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2015 650 Versys LT Frame slider or crash bar?

I'd like to add either a crash bar or frame slider to protect the plastic parts in case of a tip over in the garage or worse. I'm wondering if one protects the plastic better than the others. I do realize that frame sliders reduce the possibility of the part catching and flipping the bike over in the event of a slide. But I'm wondering how much protection is offered in a tip over.

In consideration...... Kawasaki OEM frame slider or similar....
https://www.kawasaki.com/Accessories...FFFA/999940477

The Hepco Engine guard.....
Hepco & Becker Engine Guard for Kawsaki Versys 650 '15-

Or the SW-Motech crash bar.....
SW-MOTECH Crash Bars Kawasaki Versys 650 2015 - RevZilla

Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
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After looking at the Hepco-Becker bars, I have an 'observation':

They go outside of, and around, the fairing pieces that include the turn-signals. Those 'bits' HAVE to be removed when you need to re-fill the coolant tank, AMONG other maintenance things, so the H-B crash-bars will NOT be on MY short-list.

I want to see the SW-Motech ones....

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I put the SW-Motech crash bars on my 2012 and in combination with BarkBuster Storm handguards was very happy with the protection given
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I tipped my 2015 over in the garage. Dumb. Anyhow the turn signal sticks out the furthest and took the hit along with the end of the handlebars. The turn signal is attached to the fairing, which cracked. I don't think you'll find any crash bars or sliders which will prevent the turn signal from hitting pavement in a tip over or slide.

The fairing is a $200 part.

I would make the choice between frame sliders or crash bars based on other than the turn signal and fairing plastic.

My V doesn't have any sliders or crash bars yet.
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I built my own crash bars similar to the SW-motechs






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I'm going to pickup the OEM sliders today at the dealer. Will post the pictures here.
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I put the SW-Motech crash bars on my 2012 and in combination with BarkBuster Storm handguards was very happy with the protection given
Mav the Mk2 version of crash bars looks to be more protective than the Mk3 version.

Mk3 version is a bar on it's side following the bikes engine frame and not he lattice framework that we have on out Mk2's

Mk3 version will protect but does not offer any lower engine case protection like the Mk2 verion does

Mk3:


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Installed OEM's on 2015 versys 650 today. See my post: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...e-sliders.html
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I built my own crash bars similar to the SW-motechs ....
Looks good, motojunkee, but I'd STILL like to see protection lower down, to protect the engine cases.

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After looking at the Hepco-Becker bars, I have an 'observation':

They go outside of, and around, the fairing pieces that include the turn-signals. Those 'bits' HAVE to be removed when you need to re-fill the coolant tank, AMONG other maintenance things, so the H-B crash-bars will NOT be on MY short-list.

I want to see the SW-Motech ones....
Interesting.....

I have both. SW-Motech currently installed and H-B arrived last week. Currently Denali are on the SW-M bars and if they stay will be moved as they are not right.

Having to do a Visa run next weekend (quick trip to Bangkok to renew Visa as current on will expire shortly). After that will fit the H-B and see which are more appropriate. Will post fotos of both then..
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If you are hit from the side on this configuration, just where do your lower leg and knee go? SNAP?
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If you are hit from the side on this configuration, just where do your lower leg and knee go? SNAP?

I can't see that your leg is anywhere close to the bars.
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2015 650 Versys LT Frame slider or crash bar?

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If you are hit from the side on this configuration, just where do your lower leg and knee go? SNAP?

If you are hit from the side by a cage you're lower leg and knee will probably "snap" no matter what is there or not there. Most crash bars and sliders are there to just try to protect the bike anyway. But I humbly disagree with them increasing risk of "snaps".


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