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post #41 of 141 Old 10-14-2016, 07:31 PM
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I like their highway pegs. I am trying to get a free OEM centerstand out of the dealer. Lets see how far I get. I normally don't negotiate after the sale but the opportunity presented itself. lol


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Here is what not to buy. My oil filter even had a big dent in it!
Shocking. Did that happen on a ride, or was someone pounding on it with a sledge hammer? It looks like tin.
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Shocking. Did that happen on a ride, or was someone pounding on it with a sledge hammer? It looks like tin.


It happened from my last Adventure ride. It basically is a skid plate for show only. Not much better than the plastic one they give you with the adventure model.
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Sounds like quite an adventure. Do you have pics from that ride?

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An excellent example of choosing the wrong tool for the job. If you are going to be bouncing off rocks and logs get the enduro guardian skid plate. Skid pans like the Givi (and all others that attach to the engine) are for the 90+% of us who do not use our adventure tourers as trail bikes. Again, a matter of picking the right tool for the job.

Both have their purposes and if you don't need the protection from big hits you can protect your oil filter for less with the Givi. It was certainly not designed to support the weight of the bike or absorb a substantial hit. Check out the Enduro Guardian if you going to be balancing your bike on logs.

The best skid plate is the end result of considering factors like price, protection, appearance, and what the owner plans on doing with his motorcycle. It's not the same for everyone.

A $50 skid plate that protected the oil filter from flying rocks would probably be the best skid plate for 50% of owners. Not so much for those doing trail work.

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Right. I do ride the fire roads here that are typically groomed gravel and/or dirt and sometimes even some grass. Hitting the skid is pretty unlikely unless you get off of the main road/trail by choice. Some folks hate that my 650 with 11,000 miles on it looks showroom new. For rough riding I would buy another dedicated inexpensive dirt bike and beat the tar out of it. I used to have two Yamaha 250s.

I tend to look for the best bang for the buck on stuff that is functional enough to meet my meager requirements. I always over research stuff. My wife hates it. I will put together an Excel spreadsheet on every option and usually the best one becomes apparent. There is an amazing selection of options available on these V-Stroms at this point
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Motorstorm calls the Givi skidplate an oil filter protector and I could not find it at first. I think that is more appropriate. $138 sounds about right for what it is.

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Sounds like quite an adventure. Do you have pics from that ride?


I do. The first pick you will see a rock on the bottom right about the size of microwave. I was going up a steep dry river bed, and I got kicked sideways and pulled that one under bike.
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Motorstorm calls the Givi skidplate an oil filter protector. I think that is more appropriate. $138 sounds about right for what it is. So I can get the Givi Skid, crash bars, and Monokey mount from MotoStorm for about $360 plus maybe $30 shipping? The negative is the durability is bad for the skid and it doesn't support highway pegs. That is really inexpensive compared to the prices at Revzilla. Maybe $125 savings or I can order the Givi stuff minus the skid from MotorStorm and just go with a beefier skid with highway pegs option. That sounds better

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