BDCW Skid Plate R1250GSA (Fitment A)

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  1. CaptnExcitement

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    I just installed a BDCW Skid Plate on my R1250GSA. I figured I would answer the questions I had prior to receiving and installing the plate here. This is my second BDCW skid plate, I have one on my 2009 R1200GSA, the things are bomb proof and work as advertised. They are worth the extra weight for the amount of protection you get for the exhaust manifold and the engine. The front of the plate mounts to the four securing points for the BMW skid plate mounting brackets. The rear support connects to the center cross frame. I have no reservations with the mounting configuration, any impacts are distributed across four fasteners on the engine, two rubber bumpers on the front of the engine and the rear support on the center cross frame. The setup is somewhat similar on my 2009 GSA's BDCW skid plate, I have impacted large rocks going downhill and the plate absorbed the strike and slid over the rock until the rear tire took over.
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    Weight of the BDCW skid plate (Fitment A) with all associated hardware - 9.831 pounds
    Weight of the removed BMW skid plate and associated hardware - 2.728 pounds
    Net increase of 7.103 pounds to the bike which equates to a pretty luxurious tent but....protection!
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    Ground clearance difference of the BDCW skid plate compared to the BMW skid plate is negligible 1/4 to 1/2 an inch less for the BDCW plate at the most if not the same. I took pictures but my angles are off.
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    I have the Machine Art Moto Avant fender extender installed and it clears the skid plate by 1/4 inch. The avant should be removed when I do go off road, for now I like it to help reduce road salt while I squeeze rides in up here in NH during the winter.
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    The plastic center stand guard needs to be removed as the BDCW skid plate extends past the center stand. The BMW center stand guard touches the BDCW skid plate when it's up, and does not allow the center stand to completely hinge up to the bumper. I have no issues with removing the center stand guard, the BDCW skid plate provides complete coverage to the exhaust. The center stand guard is redundant once the BDCW skid plate is installed.
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    Removal of the skid plate for maintenance is easy with four fasteners. After initial install, once you have the mounting brackets mounted and tightened down, the plate come off and on with out any more or less difficulty than the OEM plate. If you are so inclined it would be simple to use the front securing bracket as a template to use a hole saw to drill out where the oil drain plug is. I prefer there being no holes to snag up on anything and its probably a good idea to remove the plate to clean every 6000 miles anyway.
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    When it's all said and done the skid plate looks pretty bad a$$ if I do say so myself!
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  3. CaptnExcitement

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    I'm looking forward to scarring up the new plate!
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    Thanks for the taking the time to make an excellent review! I am new to the GSA, and am taking the RawHyde training next month to learn more. Once I get to where it a new plate is needed I will be sure to revisit this post!
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    RawHyde is a blast. Enjoy!
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    You will probably see a few of these skid plates in the flesh at RawHyde. You are going to learn a lot there and meet some cool people for sure.
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    Great photos and description thank you
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    howdy! I do not think mine turned out correctly. The stock front fender is super close to the front of the skid plate and the headed on the clutch side is super close
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    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg View attachment 2241017 View attachment 2241024 View attachment 2241028 image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg View attachment 2241017 View attachment 2241024 View attachment 2241028 Hi everyone I’m he new guy and not a mechanic. I installed the Skid plate and learned a few things: do not attempt to install anything like this on Easter morning, too early to drink (which is definitely needed) and using the Lords name on Easter morning is a never a good idea! With that said my skid plate seems further forward (super close to stock fender) and it is pretty darn near touching the headed on the clutch lever side vs the foot brake side. I will try to upload photos
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    Did you make sure the bumpers on the front of the skid plate have even pressure on each? Slightly back off the fasteners then press the front of the skid plate up against the clutch cover then slightly wiggle the rear end of the skid plate left or right to ensure there is even pressure on the bumpers. That will probably resolve clearance issues. Once you get the plate positioned correctly retighten all the fasteners.

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    The front fender clearance is the same as mine. I've put 1000 miles on it after the install with no issues. I also have the avant fender extender on my bike making the clearance even less.
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    Did your exhaust flapper cables go in between the rear mount and exhaust or between the rear mount and frame?
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    Seems like the clutch lever side is in tighter but I loosened everything and it keeps wanting to be in this position. I will reach out to Black Dog and see what they say image.jpg
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    loosen the two hose clamps holding the rear supports to the motorcycle cross frame. Once you loosen the hose clamps shift the rear of the skid plate towards the clutch side (maybe 1/8" to 1/4" inch). the instructions state that the rear support should be up against the center stand on the throttle side but when I installed mine i found it fit best with it slightly off the center stand on the throttle side.

    Looking at my skid plate it is slightly closer to the header pipes on the clutch side. I'll go take a few photos of mine.

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    It should be 3/4" -1" away from the end of the cross frame not 1/8" to 1/4". IMG_2864.jpeg IMG_2865.jpeg
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    You want to make sure the front of the plate is equally spaced at the front clutch cover. Once adjust it with a little slack in the hose clamps retighten them then snug up all the fastners. IMG_2870.jpeg
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    Here is the clearance on the header pipes on my bike. Also the clearance on my front fender. IMG_2867.jpeg IMG_2868.jpeg IMG_2869.jpeg
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    Between the rear mount and the exhaust.
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