Recently picked up a 2006 650 V-Strom with only 2,000 miles on it and am in the process of fitting it out.
So here goes. I know that this topic has been beat to death, but I am looking to put crash bars and skid plate on her, and after reading all the posts on this topic, I am more confused than ever. So I am looking for some help on deciding on what to purchase.
I will list my choices along with the proís and conís of each brand that I came up with.
Givi: High coverage on the tank, bars are far away from the tank to allow for bending before coming in contact with tank, not braced very well and may be weakest of the lot, cross bar in front of cylinder far away, lots of skid plates fit them, inexpensive.
Hepco- Becker: Large tubes, solid construction, seems to protect the tank well with a moderately tall bars. Yannis who makes these skid plates,
does not like how close the cross bar is to the cylinder, his concern is in the event of a crash they could do damage to the engine, few skid plates match up. Plan on getting his skid plate.
SW-Motech: Not alot of protection due to hugging the engine and not very tall, front cross bar close to cylinder, not alot of choices for skid plates.
Pat Walsh: They are not making or selling them anymore
Happy Trails: They have not been mentioned by anyone, so here is a link to their site,
They are very tall and looks like they would provide alot of protection, ugly and only 25.5 mm tubes, crossbar far away from front cylinder and gas tank, alot of skid plates match up.
Altrider: Looks strong and well braced, cross bar close to cylinder, not alot of tank protection, expensive, limited skid plate choices.
So thats it, look forward to your thoughts.