Touratech Rallyeform Skid Plate

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by krussell, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. krussell

    krussell Long timer

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    After several rides on typical Oregon winter gravel roads, I decided to drop the Rallyeform and have a look. I was please, everything was nice and clean. Most of the dirt on the pipes was on there when I mounted the plate. Very little crud was in the bottom of the plate, which was never the case with the BMW Enduro plate. I suspect a lot of that is from the MachineArtMoto Avant I'm running on this bike though. Anyway, all good.

    Here's some pics. You can see on the left hand side where the pipe is getting hit with dirty water dripping off the crash bar.

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    For an idea of what our roads leave on the bike, here's the dried on road gravy from a single ride.

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  2. Boxerbreath

    Boxerbreath 2017.5 GS Black Storm

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    I still saving my nickles to get the TT Rallyeform plate, if for nothing else, then just for looks ;)

    I'll spin this in a different direction for the sake of argument.
    Sure, maybe the ALTrider plate is better for serious crashing about the tundra, and if that's what one does with a bigass GS then all power.
    But...a very large percentage of GS riders do offroad (like me) and will never traverse a fallen tree or huge boulder. Most spec skidplates are sufficient.

    I don't think everything the ALTrider sells as 'engineered' is as grand as it's let out to be. In the end it's some guys making stuff with enthusiasm and marketed. Good for them.
    But that doesn't make it the best, in design or function.
    Centerstand pins?...mmm...I dunno.
    That skidplate is fine, but I wouldn't be looking forward to oil changes. And if it really got whacked and bent, what a bee0tch it might be to remove it, especially if you're actually a 'world traveller'.

    Most of these aftermarket folks take a bike like the GS and look for empty spaces and holes they can use to bolt shit on.
    That's why they're called 'bolt-on accessories'.
    Just saying, use your common sense out there peeps, there's a load of stuff out there you don't really need...
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  3. LJCF

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    So, not to bash the skid plate (ha!), but does this thing become a mud bucket? It looks like it would hold debris. I guess any plate has this to some degee, but this Touratech looks especially formed to hold stuff.
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  4. AdamChandler

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    The AltRider skid plate has a small hole for oil. With care, you can change oil just fine w/ minimal issues. Removing the AltRider plate and reinstalling it (2 M8 bolts on each side on the front + 2 pins on the rear which requires care so you don't mis judge and suddenly the center stand is sprung so hard you can't get it all back together)...that's about a 30 minute job to remove and reinstall once you've done it once so if you want to change oil w/o the skid plate, it's more complicated than the OEM plate.

    I'd argue that most plates are overkill for the kind of riding most of us do. My OEM plate was heavily scuffed up from logs and rocks. I think any plate would have done better than the OEM, even one that mounted to the engine. it would take a monumental amount of force to sheer-off the plate. I went AR because A) I got my plate used and for $350 and B) I had the AR bars so the plate & bars integrate nicely together.

    I'm probably preaching to the choir here but if you can be patient, buy used. The majority of these protections for our bike never get used like they were designed so a ton of used stuff is half off on the flea market which is where I got the majority of my Farkles with no sign of use at all. My AltRider plate looked brand new even though it was used.
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  5. LJCF

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    I am a buyer for any used AltRider plate and bars if anyone wants to change up! Scratches, etc., are fine.
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  6. Boxerbreath

    Boxerbreath 2017.5 GS Black Storm

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    Adam is correctamundo when it comes to buying used, only way to go!
    But heck, I just gota a wild hare up me bum and, and, and...
    !!!
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  7. Boxerbreath

    Boxerbreath 2017.5 GS Black Storm

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    ...and I'll buy your used OEM crashbars!
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  8. LJCF

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    Or I will trade a brand new set of Anakee III take offs for about anything - actually this is probably a no no, but I did post them up in the flea market.
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  10. Boxerbreath

    Boxerbreath 2017.5 GS Black Storm

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    ...ahhh...that may be going a bit to far Adam...:jump
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  11. onesaintsfan

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    +1 on Rally Form. If you consider what you would pay for header protection then the Rallyform is the way to go. I like the black plate on the black engine. That rear bracket on the Rallyform is a PITA, but once on your good.
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  12. Applecrate

    Applecrate Smell It First

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    I have it. Haven't used it for its intended purposes yet. Might throw a little more sound up at me on the road. It offers a bit more header protection than the Touratech XL. Plus it reminds me of an Amazonian warrior breast plate.
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  13. EnduroAmerica

    EnduroAmerica Worldwide Adventure Guide

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    Had mine for about a week now. The only thing I don't like is that I think there is a rock stuck in it and everytime I stop and then accelerate I can hear it sliding around down there. Pretty serious first world problem.
    Otherwise it doesn't suck. I'll report back next time I'm out hopping logs and rocks.
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  14. Boxerbreath

    Boxerbreath 2017.5 GS Black Storm

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    ...sliding around? Not sure what that means.

    That's my only real concern is the noise factor. Actually kind of wish it was plastic like many dirtbike skidplates these days. Aluminum tends to 'ring'.
    If I decide it's a must have I may put some sound deadening material in it.
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  15. Boxerbreath

    Boxerbreath 2017.5 GS Black Storm

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    I actually installed that in my car to reduce the higher pitch exhaust drone. It eliminated the higher pitch bing but made the lower bitch 'bong' much more annoying. So I guess it'd work for rocks hit dings. Easy to do by an amateur.
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  17. Boxerbreath

    Boxerbreath 2017.5 GS Black Storm

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    Yeah I dunno how it's going to deal with throwing the motor sound up ^^^. Being that it's like a clamshell it could be a real annoyance.
    Lots of stuff I've tried on this scooter and just went back to stock. Buyers of Fark don't always take into consideration the actual change bits make to the bike.
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  18. onesaintsfan

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    Really People (?)
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  19. Boxerbreath

    Boxerbreath 2017.5 GS Black Storm

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    ???....wha'd I said?...
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