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post #1 of 47 Old 08-31-2012, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Givi Skid Plate

Received my Givi skid plate yesterday and figured I give my first impressions. This thing is LIGHT! All aluminum except for the brackets but still feels sturdy and well built. I don't plan to do much more than forest service roads so I'm ok with a few dents and dings that I know will appear in very short order. The finish is more polished than I expected, as in shiny, so I may Rhino Line the sucker to help it blend in. Brackets are strong and there is not much flex once it is tightened down. Lock nuts and washer are on all the bolts except the 2 that mount to the front cylinder so you don't need much thread locker.

I have one big complaint. Some genius at the paint department decided to paint the INSIDE of the threads of the lower brackets so unless you have a M6 tap laying around be prepared to buy new 4 new bolts for your 1st oil change. The lower bolts seem to be made of cheese.






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Received my Givi skid plate yesterday and figured I give my first impressions. This thing is LIGHT! All aluminum except for the brackets but still feels sturdy and well built. I don't plan to do much more than forest service roads so I'm ok with a few dents and dings that I know will appear in very short order. The finish is more polished than I expected, as in shiny, so I may Rhino Line the sucker to help it blend in. Brackets are strong and there is not much flex once it is tightened down. Lock nuts and washer are on all the bolts except the 2 that mount to the front cylinder so you don't need much thread locker.

I have one big complaint. Some genius at the paint department decided to paint the INSIDE of the threads of the lower brackets so unless you have a M6 tap laying around be prepared to buy new 4 new bolts for your 1st oil change. The lower bolts seem to be made of cheese.






Now to get the SOL Hybrid 3 (I tend to be a little overboard on safety) I'm off to the Four Peaks in Tonto National Forest!
Thanks for sharing these pics! I have been waiting for ages to finally see one of these bash plates installed on the bike.

Makes me glad I have one on backorder

IMO this is the best looking one out there. Great looking bike too.

Enjoy the ride.
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I installed the same skid plate. Once it is bolted up, it is pretty solid. I was not too crazy about the quality of the welds on the outside lip, but afterall, I guess it is just a skidplate. I finally decided to try something else. Posted the skidplate in the market section. If anyone likes the looks of the GIVI, send me a message. I have one for sale.
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IMO this is the best looking one out there. Great looking bike too.

Enjoy the ride.
NarcosisJunky Makes a really nice looking plate, Steel, goes further back than the Givi plate.

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NarcosisJunky Makes a really nice looking plate, Steel, goes further back than the Givi plate.
I just installed that plate last night, and it is BEAST, although a bit on the heavy side.
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Is there any pics of the NarcosisJunky bash plate installed?
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I installed the same skid plate. Once it is bolted up, it is pretty solid. I was not too crazy about the quality of the welds on the outside lip, but afterall, I guess it is just a skidplate. I finally decided to try something else.
If I did it over again I think if go for the Touratech. I wanted to disrupt the bikes lines as little as possible and still protect the bike. I'll see how this one holds up first.



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That's Yann right?

Here you go, awesome product, awesome service and a top notch guy to deal with. This is the aluminum version. I'll be adding the highway bars soon....Those are the Givi crash bars bars BTW.







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Cost?

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Crash bars required?

Givi was one of my choices but I'd rather keep the $$ in the USA.
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