Givi TN422 Crash Bars Kawasaki Versys 2010-2014
A must-have for any Versys owner
It's probably good to start this review by acknowledging that 1) I do a lot of stupid riding with my Versys, and 2) I have consequently crashed it several times. Laugh all you want, but I can tell you exactly how good these engine guards are. Pretty darn good, as it turns out.
Long story short, I've crashed my Versys on both sides in the last year (see attached photos for Crash 1 and Crash 2). Notice that in both photos, the engine guards are scuffed up pretty good, but *everything* underneath is untouched. And that's the story - at $200 (or even $400) these things are a steal. Mine have already paid for themselves about 500%.
All that said, few minor complaints / warnings:
First, these engine guards do NOT prevent damage to the whole bike, and there's no guarantee that you'll be able to drive away after a spill. My last crash saw a cracked fairing and windscreen, minor scuffs to a few superficial plastic bits, and (unfortunately) a footpeg that snapped completely off the frame (!). Both crashes resulted in slightly bent handlebars as well. These guards primarily protect the critical, hard to replace parts of your bike, like the frame, clutch / engine covers, exhaust headers, etc., but it comes at the expense of the cheaper, more exposed parts of your bike. I was able to limp home from the first crash, but not the second.
Second, the finish on these guards is not great. Within about 8 months I saw little rust spots forming in some places that hadn't even been scuffed yet. This is pretty easy to solve - I just sanded them down, primed, and painted the guards fresh on my own - but it's a little annoying. I don't store my Versys in a garage, however, so that probably doesn't help.
Finally, these are a bit of a pain to install, and not a little nerve-wracking considering you have to pull out a huge stock bolt that I could have sworn was holding the engine in place (it wasn't). I recommend a rearstand, or any other way of holding the bike straight up and down, off the kickstand. This should take the torque out of the frame and make it easier to get the big bolts in and out. There's also a specific order to getting everything installed on each side, so plan ahead before you tighten everything up.
Combining these last two nits, I'd suggest sanding and refinishing these guards with high-quality primer and paint before you even put them on your bike. You don't have to, of course, but better to do it upfront than have to painfully uninstall and reinstall if you see some rusty spots down the road.
Btw, fellow California residents, note that these guards will fit around your vapor canister, but you'll need to take the cover off to install it.
September 6, 2015
Great product......vague instructions....
In spite of GIVI's habit of providing vague, if not seemingly indecipherable, instructions for installing its products, I will continue to order the items from them to accessorize my bike. When installing these engine guards, begin with the long threaded bolt and locating its installation point on your bike. Once done, the rest of the install is easy. The engine guards also make a nice place to rest your feet when riding. I'm considering the addition of highway pegs mounted to the guards.
July 27, 2015
Looks great on my Versys. Hope to to test it out anytime soon but it looks and feels sturdy. As for installation I had to by some spacers because I also installed the SW Mototech skid plate. They look great together.
April 3, 2015
Very sturdy/ looks great
To put the guard on is not technically difficult but u have to be patient / biggest thing to remember is don't tighten up bolts all the way before you have the bar on to specs/ definitely makes the Versys 650 more rugged looking
February 18, 2013