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Offline Civiy

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Engine guards
on: January 21, 2020, 03:06:27 PM
I'm looking to buy engine guards my 2015 V1. Opinions and guidance is appreciated
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Offline DrGonzo615

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Re: Engine guards
Reply #1 on: January 21, 2020, 11:34:56 PM
I got the SW Motechs. They look the best out of the available options (IMO) and they definitely feel like quality stuff that would protect the bike.

Downsides are its a bit of a pain in the ass to install. I dont think I could have done it alone and there is some stuff that doesn't quite line up exactly so you gotta keep it loose until you are ready to tighten down all the bolts.

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Re: Engine guards
Reply #2 on: January 22, 2020, 12:14:45 AM
Good thing about later bike mods there are plenty of choices:

Check for engine guards from
1. Givi - used for V1K Gen 1 and 3.
2. Puig
3. Hepco and Becker
4. SW Motech
5. T- Rex - https://www.t-rex-racing.com/category-s/1594.htm
6. R&G - Only for V1K  3rd gen 2019 model.

Also visit, https://www.twistedthrottle.com/shop-by-bike/kawasaki. See what they have.

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Re: Engine guards
Reply #3 on: January 22, 2020, 03:34:41 AM
*Originally Posted by DrGonzo615 [+]
I got the SW Motechs. They look the best out of the available options (IMO) and they definitely feel like quality stuff that would protect the bike.

Downsides are its a bit of a pain in the ass to install. I dont think I could have done it alone and there is some stuff that doesn't quite line up exactly so you gotta keep it loose until you are ready to tighten down all the bolts.


I also installed  SW MoTech bars on my 2015, Sold the bike and reinstalled the bars on my son in laws 2015 1000. Bought the new bars for my new 2019 1000 SE.  Yes it was time consuming to do the install on both year models. Take your time study and follow the directions. Do not tighten up until all the bolts are started. Also pay attention to the instruction for the  position of the spacers, if you have the factory or SW MoTech aux light brackets and Or the SW Motech skid plate. I did the install by myself. A bit easier with a second set of hands for reaching around the bike, SW MoTech Stuff is a bit expensive but it is quality Stuff.
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Re: Engine guards
Reply #4 on: January 22, 2020, 07:38:38 AM
Givi guards are great....I've never put them to the test though   :001:   
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Re: Engine guards
Reply #5 on: January 22, 2020, 09:33:22 PM
The Givi's work very well. :003:

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Re: Engine guards
Reply #6 on: January 22, 2020, 11:44:42 PM
My votes on SW Motech.  Install wasn't difficult.  I've dropped my bike doing an offroad hill climb in Baja and performed beautifully.

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Re: Engine guards
Reply #7 on: January 23, 2020, 01:39:19 AM
I put SW Motech guards on my 2017 V1k.  I nearly ordered the Hepco and Beckers, but they were on back order for months on end at the time.  I think those 2 are the best looking options for our bikes.  I didn't care for the look of the Givi or the T-Rex Racing engine guards. 

The SW Motechs were kind of a pain in the ass to install, but they're sturdy.  The H&Bs should be a lot easier, but they only have 2 mounting points vs 3 on the SWMs.

I also put T-Rex Racing saddlebag guards on my bike.   I think the SW Motech engine guards and T-Rex saddlebag guards are the perfect combo.



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Re: Engine guards
Reply #9 on: January 24, 2020, 01:26:34 AM
Stlee29, you’ve posted a link to my personal favorite. Very substantial, installation wasn’t difficult and at probably 40 pounds the set, SRC Moto’s engine guards will protect. Not cheap in quality or price. Guards join in the front both above and below the radiator and include a strong bracket at the top juncture that attaches to the main upper fairing stay mount.





Last Edit: January 24, 2020, 02:10:08 AM by Bigpadg

 



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