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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-21-2015, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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New to me 2011 in Connecticut - quick quest too

Hey all, just picked up a 2011 Red Versys 650 in great shape (1865 miles) for $3800 cash. Thanks for support on the forum - I figure folks aren't passionate enough about stuff that sucks to keep a great forum alilve. Had an EX500 through the mid-90s, can't wait to get back riding.

Can't ride it yet - 8 weeks removed from rotator cuff surgery, so had to have buddy test drive. All looks good.

I do have a question: I am looking for some frame protection in the event of dropping the bike while NOT riding. I don't plan on laying it down and sliding (I don't ride that hard) any time soon, but I won't be surprised if it gets knocked over (by my kids) or falls at no speed with a new rider on it. Could anyone suggest any type of protection, hopefully for less than $100. I've read a LOT of discussions, but I can't get a solid answer on how to protect a bike from falling over.

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crashbars is really the key, but for under 100$ you'll have to make your own or get lucky finding some used ones.

for falling over from a standstill the rear spools and some frame sliders should be enough, but I'd have a hard time buying a couple chunks of plastic for the 130-160 they seem to sell for.

wood lathe and some round bar stock of delrin would make your own for closer to 10$.
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Hello benoksanen and welcome.

I am a fan of crash bars, but they will run you over $100 for sure. I did purchase the Givi for $170, but returned them in favor of the Motech. Motech seems like a better option for me though both would do.

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Welcome, from a Suffield native.

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Welcome. Understand having to wait before being able to ride. Had to have my left hip replaced just over a year ago and wasn't able to ride for several months. It was worth the wait.

Oh, and when you park your bike, lay it on its side and then you won't have go worry about it falling over. Sorry, I couldn't resist.

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I just snagged a new-in-opened-box SW Motech crash guard for $155.32 off of ebay. Now I can't wait to drop it!

Not able to ride still due to rotator cuff, but I seem to slide forward on that seat. May look into modifying it to be flat, but that will probably wait. In the meantime, my friends that used to own bikes and now have kids + no bikes are really enjoying the Versys for me.

Thanks again for all info.
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