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I want to get crash bars and a skid plate for a 2015 VStrom 1000.

Which ones do you like, recommend or don't like?

Also, does the radiator need additional protection? I'm planning an around the country trip and want reasonable protection for the bike.

All advice, opinions appreciated.
 

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Hey brother, I just picked up an SW Motech skid plate and put it on the other day. It mounts up to my Suzuki crash bars and seems pretty bomb proof where it attaches front and back. The sides mount to the lower crank casing with a braket and some small gauge rubber mounted bolts that don't look super beefy, but they aren't the main attachments so hopefully it isn't a weak point. The good thing is, it more than protects the header and oil filter with the way it attaches to the crash bar. It also runs longer underneath the exhaust than a lot of others out there. I head on a week long trip through Baja in 6 weeks so I'll let you know how it does.

As for Crash bars; like I said, I have the Suzuki bars. As far as looks go, I'm not that hot on them with the curved front end, but I do like the preformed fog light hoops. I haven't dumped the bike yet so I can't tell you how they've done in the real thing but I've intentionally laid the bike on my garage floor to see where the contact points are. On a flat surface without the inertia of a crash, nothing touches, but the plastics on either side of your tank will probably be the 1st to go with these bars if you come off. The good news? The radiator is very well protected from the side and even the front corners with the fog light loops. Most of the other bars out there are pretty similar to the Suzuki bars but don't protect your radiator as well. The only difference is the Tourtech bars. They look SWEET (IMO) and cover the tank well as apposed to Other offering. The problem is that there isn't any material between that top bar and the lower attachment point. You lay the bike over in the rocks and you have a pretty good chance of replacing some pricy parts. It's your call and it also depends on what kind of riding you do.

Good luck and let me know what you go with!
 

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I have both Kappa and they work great. I've dropped the bike a few times (it's a 650) and the crash bars hold it pretty well.


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I've got the SW Motech crash bars and just installed the SWM skid plate on my '14 V2. I like the looks and install was not a problem. Haven't tested the crash bars yet but I'm sure it's coming soon. Only have 100 miles with the skid plate so no scrapes yet.
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I also installed an R&G radiator guard. Installed it in 5 minutes and after 10k kms still in it's place.


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Hey brother, I just picked up an SW Motech skid plate and put it on the other day. It mounts up to my Suzuki crash bars and seems pretty bomb proof !


Same setup for me and I like the OEM crash bar better than the others I looked at.
 
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