Ive watched some friends start their own bike threads and it looks like fun so here we go Please keep in mind, Im not a mechanic and any advice or techniques posted here are my own cockeyed inventions/processes. I don't want to discourage anyone from bolting a skid plate on their bike, but if you'll likely drop the bike on yourself in the process, please utilize a professional mechanic. If you'd like more information on myself and Solo Moto Parts, read here. All are welcome. I just ask that you please refrain from posting product-related items from other vendors or stores. All of the parts and gear I'll be sharing here can be found at SoloMotoParts.com. SO IT BEGINS... I dedicated my R6 exclusively to track use so I was going crazy not having a bike on the street. I did some research and decided to buy a 2010 F800GS. Here she is straight from the showroom floor... I started my adjustments and additions from there... Pulled off the plastics for paint. I loved the placement of the Orange before with reference to the Black so I just replaced the Orange with Dark Gray and called it a day. Added the SW Motech skid plate. I liked the notch in the side leaving room to pop off the drain plug for an oil change and I knew it would pair nicely with SW Motech's crash bars. The skid plate was powder coated Black and bolted on. After paint... Here's a quick comparison between the SW Motech Skid Plate for 800gs 08+ and the stock protection... I knew that there were a lot of bolt-ons required to get this thing ready for me to dump it in the dirt and not be completely heartbroken. I decided to go with the SW Motech Crash Bars after reading page after page of rider feedback. It was very important for the bike to remain narrow for splitting lanes in traffic but be strong enough to slam into the ground over and over. I've subjected this thing to A LOT of abuse since and I can attest that they are a very robust and functional piece of equipment that protects the bike. Here's a breakdown of the very simple install... Make sure to leave the bolts loose until everything is lined up and connected, then tighten.