Givi TN421 Engine Guards KLR650 2008-2013
The guards are good quality and were fairly easy to install. They are compatible with the HT skid plate. I do not notice any additional vibration after installing the guards. I have not dropped the bike and so don't know how much protection they offer. I find the guard useful as a handle to pull the bike up on a centerstand.
June 12, 2014
Great once worked thru the defects
Overall, these crash bars are a great fit for the KLR650. The fit and finish was mostly good, with an exception in the case of the ones I received. I haven't had them on long enough to have tested their durability, but given other reviews I give them an excellent and I'll change if I learn otherwise.
The problem I had with mounting them, there was one missing bolt for the cross bar piece, so I ran to the hardware store and got another one. When I tried to put the bolt in, it was really resistant, thought I had the wrong thread or something. Nope, it was just a really bad nut that is welded onto the cross bar. I didn't have the right tap to fix it, so went with brute force which flattened the threads. I would suggest that Givi should tap these after the welding process and painting to make sure the threads are clean.
I would buy them again. I think for the price, and lower weight compared to other brands, this is a good balance.
June 2, 2014
Givi Crash bars on the KLR650 USED WITH the Altrider Skid
The coverage on the side of the crash bars is regrettably somewhat limited. An aggressive tip over created some rash on the upper fairing and the top of the main fairing. They didn't deform however and only scuffed a little bit after sliding 5' down a hill of bowling ball rocks. Great product and for the buck, darn effective. They mount up well with the Altrider skid plate, also sold by Revzilla. Great combo and they look good together.
June 2, 2014
Nice engine guards
These babies have done well. They have held up to my falling over in dirt and mud. No bends. They stick off the sides about 1 1/2inches so it's easy to throw your legs up during a ride like highway pegs. I'm happy I bought these guards.
March 10, 2014
I came across 2 issues....
Looks and feels flimsy. Looks good on the bike. Came out of the packaging with a scratch.....no big deal, I lay the bike down frequently. The holes that connected the center bracing were too small I had to drill them out. The center bracing a looks as if it will collapse and bend into the motor or the starter if a hard fall should occur. I also would have liked a little more protection for the radiator. I have yet to test durability and performance thus the average rating.
December 2, 2013
easy ferring removal
I ellected to purchase the Givi over the SW motech, and happy trails nerf bars with the idea of service ability and opens up the door to more options with other accessories such as skid plates, etc. you see alot of guys stating it taking them hours to install the nerfs and i am a guy that likes to tinker the last thing i want to do is spend hours removing something to get to my point of intrest of which not mentioning how long it takes to get to that. The SW motech i found to be a nice setup but could see there being issues fitting certain after market skid plates i might be wrong but in all i purchased this engine guard with practicality in mind with service ability and weight in factor of course. Down side of the engine guard I find is a large amount of vibrations at certain speeds and RPM but once installed the altrider skid plate with its 8 dampners all that went away. since my purchase i have disassembled my motorcycle countless times adding mods and making adjustments and not once have the guards been in my way. overall i believe i got what i paid for out of this product but do believe Givi should address the vibration issue in some way.
November 4, 2013
easy install great welds and finish
Easy to install. it took a half hour including removing my skid plate. the finish is perfect and so are the welds. much stronger than i thought it was going to be.
Tip. leave all bolts loose until they are all in, then tighten
September 9, 2013
Look good, seem sturdy, haven't tested them
These look good on the bike and they seem pretty solid. Instructions weren't the best, and getting them together by myself wasn't without challenges, but in the end it probably took about 2 hours. That includes forgetting the o-rings on the center connector the first time around and then removing the bolts one at a time to apply thread locker after I was happy with everything. The right and left sides didn't line up perfectly and weren't closing on the center connector completely, but after everything was tightened up, I gave it a good whack with a rubber mallet and it popped together perfectly. Haven't tested them yet....
May 21, 2013