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post #1 of 24 Old 01-19-2007, 02:39 AM Thread Starter
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Which is cheaper, guards or fairing?

If I'm not mistaken it looks like the engine guards for the Strom are around $230.00 and the skid plate is about $200.00-$230.00 (does that sound about right?). That's a total of (approx.) $460.00!!
Then I heard you could get one of those lower fairings for $450.00, and that's including shipping.

Am I close on those prices or are there other options for suppliers?
I think I paid $260.00 for the engine guards and skid plate for my KLR.
460 seems a little steep considering what you're getting. Are all Strom accessories so pricey?

Of course I realize the fairing offers absoutely zero protection in a fall, but they sure do look perty.

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Engine Guards run about $145 for the Givi up to about $180 for the Hepco Becker (search around and you can find them at this price). Add about $15 for shipping unless you can get a free shipping deal. Pat Walsh has a skid plate/crashbar combo for $250 (http://www.patwalshdesigns.com/guard.html). Don't know about skid plates that will work with the first two I mentioned. I am leaning towards the Givis now since I don't plan on doing an rock riding on my Strom, just some light trail/fire road use at most. Pat also has a radar shelf for the Strom that I plan on getting.

As far as the plastic fairing, I don't see it providing any real protection, just looks. The fairing just makes it look like a sport bike, and would probably be shredded in a wreck, and won't protect the underbelly from a hard hit. Also I don't think they stick out at all on the side like a crash bar so you won't have any protection if you drop the bike.

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www.happy-trail.com has the givis for I think 137.00 they give the best protection and you can get a skid plate from Dan Vessel I think for 85. this is a good set up, the Givis give the most protection. I have heard lots of bad comments on the Pat Walsh.. I have low sided my strom twice and have had no problems with the GiVis. The protected the bike completly except for a rashed hand guard and a rashed passenger peg..
givi's all the way!!!
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That Patwalsh link is not working the GIVI's are more like $162 - $186. Not sure what the diference is besides what they look like.

Thanks for the ideas.

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http://patwalshdesigns.com/index.html Try this one......

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post #6 of 24 Old 01-27-2007, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Crash bars it is!

I've opted for the Givi crash bars but no skid plate (yet).

Thanks for the help.

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California Sport Touring Givi crash bars= $145.98 That is where I got mine. But... if you are in Canada see my saga about getting them here. Insist on parcel tracking.

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post #8 of 24 Old 01-28-2007, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Twisted Throttle $145.98... http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...tview/420/192/

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Had zero problems getting my Givi bars, just went to the local Yamaha dealer and ordered them. Paid a bit more but I like to support local business. Had issues with the install but that is in the past now.

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I meant to ask about the install..... How much plastic do you need to remove to get them on? It looks like the upper mount hides behind a black plastic piece.

btw... My bike's a 2005 Wee.

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