Givi TN421 Engine Guards KLR650 2008-2015
Great Fit and Finish, Instructions Suck
I bought the Givi Engine Guards for my 2015 KLR 650 in conjunction with the Alt Rider skid plate (see other review for that one). The instructions that come with the Givi engine guards leave much to be desired which essentially meant I had to figure it out myself, which really wasn't a big deal but seriously hard hard is it to publish a detailed step by step guide? Anyways the guard fit perfectly after I sorted everything out, just remember a few key things if you do this yourself.
1- Never tighten anything down until everything is connected.
2- The center cross bar that goes through the engine is super important, once you have that in place the rest flows easier.
3- Work from the back of the bike forward when mounting.
Overall a great product and looks super slick on the bike, highly recommend!
July 26, 2015
All the holes line up
Easy installation. Looks like it will provide good protection
June 1, 2015
Good for KLR
And now a review from someone who has done a proper drop:
Bike crashed on its left side, while offroad, onto compressed, rocky soil, while taking a small jump...you can imagine the gravity involved. I got thrown off and the bike suffered cracked headlight- and top fairings. The GIVI bars survived but were bent closer to the engine, not touching the fairing. If I had not had the GIVI bars I would have had a cracked radiator and who knows what else....I would not have enjoyed riding 300km on the back of a KTM back home.
These bars are a good investment for a beginner, but do carry a tin of rust converter (black) as the coating on these bars is thin and will scratch off easily.
May 15, 2015
Nice addition to my KLR, but installation was a bear
Really nice finish and very solid. The instructions that came with it are a joke though. They need to be better. It took me a 3.5 hours to get this baby installed. Once it was installed it was good though. Very nice and I will be happy with it. I am not happy about the installation manual though. It needs to be more detailed and the bar that crosses the engine needs to be zoomed in on. I could not tell from the pictures how to install it. As for all this, I am happy with the product.
March 28, 2015
A great addition to my KLR.
Received the bar very quick in the mail, like other reviews there were a few scrapes (there going on a KLR, no biggie) . If you can paint by number you can install these crash bars in no time, EXTREMLY easy!!!
October 4, 2014
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