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  1. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Hi guys, I have, what I assume is a oem Suzuki Crash bars and a oem skid plate on my bike... I'm not too happy with the protection and coverage that the oem crash bars are providing. They barely protect any plastics on anything that is not a soft grass laydown. So I was starting to wonder if I...
  2. V-Strom Modifications and Performance
    2018 V-Strom 1000XT Curious if anyone's done this before. I don't like how low the SW-Motech Crash Bars are... and the Givi Crash Bars seem to be at least at a 'decent' height. BUT the Givi Skid Plate is HORRIBLE imo because of how much variance there can be on the skid plate. As in, I've seen...
  3. Maintenance, Tech and Products.
    Hello, I just purchased a 2017 650 xt and am getting ready to purchase some protection for the bike. I live in Utah and plan on riding a mix of fire roads and pavement and possibly some desert terrain. I am torn between going with Outback Motortek and Happy Trails. Can anyone speak from...
  4. DL1000A - 2017-19
    I need a crash course (Bad choice of wording?) regarding Crash Bar, Center Stand & Skid Plate for '18 DL1K XT. Leave for NV ride on Aug 4th (75% of road). Does SWMotech, GIVI or other... offer all three as compatible system? Am I to mix and match suppliers? Do I assume all '14 yrs and above...
  5. DL650A - 2017+
    Hej folks, 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...
  6. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    I want to get a skid plate so I can go off-road and minimise the risk of smashing things on the bottom of my bike. And it looks like most skid plates assume you have crash bars first, which are probably a good idea. I've done lots of searching here, and I'm checking out lots of retailers and...
  7. DL650A - 2012-2016
    Hey guys, New to this forum. Just wondering if the Givi bash plate will fit with SW mototech crash bars? I'm planning on switching the bash plate for a different brand in a little while but I need to know if it will fit with the bars for the time being.
  8. Maintenance, Tech and Products.
    I have an on-line subscription to ADVMoto magazine and just received a notice the latest issue was available. Now truth be told, there really isn't much inside most of their issues related to "our" bikes as they cater more to the hard core adventure motorcyclists, Dakar types, RTW folks on...
  9. General V-Strom Discussion
    I live in the dc area which is pretty contested and has a lot of aggressive and distracted drivers so I'm always very aware when I'm sitting at an intersection. I stay in 1st and watch my mirrors and know where I'm going if I have to get out of the way in a hurry...wasn't enough today...
  10. DL650A - 2012-2016
    I just wanted to answer some questions I had remaining after reading the 10,456 crash bar threads I found before I installed my crash bars. This is all regarding the new Sw-motech bars and a 2013 strom. I had no issues removing the OEM bolts- I guess warm sunshine was all the heat they needed...
  11. DL650A - 2012-2016
    Just bought a new one and on the ride home, I noticed a vibration coming up thru the bars at 66 & 67 mph (only in that range) that feels like there is little grooves in the highway. The dealer said they have no clue what or why. Any ideas? Has me baffled!
  12. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    Hi there I was hoping some one could tell me the price of the factory crash bar option in the US? The australian dollar is very strong against the US dollar atm. Regards Mark
  13. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    if my '09 wee abs ever gets up here, its already got givi crash bars on it but i'm thinking of having a welder dude i know design some "super heavy duty" add ons so i can then have Happy Trail custom make me some smaller style aluminum front pannier boxes thatll mount on them like their rear...
  14. Product Reviews
    An adventure ride tested my abilities and subsequently my GIVI crash bars. They lasted three years of minor abuse, but when it came to rocky terrain they bent into the body work. I replaced them with the AltRider skid plate and crash bars on my 2007 DL650. Here is a summary of the full review...
  15. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    What can I reasonably expect with crash bars installed and what additional protection can I expect from frame sliders? No scrapes to the frame and engine case? How about the plastic? I guess it is a given that the turn indicators will be damaged. David
  16. DL650 and DL650A - 2004 to 2011
    I have read several posts on people saying which crash bars they like best, but am having trouble finding which frame sliders go on easiest with the crash bars. I have an 09 DL650 just about to get my 600 mi service done and I want to protect my investment. I am thinking about getting the SW-M...
  17. V-Strom Modifications and Performance
    I've installed Givi crash bars on my DL650AK7 and I'm having some vibration problems (though not severe). I'm just wondering if this vibration is "normal" or if I should try to return the bars. The vibration seems to have a resonant frequency where they vibration feels (and sounds) pretty...
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