Are you going with crash bars too? I probably would not get them normally, but am contemplating them as necessary to protect the side of the rad in the event of a tip over, and also needed to mount additional lighting. Trying to keep my Strom as light as possible.
Also considering the Motech skid plate and Plastic one made by Hyde racing if it fits the 2017+ https://www.hyderacing.com/store/adventure/suzuki/650.htm
Gravel roads are probably the most off roading my bike will see. Want it to be more of an all road Sport Tourer.
I went with Weld 86 after the cross piece on my OEM crash bars broke due to stress. How the hell it was stressed is beyond me. But it broke. And that made me think that attaching a skid plate there was probably not a good idea. I like the Weld. Very easy to remove for oil changes and tough as nails.
Love the Weld86 plate, they are well made and mines been tested more than a few times. They do exactly what we need them to do, and it’s very lightweight compared to many others. Some poo poo the way it mounts, but many of us run these and few have had issues.
Any and every skid plate is going to make additional noise, it is directly below an engine with many moving parts and things banging up and down. It's just noise reflection, but I honestly have found it to be minimal, however I also wear ear plugs. :wink2:
It is true that is doesn't have to come off. But it is so easy to remove that I do this each time. Adds 4 minutes to the job and I have no worries about the filter slipping out of my hand and spilling on the plate. Any and every plate....
I have partly folded up a peg & not scraped mine....
As far as the reflected noise issue; Go to the Wally's or auto parts store & get a can of 3M undercoat to spray on the inside before mounting, use tape to mask off the outside from over-spray.
Noise problem pretty much solved!
Just curious, does anyone know why LeoVince does not have an exhaust option for the 2017+ Vstrom 650 models? They have exhausts for the Vstrom 1000's. Given the popularity of the Vstrom 650, I'm surprised they don't have ANY exhaust options for the 2017+ models. 2020 and still nothing. I...
Just purchased a 2018 650 XT. Having put 60000 miles on a 2008 wee, I looked at nothing else for a new bike.
Overall very happy with new bike. But the fender is so short I get a mud bath all over the engine on my winter rides here in Pa.. The front fender is much shorter than my 2008...
I notice that a lot of the skid plates for the V-Strom 650 attach to the engine itself. That seems sketchy, but I realize there isn't a frame underneath the engine to use for an attaching a plate. Is that a concern or a nonissue?
I'm not a real off road rider, but I'll be doing a lot of dirt...
I'm probably going to purchase a 2019 650 vstrom ( the loaded version) within two weeks. I've not riddin in 15yrs. Is there some threads for people new to the vstrom platform? I don't know much; so I don't want to waste peoples time with dumb,already answered question.
Im looking in to buying a new bike, and a new 650xt is at the top of my list. I testrode one the other day right after I tried the ktm 790 adv, bmw 850gs and the 1000xt.
The other bikes I tried I only tried to compair, Im not in the market for bikes in that pricerange.
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