Givi TN1111 Engine Guards Honda NC700X 2012-2014
Good bars, good coverage, good attach points
Reviewed for 2013 Honda NC700x Manual.
Took me about an hour to figure out how to put this on, i have no mechanical experience.
The attachment points are solid and this provides better coverage than competitor crash bars, from what I've read.
Some have seen rusting on GIVI crash bars after a year or two though it's unsure if that was a bad batch or a chronic issue. Ask me in one year and I'll have a long term opinion.
Note - these crash bars DO NOT come with longer screws with which to attach to the bike. This means the threads do not thread all the way through like they do on stock. I puchased some longer 10.9 bolts to replace the stock bolts, as it seemed imprudent to add stress the threads were not initially designed for, and reduce the strength of the bolt by decreasing thread area.
May 4, 2015
Protection in case...
Though you never want to lay it down, things happen. These engine guards hit all the right buttons with me. They look good, they mount using the engine mounts and frame, and they feel stout. Like most, I have no desire to test how they perform in a crash.
The one drawback is the instructions. They are not very clear in some areas. YouTube can be your friend for this. Overall, very happy with the purchase.
February 24, 2015
Not compatable with Honda light bar.
This product is not compatible with the OEM Honda light bar but nowhere is that mentioned. I contacted customer support and got nowhere.
That said fit and finish are good and I decided this was more important than the bar however had I known this I would of went with a different bar.
December 16, 2014
This engine guard is an essential upgrade for adventure riding
I recommend this product for NC700 owners that want to protect the engine in cases of a slid out or spill.
December 8, 2014
Great bars, awful instructions
Ok, the good news. As always revzilla shipped liked lightning and it literally took thirty minutes to put these bars on my NC700x (DCT) once I found an alternate set of instructions on-line. They look great and the product is really good quality. The contact points seem appropriate and they will probably do the trick if/when it tips over in my garage or camp-site. It mounts in three places on the bike, two engine/frame points and one cross frame piece. Seems like they will absorb the impact and if it’s more serious I think they will reduce the damage.
The downside of this kit is Givi itself. They make these really beautiful and sturdy bars but don't give you replacement bolts for the mounts, instead they let you rely on the existing screws? I know aluminum screws are pricey but at $180 bucks you could throw in four slightly longer screws. The problem with using exising screws is that the mounting bolts aren’t going in as far as originally spec’d. I've ordered some longer screws and will replace them when they come in. Also, I like minimalist instructions as much as the next knuckle dragger but Givi has taken it to absurd levels (three pages- six pictures- about twelve words in English). At the very least Givi could include the torque specs for the engine bolts that need to be reset. Yes, I know they recommend a professional install them.
July 15, 2014
Fit perfectly and easily installed in about 30 mins taking my time. Finish is very nice also.
July 4, 2014
A bit pricey but its worth it
Overall it installs easy and looks really nice. I recommend using a ratcheting box wrench to install the hard-to-reach bolts. This saves a lot of time and frustraion. If not a ratcheting wrench make sure its a 12 point box, a 6 point will not work.
April 28, 2014
Nothing out of the ordinary
I have nothing extraordinary to report about this product. Shipping took a little longer than usual, just because it is stocked out west and I'm not too far from Philly. The bars went on easily with a minimum of fuss. It's handy to have a flexible or wobble socket extension in order to tighten the bolts on the frame tube brackets. I can't attest to the effectiveness of the bars but they look good and I'm happy with that.
March 18, 2014