Color Matching Givi Crash Bars/Tank Guards

I bought a 2005 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom about a week and a half ago. The day after I bought it, tried stopping on a lateral slope and lo and behold, planted my foot downhill and toppled the bike onto the Givi crash bar, gouging the thing up pretty good on the gravel.


Step 1: You need a metric 6mm Allen/hex key to remove the bolts holding the crash bar on. I didn’t find one in the tool kit that comes with the bike, so I had to buy a set. (Somehow we didn’t have a single metric Allen key in the house.)

Step 2: Regular satin black Rustoleum sold at Lowe’s matches the original color of the Givi V-Strom tank guard really well. I’m no expert, in fact this is my first time doing something like this, but here’s what I did: I took some fine (150 grit) sandpaper to it to get the rust out and smooth out the scrapes, gave the surface a quick once-over with water and dish soap, then put on the first coat of paint, which I put on far too thick, giving it a smooth and goopy appearance that obviously wasn’t good, so I gave it a day to dry, sanded it lightly with 220 grit sandpaper to get the goopy appearance out, cleaned again with water and dish soap, then re-sprayed with the Rustoleum, holding the spray can a bit further back and putting on a thinner coat to give it a rougher finish like the factory paint job. You can tell it’s not perfect if you’re checking out the bar, but I have no prior experience with this whatsoever, so I never expected it to be perfect.

I think this is a win. Ride on! And don’t drop the bike next time!

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