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Any interest in this skid plate I'm thinking about producing?

Steel version would cost $75 plus shipping. Standard spray paint finish.

Aluminum version would be $110 plus shipping in polished mill finish.

Let me know if you are interested and if there is enough response I'll "jig" them up and make up a bunch........







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Roy,

Thats a nice piece of metal bending but I can see two problems right off the bat.

Without "sides" on the plate there's no way the plate will be able to resist bending into the oil cooler the first time it hits something substantial. No matter what you make it out of, it's going to fold.

Not quite as big a deal but still problematic (my guess anyway) is the adel clamp arrangement holding the leading edge of the plate to the crashbar. I don't think that's nearly durable enough for the job at hand.

If this rig is there to keep mud and stuff off the engine it would work.
On the other hand, if it's intended to bounce the bike up and over immovable objects like a true skid plate, it's not going to help. At least after 27 years of working on motorycles and aircraft that's my guess.

BTW are you in North Dartmouth? I went to college there a long, long time ago. I still have friends living down on the Slocum River out there in cow country. Beautiful place.

Ride well.

Jeff
 

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Hi Jeff,
Thanks for the comments......The Aluminum plate does bend a bit, but it would take a hit that would damage the oil filter with or without the plate. It really is designed to protect the oil filter from the erant rock thrown up from the front tire. The steel plate is going to take a very substantial hit to cause damage. It is 3/6" plate and takes a tremendous amount of effort to bend it. I've had it contact a high curb with the full weight of the bike and rider on it with no ill effects. I would suggest the crash bars might fail before the plate deflects.

I believe all the other plates available fasten to the crash bars so therefore all suffer this vulnerability.

I live right up the road from the Slocum River...........Great area to live, but the last two years have been extremely snowy!
 

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Roy,

Thanks for the reply. I salute your ingenuity and fabrication skills.

You're quite right. The skid plates I have seen so far ALL attach at the crashbar center connection. That's not the stuff of Paris-Dakar machines but then most of us are not going too far off the gravel road. Or the pavement for that matter for some. Even the Motech skid plate bills itself as moderate or medium duty engine protection. (Something to that effect, I forget the exact words.)

If we really want to bounce V-Stroms off of boulders, I guess we'd all have to go back to the drawing board.

I've been out of Dartmouth for too many years. What's the name of that little village with Davol's General Store? Used to get great sandwiches there and my friends live right around the corner.

Hang in there, the snow is winding down (as I write this, it is snowing here...) But we were out riding Saturday and Sunday. Today heavy rains are expected. Hooray! Say good bye to all the salt and sand on the roads.

Ride well

Jeff
 

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Talk about a small world......I recently sold a little restaurant I owned in the little village of Padanaram, just down the road from "Russels Mills Village" where Davols is located. The folks that own Davols are very good friends of mine........
 
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