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I have been happy with Sw Motech's on my 08, but I don't challenge them much (I don't fall over). I forget the ones that came on my bike but I gave those away.

Never heard of the other ones.... doesn't make them bad though.

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I have the T-Rex on my 2009 and I like them a lot, but I also have not "tested" them. Well, other than dropping the bike 3 times now while stopped or not on it at all. I'm talented like that I guess.

Of course, I live in DFW so I can always just go to their shop and talk to T-Rex.
 

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I've got Givi crash bars, tested to protect the bike in dirt/asphalt naps :) A skid plate is a good idea too.
 
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I've got Givi crash bars, tested to protect the bike in dirt/asphalt naps :) A skid plate is a good idea too.
Hey Jeff, do you really know/have of a true skid plate for versys 650 or you just abused the term to describe a rock guard? Because I really want more than rock guard but I haven't found a single option out there... Thanks.
 

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The SW-Motech skid plate is frame mounted (NOT on the oil pan lugs) and has been tested to hold up to abuse. Do a youtube search.
 

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Hey Jeff, do you really know/have of a true skid plate for versys 650 or you just abused the term to describe a rock guard? Because I really want more than rock guard but I haven't found a single option out there... Thanks.
THIS! :wink2:
 

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I have the SW-Motech crash-bars and skid-plate on my '08. Look GOOD as well as SUBSTANTIAL, but I've not "USED" them, yet....:cool:

Got the SW-Motech crash-bars on my '15. Don't look anywhere near as SUBSTANTIAL, but haven't "used" them yet. As for a skid-plate - w/ the new sump (drain-plug out the SIDE), and the one-piece exhaust, I'm considering THAT as my under-side-protection....

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+1 on the givi bars, WELL tested and other than some paint removal, never a worry.

I have the ravetech rock guard, which has taken a number of hits. While I've dented the 3mm aluminum, the impact has been largely absorbed by the rear mounting bracket (to the frame), which acted as a crumple zone. Popped off the plate, hammered it out, good to go. I suspect the SWM mounts to perform similarly.

I've dragged the bike over ledges inadvertently, and unless you're attempting to motocross the V, I think you would be fine with Givi, Ravetech, SW Motech and others - it was more about looks for me. One advantage to SWM not mentioned is their parts all fit together fine whereas mixing brands may result in odd spacer fitment, and resulting additional labor. There are spacers at front and rear mounting points.

I will offer this additional caution on the Givi crash bars - perhaps relevant to the other brands; the left side mount blocks your ability to easily access the front sprocket cover, which can be a pain. In removing the crash bar to get at it, the rear mount is threaded rod and can be tricky to torque properly. That rod is also (in the case of Givi) not very hard so I replaced it with grade 8 equivalent metric rod from McMaster Carr for about $8.

Good luck, the V is a lot of fun off road.....
 

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The SW-Motech skid plate is frame mounted (NOT on the oil pan lugs) and has been tested to hold up to abuse. Do a youtube search.


I have the SW-M "GRAVEL GUARD" on my V-650. I've had to manipulate it with a BFH (Big Frikkin' Hammer) twice in less than a year to regain exhaust clearance. I can say for absolute certainty that it can't take the weight of the bike on it, never mind an impact. That said, it will deflect rain, mud, and even gravel with only cosmetic damage.

Strongly recommended NOT for bashing off rocks or sliding over logs.
 

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...One advantage to SWM not mentioned is their parts all fit together fine whereas mixing brands may result in odd spacer fitment, and resulting additional labor. There are spacers at front and rear mounting points....
MY experience on my Gen 1 ('08) is that w/ SW-M crash-bars AND skid-plate - removing the countershaft cover is a PITA!
 

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I have the SW-M "GRAVEL GUARD" on my V-650. I've had to manipulate it with a BFH (Big Frikkin' Hammer) twice in less than a year to regain exhaust clearance. I can say for absolute certainty that it can't take the weight of the bike on it, never mind an impact. That said, it will deflect rain, mud, and even gravel with only cosmetic damage.

Strongly recommended NOT for bashing off rocks or sliding over logs.
Well YOU are the FIRST person to ever "bash" pun intended :wink2: the SW Motech guard. I'm sure the manufacture would beg to differ with you on it NOT being a solid skid plate.
 

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I've installed the Givi/ Kappa guards and they went on very easily with 2012 V1K. I sadly used them when it tipped over.....without them it would have been far more serious than a scratch side bag and bar. It saved the mirror, handlebar and upper front plastics from damage!
 
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