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post #1 of 22 Old 12-15-2015, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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I have been looking at the new adventure bikes on the market, BMW, Yamaha, KTM, and the Suzuki.
All of the Suzuki owners I have talked to love their V-Strom.
I will be riding 90% on the road and 10% in the dirt.
Has anyone had an issue with the oil filter being so vulnerable?

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post #2 of 22 Old 12-15-2015, 04:23 PM
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not at all with a skid plate.
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post #3 of 22 Old 12-15-2015, 06:57 PM
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not at all WITHOUT a skid plate...
I don't do much off-roading other than the occasional gravel road at lower-ish speeds.
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With a skid-plate, no probs. Without a skid-plate, one stray rock while doing your 10% dirt riding will stuff your whole day

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I would be interested to know how many DL oil filters have been punctured by stray rocks/gravel - yes I agree a holed filter or Radiator will ruin your whole day!! In "typical forum style" - though not suggesting it happens here, "I hav'nt tried this myself....But you could try cutting down a rubber stubbie cooler - the type made out of thick wet suit type material and jamming it over the filter? this would soften the impact from stray debris and might be enough to make a possible tear into a dent" ??
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But you could try cutting down a rubber stubbie cooler - the type made out of thick wet suit type material and jamming it over the filter? this would soften the impact from stray debris and might be enough to make a possible tear into a dent" ??
A capital idea! If the oil filter was the primary worry driving skid plate purchase, this would be much simpler and cheap. Surprised there's not a commercial product available. That and a radiator guard and you'd be set.
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I would be interested to know how many DL oil filters have been punctured by stray rocks/gravel...
Good point.
I may be wrong, but I think you'd have to be doing some pretty hard-core dirt-riding to have a rock hit your filter so hard to cause debilitating damage; and if that's the type of riding you plan on doing, then I agree, a good skid plate is advisable.

Personally, I'm too much of a chicken to take a 500+ lb. bike through road conditions rough enough to trash my filter...
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I would be interested to know how many DL oil filters have been punctured by stray rocks/gravel - yes I agree a holed filter or Radiator will ruin your whole day!! In "typical forum style" - though not suggesting it happens here, "I hav'nt tried this myself....But you could try cutting down a rubber stubbie cooler - the type made out of thick wet suit type material and jamming it over the filter? this would soften the impact from stray debris and might be enough to make a possible tear into a dent" ??
I like the way you think, but would it melt on to the filter? Purely from an aesthetic point of view, I reckon the 'Stroms look 'unfinished' without the bashplate
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On the second day of a ride to Baja we took the dirt road to Coco's corner. The Strom 650 rider in our group did not have a skid plate and took a rock to his oil filter ending his ride. He had to be trucked to the nearest town...and to make a long story short that was the end of his Mexico ride.

When I bought my last strom I knew it would be a couple weeks before I could get a skid plate so I attached a small piece of carpet with a radiator hose clamp to the underside of the oil filter. That got me home (4,000 miles) with no issues.

I would not ride my strom any farther than necessary without a skid plate.
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