Givi TN532 Crash Bars Suzuki V-Strom DL650 2004-2011
Easy install, no vibrations!
I ready lots of reviews of crash bars for the V-strom before I pulled the trigger on these Givi bars. I was especially concerned about how many people complained of horrible vibrations at around 4700-5200 rpm. Before I installed the bars, I revved the bike up to that area and, yes, the engine of the 650 V-strom vibrates very noticeably at that range. I installed the bars, worried about all of the various fixes I had read about to deal with these horrible vibrations. I was apparently very lucky, because after installing the bars, I didn't think there was anything more I had to do. Yes, they vibrated, but no more than any other part of the bike, and they didn't make any noise. I had to put my hand on them to notice if they were moving or not. My only complaint about these bars is the joint where the two sides come together did not fit well as described in the "instructions". I had to add some washers to make everything fit right. It was as if they added the "O" rings to stop the vibrations, but didn't account for the additional space they would take up in the clamp below. Adding a couple washers fixed this. The instructions were fair, but could use a bit more clarity. I was glad that I looked in the forums and reviews first to know to do one side at a time, to use loctite and to torque to 16.6 ft lbs. The whole things from opening the package to completion was under an hour. Bottom line: I would do it again!
July 5, 2016
What you see is what you get
True, you have to figure it out on your own with the directions, but it isn't rocket science. Just don't take out all bolts on both sides at the same time or your engine will drop out! Only do one side at a time. It takes a little work connecting the two sides at the bottom, but overall a quality product.
August 25, 2015
Nice Looking Guards, Fairly Easy Install & Good Price!
Although I have several years of riding experience, this was the first real piece of equipment I have ever installed on a bike (and I do not consider myself very mechanically inclined).
With that said, the installation took a little over an hour and was fairly straight forward after watching some YouTube videos. The instructions from Givi are worse than almost anything else I've ever seen. Still, I made it and the bars look great, and NO vibration!!
This and a Givi luggage rack was my first order with Revzilla. I called to confirm I had the right products for my bike, and the staff member was professional and great to speak with!
August 17, 2015
Unfortunately I used them twice, they do an exc. Job in protecting your knee and byke.
May 25, 2015
Went on easy. Sturdy
The packaging was more difficult to get off than installing the bars. They went on quick and give me the protection my bike needs. I would recommend a longer wrench so you can get them snugged up good.
May 18, 2015
Directions were a joke
The finish and seeming durability were what I was hoping for. However, the directions came in French only (my shipping address was in the US. I get that we are uneducated but no need to shove it in our faces, Revzilla). The parts were intuitive enough to put on the bike without the written word. I only had to take it off and reassemble it once. I still wonder what the warning signs said though...
March 24, 2015
Vibrations at higher RPMs
The instruction manual was a joke, but was enough to figure out how to install the guards without too much difficulty. It took some wiggling to get everything lined up, and tightening down the brackets was fun. Make sure to do this with a cold engine to avoid being burned.
I had heard about these bars causing vibrations in the handlebars at 6k RPMs and up, but I feel a lot of vibration in the foot pegs and lower part of the bike at 5k RPM, and a good amount of vibration in the bars at 6.3k RPM and up. It's bad, but not intolerable. When riding, I can reach down and feel how much the bars are vibrating, and it's a lot.
I bought these bars because they were the cheapest bars out there that covered the fairings as well. I will be buying better bars when I can afford them, and selling these. The vibrations start to get to you when riding long distances.
Bottom line (tl;dr):
These are good bars for the money, but there are better ones out there. If you can afford other bars, buy those instead.
I have heard that installing a piece of rubber between the bars and bike can help reduce the vibration. I have not tried this yet, but I will. Others have filled the bars with BBs or foam to reduce vibration. I will consider trying these tricks as well.
2006 DL650, no skid plate, stock handlebars and bar end weights, stock windshield and hand guards, aftermarket heated grips, Givi Monokey side cases, everything else is stock.
August 18, 2014
Saved the bike!!
I bought the engine guards as a gift for my son and his newest bike. He'd had the guard on for 2 weeks when late one night he turned a corner into a car with no lights on, wrong side of street, and went down trying to avoid it. The guards did a great job of protecting his bike, which emerged with fairly minor damage - as did he. Without them, his bike would not have fared so well.
August 11, 2014