Nope. Your bike, your decision. Its not as if there isn't enough stuff written on these boards to make a choice on your own.naturally I will be purchasing crash bars after my little off. My two choices over here seem to be the GIVI or the motech bars. I've read about the vibration issues and the GIVI and have also they offer better protection than the Motech. Can you please help me make my mind up.
altrider gets a big +1I have recently installed the AltRider crashbars. Check them out here:
AltRider: AltRider Crash Bars in Black for the Suzuki V-Strom DL 650
Originally only available in a silver finish, they can now be obtained in matt black. They are extremely high quality - hence, the higher-than-average price of $289.79 USD. They are constructed with Stainless Steel tubing. I you scratch some of the black paint off, they aren't going to rust.
They are also designed to match with their black anodized aluminum skid plate:
AltRider: AltRider Skid Plate in Black for Suzuki V-Strom DL 650
Good hunting. :bom_guitarist:
i just changed mine a week ago. i did it on a rear wheel paddock stand. toward the end of the draining time the oil ran forward on the case and into the bash plate. had probably two cups of oil trapped in there. it's a tight fit to get your hand in there and sop it up. the plate's drain hole is oblong just so you can drain it on the side stand. i think that would work better. you can get the oil filter off the bike but you CANNOT get it out of the bash plate. i had to loosen the oil cooler and pull the side cooler line. this was MUCH easier than it would have been to remove the bash plate. i e-mailed them with a suggestion to flair out the flair maybe an inch or even machine a notch just enough to make room to squeeze the filter out. ????How easy to change oil filter and oil with the Altrider plate and bars?
Oh! Oh! I haven't yet got to that stage in my maintenance. I'll see if that is going to be the same on my wee.you can get the oil filter off the bike but you CANNOT get it out of the bash plate. i had to loosen the oil cooler and pull the side cooler line. this was MUCH easier than it would have been to remove the bash plate.
so, you know what i mean about not wanting to remove the plate.Oh! Oh! I haven't yet got to that stage in my maintenance. I'll see if that is going to be the same on my wee.
Thanks Dorzok for the idea for loosening the Oil Cooler line.