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post #1 of 27 Old 06-14-2012, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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2012 skid plate and HB crash bars

I have done a ton of searching here and not found much on point.

I have the Suzuki OEM plastic under cowl. It came with the bike. I recently mounted the Hepco Becker crash bars. I am now pondering a skid plate. I had one on all my thumper dual sports and they were a great idea.

I am unable to find a skid plate that either mounts with the HB bars, or at the very least, can be mounted with the HB bars in place. Just about all the pictures I have seen of mounted skid plates show them hanging off the bars in the front, but I have not yet seen any pictures showing one with the HB bars.

Does anyone have any suggestions? The optimum would be a skid plate that does not mount off the HB crash bars and does not require removal of the HB crash bars. The cowl would go away if I can find a good skid plate.

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Givi and sw motech and happy trail (not 100% sure on Ht) have one that does not have to be mounted to crash bars

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Will the Yann skid plate work with HB engine guard?
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Will the Yann skid plate work with HB engine guard?
Boy, based on the pictures that I saw, I don't think so. I am hoping to find someone who has the HB crash bars and has a good skid plate of some sort on the bike.

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Will the Yann skid plate work with HB engine guard?
We both seem to think it will fit just fine with the HB 2012 crash bar. The issue with the older HB bars was the square front iron (there were easy work arounds). The new bar is round in the front, so that shouldn't be an issue.

I should be able to tell you by the end of the weekend or early next week. My plate arrived today, my bars tomorrow.


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Glasswave, I will be so interested to hear your report. The thread above shows the 2012, but with the Suzuki OEM crash bars, and you can see how the skid plate mounts with U-bolts off the front of the crash bars. So on the 2012, I have seen the Yann plate used with the OEM and Givi bars.

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Is the plastic cowling worth the money? I bought a new wee yesterday and was thinking of ordering one. The bike just looks un-finished down there
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This thread will turn your thoughts to a skidplate.
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Is the plastic cowling worth the money? I bought a new wee yesterday and was thinking of ordering one. The bike just looks un-finished down there
I bought one and, after opening the package and inspecting it, returned it. Unlike the reasonably durable guard that came on my '02 DL1000, which was molded in one piece out of a fairly tough and thick piece of plastic, the Suzuki cowling for the '12 DL650 consists of three pieces molded from a plastic that does not appear to be very tough at all. It is also quite a bit thinner than that on the DL1000. My conclusion was that it was not up to living in the vunerable area underneath the engine.
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Is the plastic cowling worth the money? I bought a new wee yesterday and was thinking of ordering one. The bike just looks un-finished down there
Whether or not it's "worth the money" is pretty subjective.

My take:
The SW-Motech and plates with similar mounting systems claim the mounting brackets are designed to "bend" or "breakaway" on significant impact so as to not damage the casing.

Yeah, OK, but apparently they've never been tested to that degree. I don't want to be the guinea pig. More to the point - if I intended to ride terrain where I needed a skid plate to breakaway, I'd bust for a KTM 690 and call it a day.

FWIW I spent a few days with the '12 Wee riding 50% dirt, gravel and rocky terrain -some of it pretty nasty- with the OEM plastic cowl in place. I constantly heard rocks deflecting. It served it's purpose with no problems and no scars.

I think the steel and/or aluminum plates are overkill. However, in the end I'm of the mind that something is better than nothing.

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