Constructed of a 4mm-thick aluminum base plate and 3mm-thick side plates for heavy-duty, light-weight protection. Where the base plates and side plates overlap, it forms a riveted 7mm-thick rail for extra rigidity. Base plate includes side protectors that wrap around the engine block to provide both bottom and side protection.. Available in bare aluminum with powder coated black side plates.
All hardware needed to mount the skidplate is included. Installs using basic hand tools. No welding, cutting, or drilling of existing frame or body parts required. Designed to work with OEM components -- we cannot assure fit with aftermarket exhausts or other accessories.
- Effective underbody protection from collisions and loose stones
- Made of 3 mm aluminum plate
- Mounting points/brackets constructed of 5mm thick steel
- Brushed silver finish
- Tight-to-bike design provides much more ground clearance and cornering clearance than other skidplates on the market
- Engine guard
- Mounting material
- Mounting instructions
Please Note: Not compatible with Hepco & Becker Crashbars.
Versys 650 '07-'09 (requires removal of original lower plastic trim, plastic trim mounting points, and original plastic "skidplate")
Versys 650 '10 and later
haydenkd from kawasakiversys.com said on November 10, 2010:
"It is a very well made unit and I like the two tone [black and silver color]. It makes the transition from black to silver as it leaves the motor and surrounds the muffler. Kind of blends in.
Installation does require that you remove the original plastic lowers and their mounting brackets.
An earlier post [in kawasakiversys.com] indicated that you used the original brackets to mount the new skidplate. Not so. SW-MOTECH uses a 3/16" or so plate support that bolts to the motor frame in front and the through-bolt in back. They are the same connection points that are used for the crash bars. Very strong with good rubber grommets to minimize vibes.
Oil changes: I use a filter that has a nut on the end (K&N) so I think you could probably change the filter with the skidplate on the bike. But, I don't think I will. I'd just undo 6 of the 8 skidplate attachment bolts and let it swivel down on the other 2, providing access to the filter.
Pricey? Yeah. Quality and fit. Top notch."
- Review by matthew blain
Over all worth the money, and they look cool ! (Posted on 6/21/13)