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post #1 of 11 Old 07-12-2006, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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I saw this beautiful picture in the gallery of this guy with a white Strom. I noticed it had a aluminium skid plate. Does anyone know where I might get such and animal? Also do knobby motorcross tires fit without mods to the original bike?
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Re: Skid Plate

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Hello fellow troopers!
I saw this beautiful picture in the gallery of this guy with a white Strom. I noticed it had a aluminium skid plate. Does anyone know where I might get such and animal? Also do knobby motorcross tires fit without mods to the original bike?
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The aluminum skid plates are available in several different configurations from several manufacturers. Google can be your friend.

You should also be able to get knobbys in sizes to fit the Strom but unless you're doing sand or mud why would you want to? It's really not going to do well in the rough off-road stuff like a KLR or DR would do; it's alittle too heavy and doesn't have the right suspension for it.

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Ya fair enough. I want to be able to do several hundred kms. on forestry trunk roads. I would feel better on knobby tires. and having the aluminium skid plate would eliminate the damage to my oil cooler. The reason I purchase the vstrom is so that I would be better off on the highway. I wanted the sport from a "crotch rocket" and the versatility of a KLR. So that is why I purchased a V-STROM!

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Ya fair enough. I want to be able to do several hundred kms. on forestry trunk roads. I would feel better on knobby tires. and having the aluminium skid plate would eliminate the damage to my oil cooler. The reason I purchase the vstrom is so that I would be better off on the highway. I wanted the sport from a "crotch rocket" and the versatility of a KLR. So that is why I purchased a V-STROM!
Then you've got the right bike! For mostly forest roads I think you could get away with one of the dual sport tires like the Trailwings, Anakees, Tourances, Scorpions etc, especially if you're going to do 70% street-30% forest road. You could do a real enduro style tire like the Dunlop 606 if you plan to do a lot more off road than on road but the stree performance and mileage will suffer accordingly and the Strom is really (imo) just a little too heavy to run knobbies all the time. OR do what the hardcore advriders do and carry both sets. street tires to get there and then spoon on the dirt tires for the trails.

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Re: Skid Plate

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Hello fellow troopers!
I saw this beautiful picture in the gallery of this guy with a white Strom. I noticed it had a aluminium skid plate. Does anyone know where I might get such and animal? Also do knobby motorcross tires fit without mods to the original bike?
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I got my skid plate from Twisted Throttle, a Motech brand. Works with the crash bars. Worked well on the trip to Canada last month.

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The skid plate and the crash bars are from SouthWest Mo-Tech. The tires appear to be TKC-80's from Continental Tire.

I personally have the crash bars and really like them. I do plan to add the skid plate later. I do hear that it does reduce clearance slightly, but not enough to be a major concern.

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post #10 of 11 Old 07-12-2006, 10:00 PM
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I've read elsewhere Wasabi beats the heck out of that plate and it has really held up well.
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