Puig crash bars on DL650 XT 2017
I'm in the process of toughening up my bike, a DL650 XT from 2017.
Just thought I'd post some pictures for inspiration of those thinking about doing the same..
The crashbar I chose are those made from Puig: motea.com/en/sturzbugel-puig-suzuki-v-strom-650-04-16-schwarz-112960-0 (you'll have to copy paste the URLs, I don't have rights yet to post images / links)
Installation was ok, once I found out how to deal with thread-locker-from-hell.
(Interwebz trick I stumbled upon while frustration was growing - heat up the bolts with a soldering iron for a minute before to attempt taking them off, if they won't buldge. They are kept in place by a very tough thread locker, like a super glue).
And don't attempt installation with bicycle tools, it's much easier giving it the necessary force by using something like this.. harald-nyborg.dk/media/images/800/4147_162930.jpg (for the frame bolts you need a 6mm hex key).
I like the matte black finish, compared to the shiny alternatives. It seems sturdy enough to protect the bike well if need be.
The bars are mounted to the frame, not the engine, with a cross piece connecting both sides, distributing impact stress.
On a test ride I didn't notice any vibrations. I didn't hit highway speeds, though. Fun fact, accidentally dropped it slowly on soft gravel on that very first test ride (facepalm) and guess what, they work! Without panniers on, I could see that the crashbar was the one to hit the ground, hence protecting the engine / tank.
Here a couple of pictures before / after:
Next step is installing a Ravetech skid plate (I'll be posting pictures soon). That plate btw doesn't fit by default with these crash bars, I ordered their adaptor which will hopefully make for a better fit. ravetechmotorcycles.com/store/en/suzuki-dl650-v-strom/3-dlsp.html