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.
My Alaskan Adventure
Last edited by 2mstone; 12-16-2015 at 02:24 AM.