DR650SE Index Topic #3- CRASH PROTECTION

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Krusty ..., Nov 2, 2010.

  1. livin2day

    livin2day Adventurer

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    While the B&B plate seems to be the best (should be for $180!), what's the best US alternative?

    The Utah Sports, Procycle, and Pat Walsh all seem to be about the same (4mm), but vary quite a bit in price. What makes the Pat Walsh worth the $120 vs the Procycle at $80? Is it a better, stronger mounting system?
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  2. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    There's a better bash plate made in Oz but it does cost a bit more...
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  3. eakins

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    http://patwalshdesigns.com/Suzuki-Dr...r650se/26.html
    Probably one of the best available in the US. I have an out of production DG skid plate that is built very similar w/ coverage and is thick.

    Most everyone sells a rebranded Utah/Ricochet Skid Plate
    http://www.ricochetoffroad.com/store/page163.html

    Motech makes one that covers well, but for some reason they add way too many holes in their design?
    http://www.twistedthrottle.com/sw-mo...uki-dr650se-96

    There is also a Suzuki one that does not have good coverage, plus an ultra beefy Rock Hard Rally Gear one.

    Whipps, from Australia, makes a beefy one too. I say this one is the beefiest one available world-wide. They ship to the US but it's a bit more $$$ than others. http://whipps.com.au/motorcycle-accessories
    Like DG, they use 4mm thick alum.

    B&B, also OZ, makes one too. It's built beefy like Whipps but not sure about thickness nor how far back it goes.
    http://bboffroad.com.au/shop/online-...uki-dr650.html

    Flatland racing does not make one.
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  4. KilgoreTrout

    KilgoreTrout adventure flyfisher

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    +1 on the Whipps extremely beefy and mounts directly to the frame
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  5. thump!

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    Skidplates - If I had not already bought a Ricochet plate I think I would spend the extra bucks for a Pat Walsh plate to avoid the possibility of the rear clamps rotating into the crankcases as.reported by some. But, since I already have the Ricochet and an OEM plate that is now just scrap aluminum, I decided to combine the two. I cut off the rear section of the OEM plate and TIG welded it to the Ricochet. This way I can use the rear mount points on the frame rather than the C clamps.

    [​IMG]
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  6. eakins

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  7. GirlDR

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    Not sure if this is the right section for handguards. I bought some universal fitting Polisport Touquet handguards. I tried to fit them to my DR and the part that goes inside the handlebars won't tighten and just sits in loose even with the extra spacer in it. Am i doing something wrong or is there a knack to it because the dirt bike shop said they will definitely fit.
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  8. tjb3w

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    Has anyone tried the Acerbis plastic composite skid plate? Seems like it might do for light off road work. At 75 my enduro days are just a memory. 15 dr 650 lowered shock and dropped triple trees.
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