Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Home: Vancouver BC. Current: Portland OR
I used to have the oem lower cowling on the bike when I lived back in Vancouver. I used it for almost a year on all types of roads. Many times I heard small stones jump up and hit it. I could see the small nicks in the plastic. I often took the bike up some gnarlier trails with larger looser rocks. That's when the cowling starts to show it's weaknesses. The cowling would deflect anything kicked up at it but if the rock was big enough it would roll under and hit the bottom of the exhaust. Mine has a few dents in it. I was always worried about the engine when I heard a bang so I would get off and check it out.
Then I put on an Enduro Guardian plate... I haven't even though about what might be hitting the bottom. I just fly over anything. I recommend it just for the fact you don't have to worry.
That being said the oem cowling worked fine for me, but I am sure if I kept it up something would break.
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'12 650 ADV in White: Oxford heated grips, 12v socket x2, BarkBuster Storms, Pivot Pegz, OEM Aluminum cases and top box, OEM crashbars,