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post #1 of 50 Old 08-20-2016, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Skid Plate thoughts?

I am not an off-road rider but am on some kind of unpaved road for a bit almost every day, at least several times a week.

I have always resisted skid-plate but think it might be wise since I also seem to go fast on those roads and there are often rocks (that I generally avoid hitting.)

I would like to avoid engine "guards" if possible. Have any of you mounted a skid plate without engine guards? How good do you feel about it?

If with engine guards how easy was the install?

I change oil several times a year (I ride about 50,000 km/30,000 miles per year) so would like ease of chaining oil (it is a pain changing the oil on my wife's Triumph XRX low. Draining oil through the Oil drain hole is messy at best.)

Ability to add highway pegs would be nice as well.


Finally if offered in Stainless steel or aluminum which would be a better choice?

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This might be helpful.

For heavy duty off road work I always recommend the Enduro Guadian skid pan.

Yahn's installation instructions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYowMyQCgME

For everyone else I like the Givi skid pan. It's cheaper and (sorry, IMO) better looking. It will handle rocks and substantial hits, but if your planning on balancing on top of logs go wit the enduro guardian.

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There are advantages/disadvantages with all the skid plates.

If you get one that doesn't need engine guards to attach, then most likely it is bolted onto your engine casing. The Givi is like that.

I have the Happy Trails plate and like it, very solid, but there are a lot out there very similar. Enduro Guardian highway pegs are excellent, so maybe go with their skid plate too.

For me I drop my bike every season at least once, so engine guards are a must, why chance denting your tank from a silly tip over.
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I had an SW Motech debris shield on my DL650 that didn't require any attachment points to a crashbar. You could change the oil without removing the shield, but you did have to remove it to change the filter. The shield attached (if I recall correctly) to the side case covers and to the bottom rear of the engine. Revzilla has them for the current DL1000 for $267.00.

SW-MOTECH Skid Plate Suzuki V-Strom 1000 2014-2016 - RevZilla

The one shown here looks very similar to the one I had. Made from aluminum, but pretty heavy duty.
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I've got the Ravetech on mine. I may be wrong but i think that it's the only one that will mount to the frame (not the engine) on both ends without crash bars. It is also the cheapest of the heavy duty plates-even figuring in shipping from Thailand. Well made, well engineered and weighs in at about 7 lbs.
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Just installed the Enduro Guardian aluminum (black powder coated) skid plate with optional highway pegs. Bombproof set up and Yann actually answers his phone to answer all your questions. This also looks really good on my V2. I've seen another V2 with the HT plate and while also bombproof, it seemed to "bow" outwards on the sides a bit making it look a bit much. The Enduro Guardian plate is fitted precisely along the bike lines - the engineering effort is evident. I travel some FS/ gravel roads - nothing hardcore, but the peace of mind is worth it. Even street riding could create problems with no plate with the exposed oil filter and low pipes. Plan to keep my V2 long term, so these investments are worth it to me.
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The SW Motech skid pan attaches to the SW Motech crash bars. The Givi doesn't need crash bars and is much less expensive, but I recommend the Givi crash bars.

That is a good point about the Enduro guardian highway pegs.
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I really like all I read about Enduro Guardian but I don't wan't crash bars if I can get away without them.

I like the look of the Givi (and can be mounted without Crashbars.)

I will have to read more about the Ravetech. (Is it for the 2014+ DL1000? It doesn't explicitly say so.)

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I've got the Givi skid plate on my Wee. I just put the enduro guardian highway pegs on but had to reinforce the mounting area on the skid plate because the aluminum flexes a lot. Oil change wasn't bad, six small screws and the skid plate was off.

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I've got the Givi skid plate on my Wee. I just put the enduro guardian highway pegs on but had to reinforce the mounting area on the skid plate because the aluminum flexes a lot. Oil change wasn't bad, six small screws and the skid plate was off.
How do the Enduro Guardian Highway Pegs fit? Can you please post a picture?

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