Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Prescott, Wi. Upper Ms.River bluff country
I have both the Givi crash bars and the Givi engine guard installed on my "17 DL 650. The crash bars install fairly easily if you have basic mechanical sense, patience, and access to a torque wrench. The instructions, like all Givi instructions are like those from the Blue and Yellow Furniture Stores; pictogram with no wording. There is a slight bit of interference fit, which I think was designed in to keep a small amount of tension on the crash bar assembly in order to keep them tight during torque twist and frame flex.
The engine guard is made of 3mm aluminum and as mentioned elsewhere, mounts directly to the engine and is riveted together; more of an "oil filter cover" or pebble shield really, which is what I was mainly concerned about. I ride mostly pavement with some gravel roads, but not any rough or rocky terrain, At only 3mm thick, It won't survive a hard bottoming or high center, and IMO would cushion a hard impact and give out before any damage would occur to the engine case. If you plan to do some serious off roading, then a frame-mounted engine guard would be a better choice.
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