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post #1 of 16 Old 11-10-2013, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Do all skid plates require crash bars?

Seems all skid plates I've seen require crash bat for mounting point, are there any good ones that don't?

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I put the Givi Trecker on my 2013 DL650 Adventure. It connects to the motor and not the crash bar.
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My Hyde skid plate does not require engine guards.
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Weld 86, no.

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My Hyde skid plate does not require engine guards.
+1 I also like that it's very light weight.

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I have one from SW Motech that attaches to the engine. While it protects the oil filter and bottom of the engine, I wouldn't want to get too "western" with it.
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Touratech also sells one that does not require guards for attachment. Pricey but probably of very high quality, as are most Touratech products (I haven't seen this one).

I've tried both the Givi and SW Motech skidplates. The Givi is made of very thin, lightweight aluminum and certainly won't take skidding over rocks, logs, etc., but does well for protecting the oil filter from flying rocks, etc. The SW Motech is made of substantially thicker aluminum but has two wings (for lack of a better word) that are riveted to the center piece. After some really heavy bashing (high centering 3 times on the plate and a couple of drops) about half of the rivets broke. That's easily fixed and it did fulfill it's intended purpose, protecting the engine, oil filter, etc., and could still be ridden home.

I don't know of any other skidplates that don't attach to the guards than those already listed. I don't think any of these are up to the standards of true dirt bike bash plates but should work well for lighter duty use.

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one thing about the touratech skid plate is that it doesn't cover the exhaust very well. It seems you could still take some damage with this plate. maybe a fender extender would help here..

I'm looking to grab a skid plate soon, I need one and I can no longer avoid dirt roads, I'm hooked on the fire roads we have everywhere around AZ!

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I would wonder what you will be riding that requires a skidplate, but that doesn't make you want the extra protection of crash bars?

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post #10 of 16 Old 11-11-2013, 10:43 AM
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Well maybe...

... he already has crash bars and needs a skid plate that doesn't require mating to a particular crash bar design. By the way, if you do need crash bars, the best design I've ever seen -- and I've looked at every design I came across for the last several years -- are the Altriders: http://www.altrider.com/altrider-cra...l-1000/pid/704

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