First of all, want to say I’m new to post here even tho I’ve read posts here for quite a while.. what a great site and forum! So, I’ve been riding bikes for quite a while, and made trips around Europe for a years. But I made a trip to Russia and Romania last summer with my softail.. I love the bike and the roads, but damn.. braking my spine on the potholes of rural Russia I decided to go Adventure. So, being the 6ft 7 I am, I settled on a big reliable bike that I wouldn’t get heart problems even if the bike would kiss the gravel every once in a while. So I bought a 2007 1200gsa. And to make it an adventure, I flew to the UK, got one, and started my trip around the kingdom and back to the cold north (Finland). What a sweet trip! Well now, having spent hundreds of hours adding adventure gear and making the bike more terrain worthy during these cold months, I went yet again to the woods. I’ve read about the skid guard, it’s too little and flimsy and all.. never really given it a thought more than that. Well, riding on the trail, a small pot hole came along, and THOMP.. there goes the skid plate, pushing the rubber cushion through the engine case, and out runs the oil. After two liters of sweat and some swear words I get to see the damage. Now I have a 2 inch (5cm) round hole on the left hand corner of the engine case. The hole is neat and no bits seems to be in the case. I’ve been googling for options. I know welding such a place (oil soaked molded aluminum) is quite a task.. some say it’s a no can do, some say it’s doable. The second option is to change the left engine case, which means a lot of man hours (not confident to do it myself) to strip the whole engine and rebuild it. That means a lot of dough, and getting it to a dealership or a gs specialized shop, which usually are really busy this time of the year. Third option, buy a new second hand engine, fit it myself, and get the old one fixed next winter during the easier months, and sell it. Insurance is not an option. I have reduced the options to one and three. And here is my questions: How big a task is it to change an engine on a 2007 gsa? I have a bike lift, all common tools and power tools, courage more than skills (mediocre), and some friends that might help. I have not found any documentation on engine swapping on a gs. And if anybody could tell me, is all gs and gsa engines “drop in” between 2004 -2009, is there any difference and do they “speak” with my bikes ECU and else? Or if anyone have first person experience on welding or getting an engine case welded, please give me advice. Many shops aren’t very interested on it, and my welding skills are barely good for hefting. Before this covid -stuff came along, I was supposed to start riding around the Black Sea or maybe the Caspian Sea, and back up north. Now it seems like I couldn’t make it even without this bastard of a virus. The whole situation bugs me out. Keep the flags high you all.