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Old 02-25-2012, 07:23 AM   #16
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I went with the touratech. Anything from that company has been time tested.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:04 AM   #17
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I have a Touratech on my HP2 and it is really stout and well thought out, I will be replacing my Twin headlight Ernie plate on the GSA because I don't believe it will hold up to a serious hit due to the thin material it is constructed of.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:10 AM   #18
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This is a little ride from last fall after I'd installed the bdcw plate. (first vid. Sorry, can't embed)

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Not too bad with the bottoming out , though I managed to do it enough. The road before this one was nothing but baby head size rocks. What a bitch it was on the heavy ass gs.

I've been completely thrilled with the performance of the plate. To boot, its a breeze to remove for servicing. I've got buddies with the large BMW plate, and I really like the rubber sump piece. The TT is nice as well. Lots of good options it seems. If I had to do it over again I'd still spring for the extra cash and pick up the black dog plate.
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:10 AM   #19
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Thanks for the reply. As one door is closed, another has been opened. So, now the question is: is it better for the skidplate to break off upon impact or stick around?
I think whats most important is to avoid this. The BMW plate uses a form fitted absorption block between the stump and plate as well as sacrificial mounting bracket that should go a long way to help prevent breaking the engine case. Black Dog isolates these by attaching to a frame tube.

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Old 02-25-2012, 10:16 AM   #20
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well that doesnt look good

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Old 02-25-2012, 02:24 PM   #21
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Standby the BMW Big Plate

Low sided into a ditch and did this - if I had the smaller plate it would have been much much more

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Old 02-25-2012, 03:23 PM   #22
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Standby the BMW Big Plate

Low sided into a ditch and did this - if I had the smaller plate it would have been much much more

I have one exactly the same as this one. I banged out the skid plate put it back on, Than I bought a used header off flea market and hang it on the wall, when I go to see it I will put the new (to me) header on.

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Old 03-02-2012, 06:52 AM   #23
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Ooh Baby it's a wild world

After seeing all the scary pics posted here, I took out a third mortgage and ordered the BDCW skid plate and extra life insurance. Thanks for the valuable feedback, ya'll.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:54 AM   #24
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Bdcw

BTW, re BDCW as an FYI the matching center stand cover is on backorder which sucks IMHO.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:10 AM   #25
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I put a BMW Adventure bash plate on my standard GS.

As the late Davey Jones once sang..... and I'm sure it was about the BMW Adventure bash plate

"Aaaaaaaahhhh'm a believer"

While two up on a dirt road in teh Coronado Forest in southern AZ some washes stared to come through the road. They were pretty wide, and smooth so I kept my speed up around 50-55.

One dip looked deeper, so I stood up to look into it as I approached. Uh oh. Huge sheep's head rock in my path. Too late to brake, I moved over enough to miss the wheels, but the bike bottomed out right onto that sheep's head with a mighty "crack".

Thinking I really broke something and expecting an oil leak... I stopped to look. The bash plate had a two good creases, and a small crack in the aluminum. Very small.

The aluminum is thick, the rubber pad distributes the impact and the mounts are sturdy.

We smacked into that rock very hard. The impact was loud and physically jarring. The bash plate did a perfect job.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:24 AM   #26
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Jah-bless, you skirted a fall there. So, if the BMW skid plate took the impact and cracked in the process, do they make something that protects the skid plate from impact? I think Touratech makes a skid plate reinforcement plate. but then what protects the reinforcement plate? Where does the protection stop?

Anyway, my point is that if your protection needs protection itself, then maybe it is not protecting much in the first place.

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I put a BMW Adventure bash plate on my standard GS.

As the late Davey Jones once sang..... and I'm sure it was about the BMW Adventure bash plate

"Aaaaaaaahhhh'm a believer"

While two up on a dirt road in teh Coronado Forest in southern AZ some washes stared to come through the road. They were pretty wide, and smooth so I kept my speed up around 50-55.

One dip looked deeper, so I stood up to look into it as I approached. Uh oh. Huge sheep's head rock in my path. Too late to brake, I moved over enough to miss the wheels, but the bike bottomed out right onto that sheep's head with a mighty "crack".

Thinking I really broke something and expecting an oil leak... I stopped to look. The bash plate had a two good creases, and a small crack in the aluminum. Very small.

The aluminum is thick, the rubber pad distributes the impact and the mounts are sturdy.

We smacked into that rock very hard. The impact was loud and physically jarring. The bash plate did a perfect job.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:30 AM   #27
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skid plate

I just installed the Jesse skid plate. $195. I tried to buy the Wunderlich but they were back ordered. The Jesse is made of 3.4mm aluminum and used larger rubber shock absorbers in the mounting.
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:06 AM   #28
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I went with a skid plate from AltRider,I got from from Chad at Adventure Designs in Hayward Ca.It's aluminum,but it has a corrugated design for strength.The "wrap" around design protects your header and connector,plus it doesn't weigh a ton.


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Old 03-04-2012, 09:46 AM   #29
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Anyway, my point is that if your protection needs protection itself, then maybe it is not protecting much in the first place.
Bash plates should be considered sacrificial. Would you rather crack a $300 aluminum plate or a $$$ engine case?
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Old 03-04-2012, 12:24 PM   #30
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Bash plates should be considered sacrificial. Would you rather crack a $300 aluminum plate or a $$$ engine case?
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I have already sacrificed the small stock plate and am in the process of installing a BMW Adv. plate, as soon as the weather warm up a little.


A little damage to the filter, but could have been worse.
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