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Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by LaOutbackTrail, Aug 1, 2006.
Which skid plate is that?
Ouchy! I thought that's what your DR's were for
Time for an upgrade from this guy:
You can only whack that stuff back into place so many times with your BFH before it's weaker than Grannies Cool-Aid
I just installed an SW Motech skid plate on my K6Vee. Rear bracket wouldn't work with my center stand (don't know the mfg for sure......but IIRC, the prior owner said it was a Suzuki stand) without modification. The SW skid plate instructions stated that the plate kit would work with an SW Motech brand center stand. My center stand has a heavy cast steel pivot block.
The right side of the center stand pivot block has a steel plate with a spring anchor peg and a long spacer welded to it. In order to mount correctly, the right leg of the bracket has to go under that steel plate. The spacer welded to the steel bracket interfered with the SW skid plate bracket.
I had to cut the rear bracket on the right side in order for the bracket to clear the spacer. Was easy and quick to do, as the bracket appears to be made from a stale cheese grade of steel. VERY soft and easy to cut and bend. I'll likely make a new rear bracket after I move my MIG wleder in the shop.
Weld the sides of the guard to the base as well, the rivets will start popping out the first good hit it gets.
Eccentric, not sure who made it...I got it with a trade. Its a really stout plate, but the rear bracket (and its bolts) gets mushed easily. Its a pain bolting it on when its straight and even less fun pulling it off tweaked. Oil changes always require way too many beers.
Yeti, as you know, this is my sport tour bike...the dr's are the dualsports. :)
...back in august, somewhere near Mt. Valhalla, on a three day side trip during CADVR.
...also at last years CADVR, this time on the NHAL track.
That's certainly a good idea with the 2014-current DL1000 SW Motech skid plate. The 2002-2012 application skid plate is welded, with no rivets. I have no idea why the 2014-up SW Motech skid plate is riveted together. Cost cutting maybe? Here's a pic of the 2002-2012 plate. Swiped the image from Amazon. Curiously, the rear bracket looks to be quite different from mine. I'll try to remember to snap some pics tomorrow.
Great pics Foxfire. You look to be a fun guy to ride with.
Is your's dark green? I've never seen a green DL1000. That'd be the only color that I might like better than the Sonoma Red.
Ha! Yeah...we have a good time...ask Yeti.
The green is a custom job by a couple owners before me. I think he said it was a Jaguar color...he was going for the warbird theme.
Heres how i got it (so clean...)
...and one a bit more current, this one is after a 1200mi run of the TWAT and NWAT.
Bonus GPS shot from that trip...note the max speed, set chasing a couple of KTM 690's on a beautiful stretch of sandy gravel in the northwoods of Wisco.
Yeah I know, your throttle hand definitely isn't shy.
I like that look. My K6 was about that clean when I got it. Won't stay that way for long. How do you like those Shinko 804/805's? Did you raise your front fender? Kinda looks like you did. Did you cut down the windscreen or replace it with a shorter one?
Riding across intermittent lake on the karst field.
Those shinkos are the best deal going for big bike tires, imo. The 705's are great too. I have them (705) on my 17/19 road wheels for the 650, and the strom street wheels will have them soon too. A fresh set of 80x's will go on the dirt set...once i figure out which one of the huge dings wont let it hold air...
Fender is stock, but im reaaaaly tempted to go high (dualsport) fender.
Screen is some ebay cheapo cut down a tad. Puts air just at the top of my helmet.
A little trail ride in the Olympic rain forest.
My next tire set is a 804/805.
I have a tire grover and will widden & enlarge the rear ones on center blocks.
The only negative I've heard on the rear is it like to step out sideways at times because no side biting edges. Forward traction is great however.
Nice pics, all of them, but that last one should be framed on a wall somewhere.
Ha, yeah, not bad for a Samsung S7 eh?