For the oil and filter changes; 5mm bolts all around to remove? or are they 6mm bolts?I have the Touratech bash plate on my Strom.
It's rubber mounted to the engine just below the front header pipe.
Touratech claims that the mounting because of the rubber damping won't damage the engine in case of a hit.
Based on previous experience with Touratech equipment I tend to believe that claim.
Last week I changed the tires of my bike.
When I removed the front wheel I jacked up the bike using the bash plate. Because of the rubber dampning the bash plate moved a few mm until it rested on the header pipe below the engine before the front wheel lifted of the ground - leaving close to no stress on the front engine mounting of the bash plate.
By the way - it's easy to remove the plate when draining the oil and replacing the oil filter.
All in all I'm happy with the Touratech bash plate.
Touratech, and the info can be found here: Engine guard, large, for Suzuki V-Strom DL650, 2012 onwards | Touratech Ltd down where it says "manual" and "download pdf".For the oil and filter changes; 5mm bolts all around to remove? or are they 6mm bolts?
I'm interested in this TourTech unit!
You've got the point here. However rubber mount technology on Touratech makes this double rubber connection not rigid, and it absorbs the beating very well. No stress comes to engine itself andI wouldn't mount a skid plate to the engine. Miine get beat to hell and I'd rather not use he engine casing as a shock absorber.