Have you considered sliders?
Mark asked the above....I considered them too, especially with all the vibe problems some were experiencing.
I consider myself real lucky...about 25 miles away exists a motorcycle shop that specializes in V-Stroms. Sure, they work on other bikes too....but the V's ARE their specialty (track bikes too).
I called and asked about sliders vs 'normal' engine guards. The person I talked with recommended not getting sliders for street use. He felt they most likely would not protect the plastic from a normal tip over or drop nearly as well as engine guards.
He also stated he has seen a lot of damage from slider rigged bikes that go down on the street and they have a tendency to catch on things, (small indentations in the street, for starters) and the bike then can easily get flipped.
Another thing mentioned was that if you were not able to get your leg out of the way that the regular engine guards would most likely work better at preventing an injury than sliders would.
He then said that "your mileage may vary". He owns a 650 for the streets and uses regular engine guards.
I thought over what he had said, the damages he's seen in the shop and I then decided sliders were not for me..... so I opted for the Givi bars.
I have seen at least two V-Stroms with sliders...and liked the looks. But for me, I just decided that the engine guards would suit me better (plus, it gives me the options of mounting cameras that the sliders wouldn't) :mrgreen: