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Frame Sliders for 2015 v 650?

Anyone know who makes frame sliders that are known to fit the 2015 Versys 650? I'm looking for something that will protect my fairings in the event I drop it...again.
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Anyone know who makes frame sliders that are known to fit the 2015 Versys 650? I'm looking for something that will protect my fairings in the event I drop it...again.
I know they ain't "sliders", but SW-Motech crash bars....

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There is supposed to be a Kawasaki accessory frame slider... it is mentioned in the info for 650 but not listed on Kawasaki .com or .com.au web sites.
frames slider for V1000 is listed.

You are just gonna have to wait a bit.
Pretty sure SW-Motech will shortly create a frame slider Kit as well as a Crash bar kit for both that will be more competitively priced than the Kawasaki accessories.
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Thanks for the info. I will try to be patient...and to stay on the bike.
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Under $14 fleabay, matching my '12 pearl gold metalflake
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Under $14 fleabay, matching my '12 pearl gold metalflake
And you will get $14 worth of protection. Those might help if you slowly lay the bike down in the garage.

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And you will get $14 worth of protection. Those might help if you slowly lay the bike down in the garage.
Maybe, but paying $200 is no guarantee of anything either. Almost everything is made in China, so tell me how to differentiate between crap and quality goods: price is no indication at all. I'd feel more stupid paying $200 for the same part with nothing to indicate how well the part works. The garage may be my highest probability of ever needing such a device: no pain, but lots of cost replacing plastic.

It's just a blob of AL and 4 screws. The part may be made to disintegrate rather than be impervious to all forces. If it was absolutely rigid, it could kill you real fast if it hit any snag (i.e. - you and bike would take a hard landing.) You are not going to slide on any device more than once, and it would be a slim chance if any of them worked like it was supposed to unless you leaned all the way on greasy streets often in the city at redlights. I don't plan on using it, but it is there more for looks and the slim chance it might come in handy. In other words, is seems like just an added layer of protection for the rider and not something that will prevent all damage by just sliding on a metal pin. But hey, for $14, it seems like a reasonable trade off! (and it looks cool anyway)

You might be right, but I spent 2 years in the US Army in Missouri (the "Show Me" state,) so I can officially say "Show Me!" I really am interested and would pay more if I had any basis or guarantees to judge it's value. Of course, this is the first Supermoto touring bike I ever had, so I'm just a curious newbie (please be kind.)

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Under $14 fleabay, matching my '12 pearl gold metalflake
These are NOT what the OP wants! =faring protection.

These are Rear Spool pick ups... the quality of which might protect the rear axel/swing arm if layed over in the garage - but might explode in a low side slide.

It pretty much will not protect any other part of the bike.

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There were Kawasaki branded tip-over case guards that some people took as sliders for the gen 1 Versys. I have them on my GREEN '09. They work well as I have dropped my Versys doing the gymkhana course. I have no idea if they are still available or what years they fit.



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R&G, a bunch from jolly old England, make high quality sliders for the Gen II Versys and maybe for the '15. I had them on my '95 ZX-6R. Expensive.
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Kawdog, there were photos somewhere of a bike with SW Motech guards that took a nice lowside and protected the bike. The forces are spread across multiple connections, and the larger surface area.

In fact, I think there was a video of some twisted throttle guys lowsiding with these crashbars.

There is a difference between tipover protection and crash protection.

I don't have a lot of data on my phone, but you can search for the video yourself.

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Kawdog, there were photos somewhere of a bike with SW Motech guards that took a nice lowside and protected the bike. The forces are spread across multiple connections, and the larger surface area.

In fact, I think there was a video of some twisted throttle guys lowsiding with these crashbars.

There is a difference between tipover protection and crash protection.

I don't have a lot of data on my phone, but you can search for the video yourself.
I've got the Hepco & Becker crash guards (but not put on yet.) They fit my 2014 bike without grinding parts, and I have relied on them through the years to save my bacon on many different bikes. The sliders are extra protection only and makes sense with all that expensive plastic. Protection and insurance never hurts on a motorcycle held upright with gravity and multi-taskers all around you in caged vehicles (especially the 19 y.o. girls)!
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Kawdog, there were photos somewhere of a bike with SW Motech guards that took a nice lowside and protected the bike. The forces are spread across multiple connections, and the larger surface area.

In fact, I think there was a video of some twisted throttle guys lowsiding with these crashbars.

There is a difference between tipover protection and crash protection.

I don't have a lot of data on my phone, but you can search for the video yourself.
The video lives here. http://youtu.be/7bEDVpLvP_4

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I've got the Hepco & Becker crash guards (but not put on yet.) They fit my 2014 bike without grinding parts, and I have relied on them through the years to save my bacon on many different bikes....
I had H-B crash bars on my '08 when I low-sided at about 20 mph. ONLY damage that wasn't cosmetic (BESIDE a broken rib...) was a bent shifter which I heated w/ a torch then re-bent. The 'cosmetic' scratches were covered w/ electricians tape, the left-side crash bar bent a bit towards the frame-tubes, and you can see a small scratch on the engine case at the bottom. There were also some minor scratches on my ZETA XC handguards.
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Does anyone know if the 15' V650 has the same mounting points for crash bars as the older models? Will they fit or do I have to wait for dedicates 2015 ones?

Or maybe are there any crash bars dedicated for the 15' model out there already?
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Does anyone know if the 15' V650 has the same mounting points for crash bars as the older models? Will they fit or do I have to wait for dedicates 2015 ones?

Or maybe are there any crash bars dedicated for the 15' model out there already?
Still hunting for answers on this myself. I've got the 15' V650 as well. Kawi offers factory protection but i'm not paying that much $$$... Most of the aftermarket sites I've looked at won't let me input '15 Versys for parts yet.
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I'd be surprised if Kawi changed anything on the frame, besides "cosmetics", and rubber mounts.

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