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I've been seeing a bunch of pictures pop up on Instagram of brand new 22' KLR's rolling out of the showroom with sweet looking engine guards. I'd really like to get a set installed over winter, but i think the dirt racks set looks like bulky boxy garbage, so i was curious to find out where these sweet looking ones came from. After a little digging, it became clear that all these photos were posted from Argentina dealer accounts. "That's interesting? maybe i'll do a little oddball detective work" - I messaged one of the accounts to see what the deal is with these engine guards? There was a bit of trouble with the translating at first, but we ironed it out eventually with help from google translate. Fun fact - they call them "Las Defenses de Motor"...anyway - the dealer account manager informed me that these come stock on all the 22' models sold in Argentina only?!! They also come with a fitted bike tarp. WTF Kawasaki? I can't wrap my head around why they would ship 22' models with primo accessories in only one market? maybe just a sales test. I asked the guy if they have sets to sell separately...he said no. Wild. Anyway - i thought this was a mildly interesting discovery. Anyone know of any other decent looking guard sets? I know T-rex racing is close to launching a set that looks like it will be real nice.

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As I understood it from another posting a week or two ago, by allowing an Argentinian aftermarket accessory Company to Supply the shown engine/fairing guards as an OEM installed part on the Argentinian models, Kawasaki was able to side-step about a 1000 what-ever money of IMPORTATION Fees for the home market of the model with the OEM Product.

I'm sure that sooner or later a Larger Argentinian Dealership will be able to sell these 'oem replacement' parts to the world.
Just like RMATV/MC does with all oem brand parts, in the USA.
 

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Funny. I reached out to them as well. The dealership I spoke to said they do not have any in stock right now, but may have some soon. When I asked if they would ship to the United States, I got a cryptic answer of, “We are at you service.” Probably a Google Translate thing.

With the update T-Rex is making to their setup, I think they are the winner, anyway. But these ones in Argentina are quite nice. Don’t know if they would be the strongest, but they look nice on the bike.
 

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I'd like to see the anchor point to the frame at the top of the Argentinian Guards. If there is one, under/thru the fairing?
 

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I'm sure most of you are also following on facebook gen 3 forums also, but i'm waiting for the Happy Trails guards to be released. They showed some teaser pictures, and they look much better than the previous offerings I've seen.
 

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As I understood it from another posting a week or two ago, by allowing an Argentinian aftermarket accessory Company to Supply the shown engine/fairing guards as an OEM installed part on the Argentinian models, Kawasaki was able to side-step about a 1000 what-ever money of IMPORTATION Fees for the home market of the model with the OEM Product.

I'm sure that sooner or later a Larger Argentinian Dealership will be able to sell these 'oem replacement' parts to the world.
Just like RMATV/MC does with all oem brand parts, in the USA.
Interesting. Yeah i guess that sounds about right. Thanks for the insight (y)
 

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Funny. I reached out to them as well. The dealership I spoke to said they do not have any in stock right now, but may have some soon. When I asked if they would ship to the United States, I got a cryptic answer of, “We are at you service.” Probably a Google Translate thing.

With the update T-Rex is making to their setup, I think they are the winner, anyway. But these ones in Argentina are quite nice. Don’t know if they would be the strongest, but they look nice on the bike.
haha. that's awesome. a fellow insta-sleuth. I told my guy to let me know if he ever finds an extra set for sale. his response - "OKEY (y)(y)" - My takeaway? - OKAY = OKEY in Spanish 🔑
 

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I'm sure most of you are also following on facebook gen 3 forums also, but i'm waiting for the Happy Trails guards to be released. They showed some teaser pictures, and they look much better than the previous offerings I've seen.
im not on facebook so i missed the teasers, but i did see that they put some pictures up on their website. meh.....they definitely look better than the dirt racks setup, but again, this design just looks a little wonky against the lines of the bike imo. Trex is current high bidder for clean design. i know performance rules the roost, but i still want clean lines too. too much to ask? greedy bastard.
 

