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Here's my SW-Motech 'crash bars' on my '15 650LT (Gen 3 like the '20).

P4170911 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

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Hello All,

I just purchased 2020 Versys 650 LT. Looking for recommendations for a good engine guard. Thanks!

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I have a set made by Zana. Fully made in India.


It wraps around under the front headlamp cowl. There is a bar that connects the left with the right from in front of the engine, effectively making it one integral piece. So, an impact on one side is shared by the whole structure including but not exclusively, the engine mounting points.

I shall take a good pic and send it up here tomorrow.

I have found the Zana guards to be really much more solid compared to SWM. If you can get them imported into the USA, the cost is well justified.
 

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Hello All,

I just purchased 2020 Versys 650 LT. Looking for recommendations for a good engine guard. Thanks!

~ARP
I have a set made by Zana. Fully made in India.


It wraps around under the front headlamp cowl. There is a bar that connects the left with the right from in front of the engine, effectively making it one integral piece. So, an impact on one side is shared by the whole structure including but not exclusively, the engine mounting points.

I shall take a good pic and send it up here tomorrow.

I have found the Zana guards to be really much more solid compared to SWM. If you can get them imported into the USA, the cost is well justified.
 

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You said stock V650 sizes, but as far as I know they don't make the 705s in a 160, do they? Do you run the 150 or 170 rear? Trying to decide which size to buy. Thanks.
You are correct - I realized THAT after leaving the Forum yesterday. Actual sizes are 120/70 x 17, and 150/60 x 17 on my '15 V650, 130/80 x17 and 150/60 x 17 on my '08 (w/ raised front fender).

I've run E-705s for so long I guess I just figured they were factory sizes - my BAD...!

I know that jdrocks runs (or HAS run) a 170/60 x 17 rear.

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Nobody seems to recommend the Puig crash bars but they install simply, are really durable, and IMO look more streamlined to the contours of the bike vs. the T-Rex ones which are more boxy.
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I agree. From a design point of view these bars look sublime and capture the great lines of the Gen 3. The thing I don't like about big bar set ups is you have to take them off and on to do any work under the side fairings. I don't really need all the extra protection. The SW Motech are better for me as you don't have to remove them for any small tasks. But I have to say these Puig bars look like they are part of the bike and don't mess up an already good design!
 

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I agree. From a design point of view these bars look sublime and capture the great lines of the Gen 3. The thing I don't like about big bar set ups is you have to take them off and on to do any work under the side fairings. I don't really need all the extra protection. The SW Motech are better for me as you don't have to remove them for any small tasks. But I have to say these Puig bars look like they are part of the bike and don't mess up an already good design!
Good point on the tradeoff between the SW Motech ones and the Puig...it will be an added pain to take mine off for getting under the side fairings, but I opted to have a bit more coverage than the SW Motech ones in the hopes that they protect against a few extra angles of a drop etc.
 
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