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Old 03-17-2011, 12:26 PM   #1
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advice needed - bash plate for F650GS

hi everyone,
i'm trying to decide which bash plate to get for my 2011 F650GS. I'm currently looking at 2 in particular and am hoping to get some advice from users who have either of these items (or both) and can offer up reviews and/or comparisons. the 2 i'm considering are...

- the BMW one for $269...
http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=47920

- the smaller Touratech one for $125.20...
http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/3...650Twin-F800GS

also - if i did get the BMW one, could i still install the Touratech oil filter guard...
http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/P...GS-F650GS-Twin

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lastly - if anyone out there knows of any better products or similar products at a better price, i welcome your input too

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thanks in advance :-)
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Old 03-17-2011, 12:32 PM   #2
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I've got the BMW bash plate on my F800, and it's done the job for 30K miles now. But if it had been available when I bought mine, I would have gone for the AltRider plate instead, and their engine bars too. I saw them at the rally in Redmond and they are STOUT.
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Old 03-17-2011, 12:34 PM   #3
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I've got the BMW bash plate on my F800, and it's done the job for 30K miles now. But if it had been available when I bought mine, I would have gone for the AltRider plate instead, and their engine bars too. I saw them at the rally in Redmond and they are STOUT.

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I agree, the AltRider plate is quite stout, but I'd be concerned about its lack of Cat coverage.

With that in mind, the MOD (Moto Overland) plate is a great choice!
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:53 PM   #4
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Bash guard and center stand plate info

I have the Tourtech bash plate (Part Number: 048-0160) $125 new and Engine guard extension (Part Number: 048-0182) $65 new for the center stand. Both were professionally powder coated gloss black to match the frame for me by Gina's BMW in Iowa City. All the required mounting is included. The were on my 2010 f650gs for a few weeks last spring. I will take $120 for the pair plus shipping. My loss is your gain! I have farlkling needs myself Gary

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Old 03-17-2011, 07:11 PM   #5
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My dealer told me that both the BMW and Touratech ones are made by Touratech, for whatever that's worth. The BMW model provides more protection for the CAT and oil filter. You *must* remove the BMW one to change the oil, though you would probably want to remove the Touratech one too to reduce the mess. 4 bolts drop it.

I've got the BMW one, but I like the look of the Altrider and ADV Spec also has a strong one. Note that if you plan to add engine protection bars at some point (or already have them), not all bash plates are compatible with all protection bars. FWIW, I'm using the BMW bash plate with the Touratech bars and had no issues with the install.
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:56 PM   #6
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:01 PM   #7
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If you get the BMW one, which I have, you must also buy the 4 bolts that hook it up to the oil pan. The F800GS has them with the oem bash plate, the F650GS does not.
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:53 PM   #8
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I'm pretty sure you need those bolts no matter what plate you buy... except maybe the Wunderlich but I don't think anyone on the planet has that one :).

+1 on the MOD. I try and I try and I try to beat the living shit out of it but it keeps on ticking. I even hit it so hard once that the BMW mounting bolts broke off.

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Old 03-18-2011, 09:01 AM   #9
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Nope. If your bike (800 or 650) came with the OEM plastic bash plate then the fittings are exactly the same.
Both my 800 and the wife's 650 came with these plastic plates so I ordered the Enduro aluminium plates for them. The dealer of course also ordered, and supplied, two complete bolt sets but upon removing the plastic plate found the bolts to be exactly the same. The new ones supplied by the dealer for the aluminium plate were subsequently returned and a credit added towards our first service costs.
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Old 03-18-2011, 10:18 AM   #10
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Right.... I meant the 650s. Unless the 30th anniversary edition came with the plastic... or the dealer chose to put it on as it's not stock on the 650 twins.
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Old 03-18-2011, 10:20 AM   #11
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Right.... I meant the 650s. Unless the 30th anniversary edition came with the plastic... or the dealer chose to put it on as it's not stock on the 650 twins... or i'm just out of the loop!!
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:34 PM   #12
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Looked at a lot before I pulled the trigger on the MOD bash plate more coverage and you can change the oil with out removal.
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:11 PM   #13
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:16 PM   #14
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Looked at a lot before I pulled the trigger on the MOD bash plate more coverage and you can change the oil with out removal.
Most of the good bash plates you have to remove to do an oil change. It's no big deal... did my own oil change last weekend and it's a snap. If you get one that allows you to take the filter off without removing the plate you will also be leaving your oil cooler exposed to damage which is easier than you may think considering the 2 hoses that go in and out of it.

If you need to do a quick drain and fill (and leave the current filter in) the MOD has a cutout so you can remove the drain plug.
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:40 PM   #15
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I'm pretty sure you need those bolts no matter what plate you buy... except maybe the Wunderlich but I don't think anyone on the planet has that one :).

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Hi,

It seems to me, that the strength of the skid plate and its ability to protect the underside of the engine is limited to the strengths of it's mounting points. If you make the skid plate too strong, it quits protecting the oil pan, and just lowers the ground clearance by transmitting impact forces through the mounting bolts.

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