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post #1 of 16 Old 02-11-2019, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Great dilemma! :)

Since I recently bought v-strom 650, 2009 and I do not intend to go off road with it, what protection would be smart for me to install, besides crash bar? I know it would be best to get it all, but since budget is an issue, in your opinion, what would be priority list for the protection installments over the time (radiator guard, handguard, skid plate...)?
I'm really curious.
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post #2 of 16 Old 02-11-2019, 01:59 PM
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Crash bars will protector your legs in a fall or tip over and will save the tank. Hand guards with an aluminum frame, like Bark Bustes or Cycra will protect you hands from bugs and road debris. They also make for a good lifting point if you dump it (you will). RAdiator protector is a good idea as front tires can pick up rocks, even on the roadway. The skid plate looks cool but on road, serves no practical purpost other than making it difficult to clean the engine.
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How long do you plan to keep the bike? What sort of weather will you be riding in?

Mine has a front fender extension that I'm happy the previous owner installed. It has kept some of the road grime off the exhaust and whatnot.

I never bothered with a skidplate or an oil cooler guard, and in 120k miles it hasn't been an issue.

The factory plastic handguards are great for cold and bad weather.
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For road use, none of it is necessary, just get out and ride. If you don't have good riding gear, that is a better investment.

If you already have good gear for yourself and plan to protect the bike, I would say this priority:
Crash bars or frame sliders
Oil cooler guard
Hand guards
Radiator guard

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Just ride it and see if there is anything that really bothers you, then deal with it.

If your bike has no luggage, that is essential for touring as is a good windscreen setup to combat buffeting.

If not installed consider a headlight relay set (google that here and read up on electrical gremlins) to prevent starter switch and connector problems.
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Definitely second the notion to protect yourself well first. As for the bike: crash bars for sure. My handguards have probably saved my levers a time or two. That could have been a hassle on a trip. Tusks for the first year or so, then BarkBuster Storms to present. Any will do the job. I like having the very light, quiet and affordable Hyde Racing belly pan to protect the oil filter and to give purchase the totally ghetto hardware cloth I have in front of the engine. Relocate/replace the turns. I carry a spare OEM shifter. I do ride a fair bit of off pavement. My bike has fallen over a few times. Just pick it up and go. It's fine.
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How long do you plan to keep the bike? What sort of weather will you be riding in?

Mine has a front fender extension that I'm happy the previous owner installed. It has kept some of the road grime off the exhaust and whatnot.

I never bothered with a skidplate or an oil cooler guard, and in 120k miles it hasn't been an issue.

The factory plastic handguards are great for cold and bad weather.

Well, I intend to keep it for a long time, since this bike meets all my requirements. Where i live, weather is fine most of the year.
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For road use, none of it is necessary, just get out and ride. If you don't have good riding gear, that is a better investment.

If you already have good gear for yourself and plan to protect the bike, I would say this priority:
Crash bars or frame sliders
Oil cooler guard
Hand guards
Radiator guard
Riding gear comes first, of course. That was never questionable.
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I hear you. I'm one of those who is always looking for their "next ride". The more time I spend on the Wee (07) the more I'm convinced my next ride will be another Wee. I've had mine for 4, going on 5 years. Every winter I add some more farkle. The bike is great just as it is but I just can't stop throwing money at it.
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I would add the Barkbuster hand guards to protect the levers in a tip-over situation. My previous Harley never broke a lever or anything else, and it hit the ground hard a handful of times in my 20 years of ownership. My Wee fell over once, into the dirt, and immediately shed half of the brake lever!
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