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View Results: Which Tiger 800 Skid Plate Would You Pick?
Triumph factory (aluminum) 17 31.48%
SW Motech 11 20.37%
Givi 1 1.85%
AltRider 19 35.19%
Moose Racing 0 0%
Touratech 2 3.70%
Hepco Becker 0 0%
TCI Products 1 1.85%
Other 3 5.56%
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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Tiger 800; Which Skid Plate Would You Pick?

Hi all,
I'm picking up a new Tiger 800 XC in a few weeks and I thought it would be helpful to see what skid plate that people prefer, and give folks a single location to review them. Please take a minute to vote for your favorite, and feel free to post your experiences and frustration.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post!
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:40 PM   #2
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I bought the Triumph skid plate for my Roadie, which was a perfect fit and took a good beating during my summer ride to Alaska and the Northwest Territories. I changed the forward mounts so that the two bolts now thread into a couple of bosses on the frame rather than the stock setup. The skid plate needs to come off to change the oil filter (at least for the one I'm using).
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply! I am looking at the SW Motech skid plate just because I've had great luck with them and Twisted Throttle in the past. That being said, I don't want to miss out if there is a better product out there at a similar price.
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:55 PM   #4
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you've also got

http://www.adventure-spec.com/defaul...d-800xc-1.html
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:31 PM   #5
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That's a brand I'd never heard of before; thanks for the info!
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:11 PM   #6
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The Altrider skid plate seems to rate highly among inmates, especially considering they are a private shop with a minimal advertising budget. I'm going to have to check them out more closely.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:26 PM   #7
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I have the SW Motech, and it's taken a fair amount of abuse. I have approx 6000 miles of off highway use from 70 MPH dirt to rock crawling in 1st gear. It's taken a few hard hits and is fine. Some people don't like the riveted construction, and I can see where it might shear a rivet, but that's going to be a hellava hit. You might have more issues than a sheared rivet in your skid plate if you hit something that hard. YMMV
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Old 10-26-2013, 04:01 AM   #8
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I have the SW Motech, and it's taken a fair amount of abuse. I have approx 6000 miles of off highway use from 70 MPH dirt to rock crawling in 1st gear. It's taken a few hard hits and is fine. Some people don't like the riveted construction, and I can see where it might shear a rivet, but that's going to be a hellava hit. You might have more issues than a sheared rivet in your skid plate if you hit something that hard. YMMV
I did a little reading about the SW Motech unit and it looks pretty solid. I like the cutout for the oil plug, and the doubled up material where it is riveted; 7 mm "rails" are pretty beefy. I could see the rivets going either way. As somebody who has riveted something back together after a crash, it seems like a simple field repairable design to me.
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Old 10-26-2013, 06:41 PM   #9
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I did a little reading about the SW Motech unit and it looks pretty solid. I like the cutout for the oil plug, and the doubled up material where it is riveted; 7 mm "rails" are pretty beefy. I could see the rivets going either way. As somebody who has riveted something back together after a crash, it seems like a simple field repairable design to me.
for a new never beat up skid plate rivets are a BS way of putting something together imo. any skid plate going on any of my bikes is gonna be 4mm+ in thickness, alot of coverage and welded. anything less will not hold up over time.

if i bought a riveted motech, it would head straight to an alum. welder before i mounted it.
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Old 10-26-2013, 06:47 PM   #10
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someone needs to get a 800xc to Blackdog. Kurt would build a nuke proof plate. http://blackdogcw.com/
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:48 PM   #11
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I have been very happy with my AltRider plate... Very well made. Don't have any experience with any others though.
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:59 PM   #12
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if i bought a riveted motech, it would head straight to an alum. welder before i mounted it.
Has anyone broken a riveted SW Motech skidplate on an XC800?
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:48 AM   #13
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for a new never beat up skid plate rivets are a BS way of putting something together imo. any skid plate going on any of my bikes is gonna be 4mm+ in thickness, alot of coverage and welded. anything less will not hold up over time.

if i bought a riveted motech, it would head straight to an alum. welder before i mounted it.
I'd probably run it just as they sold it, to see if their construction is really inadequate, or if people are just stuck on other construction methods. I'm not saying that aluminum welding won't work (clearly it works well) just that other technologies may function equally well for the average user.

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Old 10-27-2013, 01:56 PM   #14
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AltRider skidplate. I also bought their rack for behind the pillion seat, and the Givi adapter kit. Nothing but impressed with their stuff, and their customer service.

Also helps that they're local (for me), so I just went to their location and skipped the shipping fees and time.
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AltRider skidplate. I also bought their rack for behind the pillion seat, and the Givi adapter kit. Nothing but impressed with their stuff, and their customer service.

Also helps that they're local (for me), so I just went to their location and skipped the shipping fees and time.
The Altrider skid plate seems like a really nice piece of gear, at a slightly premium price ($298). I am leaning towards the SW Motech for $252; it looks like a good build quality at a lower price.
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