I have SW Motech bars on my 2008 and a skid plate who's brand I don't remember. While on a road trip I was able to remove the left outside cover with the stator in it to check the doohickey tension. I had to use an angel grinder to cut bit of the skid plate to make room.
I did not want to remove the bars because of my experience trying to reinstall those bars after having dropped the bike fairly hard a few times. The bars did their job of protecting the bike, but were stressed/tweaked a bit and getting all the bolts to fit back in required a lot of force from ratchet straps and crow bars.
Now, when I occasionally notice that the bars are a little closer to the plastic than usual, I park the bike between two pickups and attach some heavy ratchet straps or come-along cable pullers to the bars and crank them back out a bit.