Originally Posted by Walkabout
How substantial do you reckon are the bashplate and the engine bars? Also, what was the delivery time from your dealer?
It looks pretty sturdy -- it should certainly stop stones being thrown up to hit the oil cooler, filter or manifold pipe, and resist a fairly good knock. If you're worried about the bike bottoming out, then note the manifold "pokes through" the bottom of the plate by a couple of mm.
I was pretty lucky with delivery time, they had this one in stock, so it just took as long as it took to get the top-box and fittings from Givi and for me to sort out insurance.
I was originally thinking of the V-Strom Grand Tourer, but apparently Suzuki are backlogged on the pannier deliveries, and I really wanted the bike to head up to Scotland as the last time I did that on my old Bandit 600, it was definitely starting to show a bit of strain.
You can get the bash plate and screen separately from Suzuki (search for "skid plate" on the Suzuki UK website), and note the centre stand isn't included, I paid extra for that. Having said all that, as the bike doesn't have ABS, it is still cheaper than the standard V-Strom.
Hope that helps,