I think it is the same a Poly26 from france. very satisfied with the coverage, look and fit. I have also just installed the oxford heated sport grips a few weeks ago. They are amazing.

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Skidmarx tire hugger is the best one out there. I love it.

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Found this site with parts for the V.
http://www.frogspecialties.com/index.php?categoryid=26
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+1 for TwinShacks / Adrenalin Moto carbon hugger (one and the same). Beautifully made, great fit. Bargain at 100. Looks great. Keeps all the crap off the back end. I've had Ermax, Pyramid and Skidmarx on other bikes. This is every bit as good and cheaper (comparing carbon models). Only gripe...mine came without bolts. Not the end of the world. Three mounting points use the original bolts. Just needed to find one more from my spares tin. Recommended.

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Ive got a pyramid it was a pain to fit, I've never got it to look right, one side is closer to the tyre thant the other. I wosh I'd gone with the Ermax which seems to be the recommended one ont he .co.uk site. the Pyramid 'fenda extender' does work, jsut get some good quality gunge such as Sikaflex to stick it to the front mudguard

I'd recommend the Oxford Heated grips every and any time.
whether you go for the standard or sport versiosn is up to you. I'm guessing the 'cruiser' isn't that attractive.. it looks like the original hotgrips with a shiny control box. the sport model looks as if they have changed the feel of the rubber and made the controller slightly easier to operate when riding
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I just got the Puig that Western Powersports Sells. 561-2115B (Black in color).

The fit was perfect. It is actually molded to capture the front of the square tubing on the chain side. It uses a steel square bracket with padding to then attach to the square tube on the left. it uses the stock brake line bracket on the right side. It doesn't include a chain guard. The finish is very shiny and the color was a bit blue. I may paint it flat black at some point.

It seems a bit expensive at $162.95 but it does fit very well. Only took about 15 minutes to install. No zip ties.
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Ermax looks good on mine ;-)
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