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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by daninghram, May 16, 2016.
The aluminum taste would suck
The stock skid plate protects the bottom of the engine from stone debris kicked up by the front wheel and low-impact hits. In short, fine for the vast majority of us who don't plan on bouncing the bike off big rocks and logs. The downside is it doesn't carry as much credibility as a big skid plate when you pull into Starbucks.
I like my skid plates like I like my lattes... venti. :)
With no header protection even a trip on BC ferries might damage them with the wood block they use
That kind of damage could be a plus, think of the hard enduros tales that could be told at Starbucks.
With a (ferry) water crossing thrown in!
I just pulled the stock skid plate last night for the first oil change. I thought it was more single-use-baking-foil than it is. While is won't be ideal for a boulder garden or wheeling over a a log (won't catch me do that on this thing, I sometimes get the creeps doing that on my 215lb. RM250). I think anything more from Honda would have been added mass that most will never use. As for me, I'll upgrade and maybe never take a hit that stocker couldn't handle. But man, I'll look cool and maybe it will save me someday when I get somewhere I hadn't planned (as that always seems to happen).
I'm not thinking about really bashing the bottom off-road, but I've seen more than once the dings that are caused by rocks getting thrown up by the tire. I do run a off-road oriented tire, and already on this bike I've chipped the coating, hearing a loud *BONG* as a rock bounced off it.
On this bike, is bet the header pipes take a beating too from rocks.
Good point. I will undoubtedly have a good sized rock that gets "flung" at high velocity by the more dirt orientated tires I'll mount. I will make sure my headers are covered!
I wanted a good full coverage plate because even with an expensive AltRider plate on my BMW, this happened when the front TKC80 kicked up a rock on a typical forest road. It doesn't take much, I was going pretty slow.
The inexpensive route is to get the armadillo-like guard that is generic, cut to fit, then holds on to the pipe with a couple of clamps.
I had those on my BMW after the initial ding. I doubt they will do much because they are soft aluminum and lay right against the pipe.
The one on the other side broke from vibration:
That's a lot more curve than where you'd need it on the Twin, I think. Where it broke, that is.
As for the level of protection, I suspect that the second layer (aluminum plate over the steel header) would actually do a good job against rocks flicking up from the front tire.
One getting launched at you because you got too close to your buddy's roost, not so much.
Don't you remember, that happened when you were traversing a rock garden on a hard enduro ride with Graham Jarvis.
Anyhow, that kind of damage can be prevented with a set of lightweight header guards.
No doubt. They would take the hit and dissipate the shock.
Altrider's for the AT are made of 1.5 mm stainless steel.
Myself, I've got the Outback Mototek bash plate mounted along with their crash bars, that thing covers the pipes nicely.
The one that doubles as a shovel if you get the optional handle?
Too fricking big to use as a shovel. I'm no Conan.
Can you post the MX graphics guy site?
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