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I've been seeing a bunch of pictures pop up on Instagram of brand new 22' KLR's rolling out of the showroom with sweet looking engine guards. I'd really like to get a set installed over winter, but i think the dirt racks set looks like bulky boxy garbage, so i was curious to find out where these sweet looking ones came from. After a little digging, it became clear that all these photos were posted from Argentina dealer accounts. "That's interesting? maybe i'll do a little oddball detective work" - I messaged one of the accounts to see what the deal is with these engine guards? There was a bit of trouble with the translating at first, but we ironed it out eventually with help from google translate. Fun fact - they call them "Las Defenses de Motor"...anyway - the dealer account manager informed me that these come stock on all the 22' models sold in Argentina only?!! They also come with a fitted bike tarp. WTF Kawasaki? I can't wrap my head around why they would ship 22' models with primo accessories in only one market? maybe just a sales test. I asked the guy if they have sets to sell separately...he said no. Wild. Anyway - i thought this was a mildly interesting discovery. Anyone know of any other decent looking guard sets? I know T-rex racing is close to launching a set that looks like it will be real nice.

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I like the clean look of these bars! I've been on a kick to see what 2018 accessories fit on the 2022 model. Seeing how easily the Tusk Pannier racks were to modify, I just ordered a set of 2018 klr eBay $117 crash bars 😂 & I'm gonna see what happens. I'm thinking they might just bolt right up with a little Bending??? Worth a try LoL
 

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I like the clean look of these bars! I've been on a kick to see what 2018 accessories fit on the 2022 model. Seeing how easily the Tusk Pannier racks were to modify, I just ordered a set of 2018 klr eBay $117 crash bars 😂 & I'm gonna see what happens. I'm thinking they might just bolt right up with a little Bending??? Worth a try LoL
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Keep us posted hombre 🐎 💨
The eBay bars arrived today! They will need some modification before they will bolt up because of the radiator mounts but it doesn't look like it'll be that hard to do. A little cutting & welding & I think I'll be ready to post about it. I'll take pictures of the whole process. These are the bars I ordered & they Feel pretty heavy duty for the price 👏😂
 

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My eyes might be out of wack tonight, but those look different than the other pictures.
A work in progress...😂 I might cut off the under tank supports once I weld on the upper support bars & clean them up a bit to make them look more like the Argentina bars. To me The main structure of these bars is not TOO different. Obviously they are completely not the same bars. 😂 I just got them in the mail yesterday & today was 70° so I messed with them for a couple hours and got them on the bike. I'll be working on them some more as the cold weather permits 😎👍
 

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Keep us posted hombre 🐎 💨
And here's with the upper bars welded on. They are so SOLID like this that I think I'll just leave the rear supports. My point was to see if they would fit & they DO! & FYI You can definitely make something closer to the Argentina crash bars with cheap older bars sets if you cut them apart more than I did 😎👍
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A work in progress...😂 I might cut off the under tank supports once I weld on the upper support bars & clean them up a bit to make them look more like the Argentina bars. To me The main structure of these bars is not TOO different. Obviously they are completely not the same bars. 😂 I just got them in the mail yesterday & today was 70° so I messed with them for a couple hours and got them on the bike. I'll be working on them some more as the cold weather permits 😎👍
Dude - this looks so nice! I have a mig welder, although its been a little while since i took it for a walk. But you've inspired me to think a bit more about getting creative with fabbing something custom.
 

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Dude - this looks so nice! I have a mig welder, although its been a little while since i took it for a walk. But you've inspired me to think a bit more about getting creative with fabbing something custom.
Glad to hear you like my style! 👊😎
I really didn't like anything else on the market as of now. They're either too boxy or too spaceshipy for me. $100 bucks for some bars that I can customize sounded like a better option right now. My mig welder is just a $90 harbor freight jobby. It Works kinda good to a point then you have to turn the heat up & the speed down to melt in effectively... I beat on my welds with a hammer to make SURE they're attached after 💪😂
 

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Hi, greetings from Argentina, yesterday I received my KLR, it is the same bike in the image of Matttfang since the dealer Pizzutti Motors took a picture of it before sending it to me.
The crash bar is OEM here in Argentina, but don't be sad, you pay us7,000 and we pay us17,000 for the same bike with 4 pipes added.
 

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Hi, greetings from Argentina, yesterday I received my KLR, it is the same bike in the image of Matttfang since the dealer Pizzutti Motors took a picture of it before sending it to me.
The crash bar is OEM here in Argentina, but don't be sad, you pay us7,000 and we pay us17,000 for the same bike with 4 pipes added.
Love those crash bars, but I would never pay $17k for a friggin KLR. That’s the definition of extortion right there :rolleyes:
 
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