Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Sister Lakes, MI
I have had both - SW Motech (or clones of them) on my 09, and Givis on my current 05. Looking at the construction of both, I don't know if one has a real advantage over the other. I changed because of price, availability, and to try a different look that went better with the bike (09 was silver, 05 is red). I will say that the Motech clones probably saved my leg in the accident that took out my 09 - the right side bar was bent back about 8 inches where it caught the front bumper of the car that hit me. That was enough to keep my leg from getting pinned between the car and the bike, and instead pushed both me and the bike clear from the car. Likewise, the left side bar took the brunt of the weight of the bike when I went down, keeping if off my leg. Looking at the Givis, I believe they would have done just as well.
As far as vibration goes, I have not noticed any issues with the Givis (I also used a healthy dose of RTV when putting the ends together). I also had no issues at all with the SWMotechs. Personally, I think it's a question of visual preference. Just my .02
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