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post #1 of 17 Old 02-19-2013, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Skid plates & cornering clearance

From the moment the Altrider skid plate was attached it looked wide and low,thought it could have been a snugger fit.Well took it on the road and after a few rides it struck ground while traveling through a moderate turn with a bit of a dip,both sides.Pulled over and examined the plate and found gouges on both sides.I thought the peg feelers should warn first when nearing the limits of clearance.At home I rigged up a clearance check gauge by simply laying a stick on a 2x4 on the floor with it against the wheels,angled the stick upwards and it revealed the corners of the skid plate striking ground long before the peg feelers.So I removed the expensive thing, it now resides on a wall.I now realise the skid plate is strictly for off pavement use.
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I had a skid plate for a short while. It was extremely stout and heavy. It felt like a pendulum in the twisties. It also dragged on stuff more that the oil pan ever thought of doing.
Like you suggest, it may be nice when off road but a concern in normal road travel.
I traded mine for a top box and cash.
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I have the Hyde Racing model, it is light and fits like a glove under the motor. Never had a problem with clearance.
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I too believe its safer to have the skid plate on at all times. That oil filter is just way too exposed.

Someone with more wheel time than I can speak to this, but it seems weird that the skid plate took a hit on a "moderate corner" if it was mounted correctly. Any time I've ever scrapped, it was never on a moderate corner.

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There was a side stand foot on my bike when I bought it. Everything seemed fine until I got into the twisties, I would scrape but not feel my foot move when it happened. So, I thought it was the center stand that was scrapping, but it had no scratches. Then one day I noticed the foot had a flattened front corner. Come to find out, when I would retract the side stand, this bolted on foot would hit the center stand keeping it from retracting all the way and making it stick out further than it should... So the side stand foot hung lower than the peg feelers and that's what I was scrapping.

So maybe there is something else that's causing the skid plate to extend further than it should. Just a thought.

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I have the Hyde Racing model

I was looking at those but said back ordered for such a long time I forgot about it.
I like the Silence of the Lambs look it has.
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I have the Hyde racing too. Reminds me more of Alien though.
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post #8 of 17 Old 02-22-2013, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the responces fellas,I'm going to fit an oil filter cover like Dan Vesel offers after reading Jamessueta's story.I had a similar loss of a Guzzi engine due to a brief interuption of oil pressure resulting in a scoured crankshaft.
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I too believe its safer to have the skid plate on at all times. That oil filter is just way too exposed.
I have to disagree.
You can argue that if your oil filter gets damaged from road debris, and if it leaks oil, and if that oil makes it way to the rear tire, and if you go down as a result, then it's a safety concern, otherwise you're just looking at possible engine damage.
IMO, too many if's for practical reality.

OTOH, going down in a corner due to loss of traction from dragging hard parts and unloading your tires is 1000 times more likely than the scenerio above.
This, to me, is a real safety concern.
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You can argue that...
I'm not arguing any of that. YOU brought all that up.

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OTOH, going down in a corner due to loss of traction from dragging hard parts and unloading your tires is 1000 times more likely than the scenerio above.
This, to me, is a real safety concern.
I would be interested in your findings that qualifies 1000 times of likeliness of a skid plate dragging and causing a rider to go down. I did a google search and found several cases of a v-strom oil filter being damaged from road debris but can't seem to find anything regarding a skid plate causing a rider to go down.

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