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post #1 of 14 Old 08-31-2013, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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Show Me Your Lower Fairing/Skid Plate

I ordered the Suzuki skid plate recently because I have become quite paranoid about my highly exposed oil filter. I am very curious what it is going to look like. I've seen a few pictures of the Givi skid plate, and I didn't personally like it, so I opted for the Suzuki made item with similar body styling to the rest of the bike. Would anyone care to share pictures of your bike with installed skid plates (Givi, Suzuki, or any else)?
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Some will tell you the Suzuki part is worthless for protection. While it ain't fer jumpin' logs it could deflect a fairly substantial object from the filter! My purpose was to fill in the area in front of the engine that looks like something is missing. What I also get is something that makes a LOT of difference in how much crap from the road gets thrown onto the exhaust pipe and engine! I think it really cleans up the looks too.




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Some will tell you the Suzuki part is worthless for protection. While it ain't fer jumpin' logs it could deflect a fairly substantial object from the filter! My purpose was to fill in the area in front of the engine that looks like something is missing. What I also get is something that makes a LOT of difference in how much crap from the road gets thrown onto the exhaust pipe and engine! I think it really cleans up the looks too.



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Some will tell you the Suzuki part is worthless for protection. While it ain't fer jumpin' logs it could deflect a fairly substantial object from the filter! My purpose was to fill in the area in front of the engine that looks like something is missing. What I also get is something that makes a LOT of difference in how much crap from the road gets thrown onto the exhaust pipe and engine! I think it really cleans up the looks too.



Thanks for the shots! I think it looks very nice. I have seen only the zoomed in shot of the region on Suzuki's site-I liked the zoomed out shot. It seems the fit the styling of the bike excellently.

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I'm with RealShelby on this one. The Suzuki lower cowling is great for street riding. I find that I don't need a FendaExtenda either.
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I'm with RealShelby on this one. The Suzuki lower cowling is great for street riding. I find that I don't need a FendaExtenda either.
I don't plan on doing any offroading myself. Just bought the bike for a nice street rider. I like that skid plate-it really makes the bike look different. Thanks for the pic.

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I don't plan on doing any offroading myself. Just bought the bike for a nice street rider. I like that skid plate-it really makes the bike look different. Thanks for the pic.

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Just to be clear, this is not a skid plate in any fashion but it does a nice job of protecting the header and oil filter from anything the front wheel might throw off. It strikes me as well engineered and is pretty sturdy once installed. You can however reach right up underneath the cowling and remove the filter (which I appreciate for an oil change). Probably more than enough protection for street riding.

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I agree that the OEM cowling is great for street and even some gravel road protection. I bought one when I bought the bike and have been very satisfied with it. However, I'm venturing off the beaten path riding forest service roads now and need better protection. I have removed the OEM cowling and have installed crash bars. I have ordered a skid plate for better protection.

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I put the under cowling on my DL650. I also put a belly pan on my SV650S. While it does offer some protection for the exposed oil filter, I think it fills out the engine and makes the bike look better.

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Can I get first dibs on the oem cover when you decied to sale it????
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