VStrom Skid Plate.....

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Big_John, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. Big_John

    Big_John Ridin 4 the King

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    I will report back to this thread....as I abuse the plate, but initial impressions are exceptional.
    The plate thickness and the cutouts and the welds are of a very, very high quality.
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    This is the key!!!!! This piece is the key. I had a TouraTech plate and this one (on the TouraTech) broke twice. The first time, TouraTech, set me a replacement....second time, they refused. You can see from the pics that Yan is providing a very, very stout brace!!!!!! I can't wait to thrash it for a test.
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    The instructions are in color and awesome.....

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  2. Big_John

    Big_John Ridin 4 the King

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    I am very impressed with this product!!!!!!


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    Big_John Ridin 4 the King

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    I am very pleased with the fit and finish upon installation. I wish the TouraTech plate had been build this stout.

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  4. El Gato

    El Gato Been here awhile

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    I agree that Yann's new skid plate is fantastic! I installed one a few weeks ago, and it's first-rate. Also worth pointing out is that he changed the design recently so that the rear attachment points for the plate to the bracket are on the sides now, instead of the bottom of the plate where they could drag on rocks and get all bunged up. That's a huge improvement IMHO.

    I mounted mine onto Altrider crashbars. It fits perfectly with these bars, if you use the deluxe mounting hardware. The Altrider crash bars are too thick to be able to use the u-bolts in the standard skid plate hardware kit.

    There really is no better V-Strom skid plate on the market today IMO (and his radiator guard is pretty darn nice too) :clap

    -John
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  5. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

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    +1 from me as well!

    I installed one of Yann's Skid Plate's on my DL1000 over the winter. I have bashed it, scrapped it, made it go "Clang" and its been $$ well spent! I do follow his instructions and touch up the scratches with some Tremclad each oil change, but I'm very pleased.
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  6. wingnut11

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    I've also been quite pleased with mine since I got it last spring. No dents in it so far, but I've recoated it several times due to a lot of scrapes on the bottom. That is most certainly not a knock on this product, for me it says how durable it has really been since there isn't a single dent despite how much of whatever it's been coated with has come off.
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  7. stromv

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    I have been through some tough terrain lately, big rock, mud... you name it
    this plate is strong!! it broke a few rocks in my path and did not even dent a touch. I have been contemplating the idea of getting a Tourateck just because it's smaller and sleek but I just can't get the protection this plate provide. I am keeping it as I feel comfortable with in the challenge. Yann is very nice and helpful, and uses good material.
    Also this plate mounts to the crash bars and muffler bolt and the kickstand mount, so you know your engine will be safe
    as it had no contact with the abuse points.
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  8. Nightstrom

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    That does look great. I may upgrade mine over the winter........ But, there is really no reason that a oil drain hole shouldnt come with any skidplate. I guess one could be made, but I'd rather have one already there.
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  9. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

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    If you read Yann's reasoning... if there is a hole to get something out, then there is a hole for something to get in. The amount of "extra" time it takes to remove it is negligible. I can do my whole oil change is about 30 minutes. That includes removing the skid plate, draining and replacing the oil, cleaning the plate and giving it a quick scuff with some rust paint and then re-installing the whole shebang. Oh, and all while consuming a Heineken.
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  10. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Been here awhile

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    I too, am ready to pull the trigger on a skid plate for my Vee.

    I originally was looking at the Enduro Guardian skid plates, but then I started looking at the SW Motech aluminum skid plates, which look very nice too.

    Im just not crazy about the price of the SW Motech...the plates somewhat reasonable, but then you have to buy the additional mount seperately, which adds considerably to the price.

    After reading these reviews on the Enduro Guardians, Im ready to go back to them though.

    Biggest question I have, is between the steel plates and the aluminum plates.

    I have no doubt the aluminum one could take anything thrown at it after running them for years on dirt bikes so it isnt so much the strength issue Im concerned about.

    Its more about the weight...these behemoth bikes are already heavy enough, just how heavy are these steel plates?

    I am however, very attracted to the price on the steel one.

    Whats everyone out there running on their scoots??

    Help me make up my mind, please!
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  11. yukonjon

    yukonjon Been here awhile

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    Hmmm.... Saw these skid plates a while back and was curious how they were working out. Looks like I might be picking up a steel one pretty soon. Glad to see they are working as good as they look. Too bad places like touratech can't manufacture this quality for this price (especially since I live an hour from the store)
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  12. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Been here awhile

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    Bump...regarding my previous question. Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?
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    I haven't weighed mine but if I remember the shipping label said it was 12-15 lbs. but don't really count on my memory here.
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  14. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Been here awhile

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    You bought a steel one then?

    Does it feel like the door off of an armored tank, or just heavy duty feeling?
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  15. wingnut11

    wingnut11 generally strange

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    Yes, I bought the steel version. I'm not sure I understand the armor question, but I think I'd have to hit it very hard with a large hammer to dent it. It's heavy duty for sure. I'm always thankful it's there after bottoming out on rocks or anything else.
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  16. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Been here awhile

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    Just asking if its really, really heavy weight wise.
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  17. canadianshark74

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    I have the steel skid plate from yann .
    Yes it is heavy. after installing it. I didnt notice the weight at all. seeing as it is mounted on the bottom of the bike .
    If it were 12lbs mounted up high i would have noticed the difference .
    As for strength. It is tough as hell.
    I have smashed some nice sized rocks with it and can find any dents.
    Great guy to deal with.
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  18. C-Stain

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    Yes. It's heavy. Do you notice it? No. Is it worth it? Definitely. If you need more convincing, there's a thread somewhere about an SW Motech Skid Plate Failure and a cracked engine case.
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  19. LngRidr

    LngRidr Been here awhile

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    Ive had a steel one for a few months now. Works great. I have banged it off a bunch of rocks and scrapped it over dirt many times. I get a good feeling inside whenever i hear gravel ping off of it, knowing that the engine is being protected.
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  20. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Been here awhile

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    Just ordered the steel one...I figure what the hell, the scoot already weighs a ton, whats a couple more pounds gonna hurt? lol :wink:
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