I had a short lived affair with a 2012 DL650 and at the time, I saw a skid plate that allowed the lower cowl to stay intact to cover the engine. I kind of liked the way the engine was covered up and protected.
I remember seeing a skid plate that was low cut and looked like it would fit within the lower cowl. I was just curious and thought I'd ask.
13' KLR 650, 06' GL1800
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