Option for a plastic engine guard for the Wee? - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
General V-Strom Discussion Talk about all things V-Strom not limited to just one of the above models

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 17 Old 04-30-2010, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
eye.surgeon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central California
Posts: 875
Option for a plastic engine guard for the Wee?

I'm not looking for a big heavy dual sport engine guard/skid plate...just a lightweight easy-on-easy-off plastic engine guard that will keep the road grime from coating the front of the engine block. Don't really like the look of fender extenders or an exposed engine block.

'09 Wee (sold)
2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring
2006 BMW K1200LT
eye.surgeon is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 17 Old 04-30-2010, 05:23 PM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
One item that can end your trip without an engine guard is the radiator. At least look at sliders. It's funny. When I went looking for a bike, one thing i wanted to avoid was a plastic covered engine. There have been a couple of lower fairings available but they are not popular options and a European company that supplied one has a bad reputation.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informa...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #3 of 17 Old 04-30-2010, 05:46 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Canvas6st's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Posts: 578
You can see an example of what I think GW is talking about in this thread, though some of the links don't work anymore-
https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=18275

I really like the look of this fairing. They're pricy though, and don't really offer any protection. Also, if you're planning to do any maintenance yourself (which can be fairly easy and quite rewarding), you'll learn to love that exposed engine. I'm so glad I don't have to spend the first and last twenty minutes of every job on plastics.

[SIZE="1"]Orange K9 Wee - Givi guards and screen, Zuk hand-guards, Madstad, Rick's fork brace, Shad topcase, Sargent seat, Rox risers, Vessel luggage bracket and sheepskin, Tuono Mirrors, CL-850 bags, Wolo horn, Powerlet.
[/SIZE]
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
Canvas6st is offline  
 
post #4 of 17 Old 04-30-2010, 05:50 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Near Kingston, Ontario
Posts: 471
Don't know if you're looking for fairing lowers or just an underbelly pan, but I went with the JMV Concepts fairing lowers.



Not much wind protection but I love the way they look. :mrgreen:

Thread here:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/showthread.php?t=47606
Merlin is offline  
post #5 of 17 Old 04-30-2010, 06:29 PM
Cat Herder
 
LowAndSilent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Lynnwood, WA
Posts: 2,480
So...some expensive pieces of plastic that A) don't protect you any more from the wind, B) don't allow the ability to add any crash protection (bars OR sliders), C) are expensive, D) make pretty much all maintenance on the engine harder to do...

All just to cover up the engine, to protect it from road grime? Looking at Merlin's photos, it doesn't even look like the lower fairings will accomplish that.

'09 VStrom DL650A - Sold.
'04 Suzuki Burgman 400 - The wifes
'08 FJR1300AE - Miss Chievous.

WWGWD?

LowAndSilent is offline  
post #6 of 17 Old 04-30-2010, 06:54 PM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
Some folks have adapted DL1000 or SV chin fairings but I don't see them guarding anything. Here is a DL1000.


Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informa...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #7 of 17 Old 04-30-2010, 06:56 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
rockitcity's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Northridge, CA
Posts: 285
Quote:
Originally Posted by LowAndSilent View Post
So...some expensive pieces of plastic that A) don't protect you any more from the wind, B) don't allow the ability to add any crash protection (bars OR sliders), C) are expensive, D) make pretty much all maintenance on the engine harder to do...

All just to cover up the engine, to protect it from road grime? Looking at Merlin's photos, it doesn't even look like the lower fairings will accomplish that.
Yeah, but come on, they do look cool! Kind of like plastic surgery to enhance a woman's... natural assets...

2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer
rockitcity is offline  
post #8 of 17 Old 04-30-2010, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
eye.surgeon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central California
Posts: 875
I'm not looking for a full lower fairing. Just like the DL1000 basically.

'09 Wee (sold)
2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring
2006 BMW K1200LT
eye.surgeon is offline  
post #9 of 17 Old 05-01-2010, 10:16 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 108
I have one of these;

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...m=260473355702

They also sell rear huggers and fenda extendas cheap. The engine guard is a nice piece of kit, well made and arrived very quickly. Cheapest you will find!
Andrew_S is offline  
post #10 of 17 Old 05-01-2010, 10:49 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Near Kingston, Ontario
Posts: 471
Quote:
Originally Posted by LowAndSilent View Post
So...some expensive pieces of plastic that A) don't protect you any more from the wind, B) don't allow the ability to add any crash protection (bars OR sliders), C) are expensive, D) make pretty much all maintenance on the engine harder to do...

All just to cover up the engine, to protect it from road grime? Looking at Merlin's photos, it doesn't even look like the lower fairings will accomplish that.
Yeah, they're 90% cosmetic, but...

- They do reduce the "wind from below" noticeably.
- They improve stability in cross-winds.
- They come off and go on in about 2 minutes.
- You can change the oil and filter without touching them.

My only real complaint is that they're not compatible with frame sliders. I have considered carefully hole-sawing openings for the frame sliders, but I can't quite bring myself to do it.
Merlin is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome