MOD F800/F700/F650 (twin) GS skid plate and top rack

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  1. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

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    Here are some pics of the new centre mount 90* Rotopax position that we added a while back. It was added to accommodate the Giant Loop Siskiyou panniers and also allow you to mount the 2gal. Rotopax length-wise as opposed to width-wise if you want.

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    All set up with the Siskiyou panniers and the 1 gal. Rotopax:

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    The Top Rack is in the rearward position here and it all fits together well and leaves you complete access to the fuel fill. :wink:

    Thanks,

    Dave
  2. toowheels

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    Cross posting a video install/review of our SSF (and mention of our Top Rack, Skid Plate and Tool Box) posted by Motoriley.

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    Thanks Motoriley!!

    Also in my own full disclosure Motoriley suggested the keyhole quick release he mentions on the Top Rack way back in the development phase in this thread back in '09.

    Thanks again Motoriley! :D

    Dave
  3. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    You are welcome. Easy to recommend the good stuff.

  4. chris73

    chris73 Been here awhile

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    I see you have siskou panniers on a bike there. No risk of heat from the pipe? I want to run soft bags on my bike, but I have vario racks, so I can't because of the way the racks are set up. It got me thinking. You are going to see a whole lot more f800gs bikes with vario racks if they are including them on the bike. I am pretty sure they would not have discounted me the cost of the vario racks on my 2013 f800. I decided to go with vario bags because of the price. $900 including racks. I see a lot more 2013s with varios than not. The only issue is trying to fit soft bags for offroading. It's a no go for me. I have seen the kriega adventure platform and it is very cool. It would be sweet if someone made one that had an adapter for vario racks with rotopack mounts and slots for tying on soft bags.
  5. toowheels

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    Hi Chris73,

    The Giant Loop Siskiyou's come with their own Hot Springs Heat Shields which will allow the bags to sit directly on the exhaust no problem.

    Yes since BMW now includes the Vario mounting stock on some of the packages a lot more riders will be inclined to go that way -very crafty on their part. The flip side as you mentioned is that the passenger handles with the vario "knobs" sticking out now make it trickier to fit soft bags. If you remove the knobs it would be better but still not as good as the non-Vario ones.
    Some riders have gone to the dealer and found some of the non-Vario ones left behind by riders who switched from older years and gotten them cheap. :deal

    Interesting suggestion too...

    Dave
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  7. toowheels

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    Sorry chris73 I missed that!


    There have been some questions regarding the compatibility of our parts on the 2014 F800 GS Adventure.

    The answer is yes everything we make fits.

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    Our Top Rack on this one.

    The V3 Skid Plate does also work with the BMW engine bars shown here and with the upper extension too.

    We also did a slight redesign to the Side Stand Foot because there was a little interference with the centre stand starting with the release of this bike and regular F8's midway through 2013. BMW made a change to the geometry so we've trimmed off about 2mm to accommodate for it. The new ones and everything else is in stock.
  8. toowheels

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    We've had a few riders asking about compatibility with the comfort seat.

    Yes, it fits together no problem in the standard position! It's shown together in the pic on the previous post.

    Our Top Rack sits just a little higher than others and in the forward position it is still doable as well but you'll have to push down the centre back of the seat about 8mm to position it there.

    Any q's please ask away!

    Thanks!

    Dave
  9. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    Finally got around to putting together the video on how to install the MOD skidplate. I've had it on since 2010 and it is working great.

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  10. toowheels

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    WOW!! Thanks for another fantastic video Motoriley!! :clap

    So glad to hear you're happy with all of it too and it's doing what it's supposed to do! You most certainly put it through its paces! :D

    I really like the story of the whole bike resting on the skid plate/ tool box! :deal

    Just an update that we redesigned the front bracket back in the Spring of this year:

    Here's the new bracket in the foreground compared to the previous one:
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    It's significantly stronger and also has other improvements :deal:

    -1.5x the surface area of the previous one to give excellent resistance from the skid plate moving any direction. It's both taller and wider.

    -The front face is obviously very thick and the big reason for that is we have maximized the thread depth to 12mm. The threads are also rolled and not cut so they are stronger. Since the bracket is CNC'd alu it's still only 93g (3.3 oz).

    -The front hardware has been bumped up to M8 from the previous M6. The 5mm allen head is also more user friendly because it's less likely to strip out and it's also a much stronger interface that you can apply more torque to. The M8 bolts are fit perfectly through the skid plate holes and with the increased torque will offer an attachment that will reduce the likely hood of any movement of the skid plate.

    -The attachment arms are taller and even a little shorter that the previous version for max strength

    -It works with all previous versions of our skid plates without any modifications to the skid plate :clap
    We always keep existing owners in mind!

    A few more pics:
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    It's a very solid improvement. We're always keen to take rider feedback and our experiences in the field and make improvements along the way.

    On that note here is a pic of my own skid plate after 3 years and much punishment:

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    Many gouges, scratches and one small dent. The only thing I've done to it is to put the new bracket on it (and the prototypes leading up to it). I've never had any problems and the protection has been flawless.

    My Tool Box is also along for the ride. It's over 4 years old now (was on a previous bike) and it too has been flawless. Also one small dent and no cracks or any crippling damage. Same key lock too (pre cover no less).

    Thanks again Motoriley and thanks everyone for checking it out!

    Dave
  11. RandoCommando

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    Does your toolbox fit the BMW OEM skid plate for the 2013 F800GS?
  12. toowheels

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    Hi RandoCommando,

    Thanks for the question, but no sorry to say it won't fit the BMW OEM skid plate. The "pointy bow" takes a way too much clearance between it and the front wheel.
    It will fit with some other skid plates out there, but that doesn't help you much.

    Btw here's the thread on the Tool Box:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=750749

    We will be building more of them over the winter.

    Thanks,

    Dave
  13. ktownbobski

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    "KISS Pelican install on MOD
    No question the Caribou system is awesome, but I thought I'd show my install to show A) how the MOD rack KISS worked, and B) how a Pelican 1500 case fits on the MOD rack. I do think the 1500 is a little too large: as you can see, it's a little hard to get to the tie-downs (I can fit a ROK strap in there, but it's not ideal). I do think a 1450 or smaller might be a better size."

    Interesting point about getting to the tie downs. This seems to suggest that a bent down edge flange like the SW Motech steel rack might have an advantage from this perspective?
  14. toowheels

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    Yeah I've though about it. It's going to raise the price with the extra process though and it just doesn't seem to be much of an issue either.
    You can anchor the straps before anything is put on it too. :ear

    Dave
  15. toowheels

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    Bret, who is one of the contributors/testers for ADV Moto magazine has just mounted up the MOD V3 skid plate (and Side Stand Foot) on his F800 GS for his AZBDR trip and his upcoming South America trip! :D

    He has the skills to put the parts to the test (he's also a PSSOR instructor and has beat up more than a couple skid plates on his F8 so far) so I'm looking forward to see what he thinks...:deal

    A couple of pics of it mounted up on his bike:
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    yup complete coverage right back to the cat

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    notice the completely protected lower engine mounts and the vent slots underneath too

    Already on the way to the AZBDR:
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    Cheers :freaky

    Dave
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    Dave, I spaced the memory of how I ordered the sked plate and now i want to order the top plate. Can you give me the cost and where to send the PayPal? Dick
  17. toowheels

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    Hi Dick,

    I have your contact info from the skid plate order so I'll just email you the info/Paypal Invoice.

    Thanks very much for the repeat order!

    Dave
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    OK great. Thanks Dick
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    Cubdriver Stampede Swimmer

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    Dave I forgot to mention I am installing the Happy Trail luggage rack if tha=
    t makes a difference in the adapters for the top plate. Looks to me like it does. I tried to email you after placing the order but the mail came back undeliverable. I used the link on your web page to attempt it. You might want to check out that link. Hope this method of communication gets there in time. Dick Strohmeyer
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    Hi Cubdriver!

    As you already know I did get your email (email got spammed to death) and your Top Rack left yesterday with the Happy Trail spacers included :D

    Thanks again!

    Dave