Hello all, I am working on converting my 05 CRF 450X into a lightweight adventure bike. I should start off by saying that I live in Michigan and enjoy riding long distance (300-1000+) mile rides across the lp, u.p, and Ontario ! (pic is from Searchmont Ontario). Until now I have ventured on my 09 Wr 250F.. yes.. 14-42 gearing, 3.5 gallon tank and the open road! so i am no stranger to riding small bore dirt bikes long distance. For me, a crf 450x with the proper adventure setup is the ideal bike. Now i am definitely looking to build a "function over form" kind of adventure bike, i.e big fairing and big tanks. (which in my mind is beautiful) however, the main goal is to have a billy goat adventure bike. Here are some pictures i gathered before starting the bike, these really captured the mood of the build i was aiming for.. First things first, got to have some protection (get your mind out of the gutter) im talking about a skidplate! One thing you should know about me, im not one to buy things i can make! custom skidplate it is. Tons and tons of pictures to share, not sure how to upload more than 4.. did i mention that this is my first post??