950 Adv: which aftermarket bashplate, and why?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Pampera, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. Pampera

    Pampera Been here awhile

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    Interested in people's experiences of aftermarket bashplates on Adventures.

    Which one did you fit, and why?

    And has it pleased or disappointed?
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  2. Terence FFM

    Terence FFM prof. cat-herder

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    I picked up a bashplate from GiT. The other plate that came into question was the one from Weld86. Both looked really solid but I ended up with the GiT plate mostly because living in the EU, the shipping and duties would not have made the Welder plate competitive.

    Speaking technically, I like the way the GiT plate has a contoured plate to match up with the stock cast alu piece up front: there is no gap for crud to get in. Also, the storage slot in the front is nice for tools, a spare tube, or whatever. Finally, the GiT offers a bit more protection than for the sidestand and engine cases than any other plate aside from the unit being sold by an Australian skid plate (sorry, forget his name).

    Finally, install was simple, all hardware was top quality, welds were purty, and it installed in about 30 minutes. If my 4 year old hadn't helped me, I could have done it in 20...
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  3. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    Had a friend make me one back when I had an adventure...sold it with the bike when it went. Worked great, was bomb proof and basically had the same curved shape as the stock one with better side protection. Cost about $400 to have a friend fabricate it on short notice...costly compared to what was out there but at the time 2005...there were not many options.
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  4. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    This one, The Weld 86 is an extremely well built piece. It uses the grommets from the stock plate and bolts up in minutes. If you can damage this in any real way, you will have bigger problems.

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  5. Narsisco Lopez

    Narsisco Lopez Addlepated

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    Very happy with my Weld86 skid plate! Great price and over-build to high-spec.

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  6. henryroten

    henryroten Been here awhile

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    I tried the Motech plate and found it to be too flimsy so I got the Touratech....much better, stronger, more heavy duty and looks good. If I didn't get the Touratech it would have been the Black Dog plate.
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  7. mikeegee

    mikeegee Been here awhile

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    I'm planning on the Weld86.

    Can't decide on the Weld86 sidestand relocator or the one CJ now sells, but am inclined to go with the PABiker one sold by CJ.
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  8. Narsisco Lopez

    Narsisco Lopez Addlepated

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    I got the Weld86 sidestand reinforcement plate (doesn't relocate it per se), but I wish he'd have countersunk the holes where the sidestand mounts back up as it still bolts to the engine. I'm gonna pull mine back off before any heavy riding and do it. I believe CJ's IS countersunk and he includes the new nuts & bolts to re-mount.
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  9. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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    Weld 86 plate for me, blackdog relocator. Best of both worlds!

    Steve
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  10. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

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    That's BDCW that are countersunk. I took mine off a while back.
    CJ sells the relocator that puts it behind the foot peg. It's a very different system which I prefer.
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  11. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    Black Dog because it's tough as s#*t. Also got their sidestand relocator and it's great.
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  12. Narsisco Lopez

    Narsisco Lopez Addlepated

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    Right you are... this head cold has me spacey today :puke1
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  13. dreke

    dreke n00b

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    Hello Terence, where did you get the GiT plate ?
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  14. Off Road Ryder

    Off Road Ryder Long timer

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    I have a brand that looks very sim to the Weld.. I have broken the front attachment and see that the weld is much more beefy in that area.. If I had to buy another it would be the weld version..
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  15. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

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    which brand is that?
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  16. sonoran

    sonoran you already know

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    +1 for the GiT.

    Not very common stateside but love the design- especially the extra room for tools- and it's rock solid.
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  17. TheMuffinMan

    TheMuffinMan Forest Ranger Magnet

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    I have the touratech plate on mine and it's beefy. It has a subframe on the engine-side of it which inspires a lot of confidence in the design.
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  18. Off Road Ryder

    Off Road Ryder Long timer

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    I almost hate to say. BD... Its a great plate just needs a bit more weld on the forward lip. Rocks are hard...
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  19. Pete156

    Pete156 I love to eat!

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    I have the touratech. It's been on the bike for nearly seven years of abuse, taking lots of hits. It serves as maximum protection, a jack point, has optimal air flow, allows for vent tube to stick thru, self drains, removes in seconds, can store tools and a toolbox, and costs a small fortune.
    I bought it cause it was the only one available at the time. I would, in fact, buy it again.
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  20. woodchuckexc

    woodchuckexc Been here awhile

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    I have pounded my Blackdog for years. It continues to amaze me. I just got the CJ sidestand bracket and really like it.
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