Charlie from Weld86 responded (emailed back in less than an hour!) that his skid plate should have no problems interfering with Givi engine guards.
My guess would be that Suzuki is thinking that its fine if you want to protect your oil filter from rocks and branches, but I would go jumping over logs with a skid plate attached to an engine.Hello, I'm in the same situation as the The Schrocketeer who started this thread. And I almost bought Happy Trail crash bar and skid plate for my 2006 DL 650. But...it looked maybe a bit cumbersom?? So I now am inclined to try the Outback Motortek bars and skid plate. But my one question remains; wondering about the strength of the upper engine bracket/through bolt as a mounting point. I see on 2016 and later models, Suzuki has an OEM crash bar which mounts to this through bolt. And I wonder if they have strengthened that upper engine mount bracket since my 2006. Most other manufacturers go out of their way to avoid this as a mounting point. On my 2006, that v bracket is not a solid bar, but U shaped with internal cross bracing on the inner side. I wonder if 2012 or later Vs have solid upper engine brackets. Trying to understand if Suzuki's more recent belief in that bracket applies to my 2006 bike as well. Does any one know? Thx.
True, but that is perhaps also a bit out of the intended market usage of a V-Strom, although I have lightly bounced mine off a few logs to no damage.My guess would be that Suzuki is thinking that its fine if you want to protect your oil filter from rocks and branches, but I would go jumping over logs with a skid plate attached to an engine.