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post #1 of 13 Old 01-04-2016, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Question Which Ones? (Crash Protection)

Okayyyy,
Who wants to proclaim which skid plate and crash bars are the best? And of course the all ensuing "WHY".
Trying to get ready for spring.
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-04-2016, 08:36 PM
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Okayyyy,
Who wants to proclaim which skid plate and crash bars are the best? And of course the all ensuing "WHY".
Trying to get ready for spring.
Okayyyy,
I'll go 1st.
Happy Trails skid plate or UtahSportCycle/Moose/Ricochet style. They all extend rearward of the drain plug!
With exception, all of these and all of the other brands NEED rubber 'donut holes' to space the skidplate DOWN about 3/8ths to 1/2 inch from the frame rails, to properly protect the drain plug!!!!!!! I make mine from a 6/8/10 ply truck tires.
And I DO NOT care if one is already using a 'low profile' drain plug! I live in the ROCKY Mountains!

Nomad Rider or SW Motech.
I'd prefer Nomad Rider guards because of the cross-brace.

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Do you mean most of the skid plates (you mentioned) don't come with the rubber "spacers"? They mount direct to the bottom (metal to metal).

And with the low profile plug is it still really close to exposed?

I'm just wondering as I'm in the same as the OP. Looking for crash bars and skid. I was kind of thinking of building a skid.
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and PDwestman, are most of the clearance issues with different skids and crash bars relatively easy to deal with (a little grinding or cutting here or there)?
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I have a JNS Engineering Skidplate with SW-Motech crash bars.

The skidplate does not need donut holes to position it down. It already comes positioned lowered, and extends to cover the drain plug. I've dragged my bike across rocks and trees and banged it hard on lots of different things. It has held up well for me.

Similar story for the crash bars. They've absorbed simple drops to a 60 mph crash on the street and several crashes in the dirt.
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Skid Plate:

- I use a Ricochet on both bikes and like them though JNS is probable THE best.
- Using an Eaglemike low profile magnetic drain plug, I have no worries about hitting the plug and I ride extensively offroad (had to go over 6 fallen trees last time out alone). Sorry PD, no spacers for me, I need that 1/2" additional ground clearance! :-)

Crash Bars;

- I have the Happy Trails Paris Dakar bars on one bike (mine are both Gen1's) but I'd argue that the best crash bars aren't bars at all but an IMS tank; no dents, no rust, additional capacity, easy to see fuel level, can carry fuel lower for a lower CG and still offers decent radiator protection.....at 14lbs less than the factory tank, shrouds and HT PD bars.


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Thanks all. Good info and input. One things for sure pdwestman doesn't get flats using 10 plys I bet. LOL.. There are some nastyies in his neck of the world also. Hiked the sinks a bit and the pass. Can't wait to go ride some of it now that I have a bike.

I see jaymckenney started a Crash Bars post also. More good stuff there as well.
Well a little more snow in the forecast so I have decision time.

Thanks again all!!
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post #8 of 13 Old 01-07-2016, 05:55 PM
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Hey guys. Which of the skid plates still have exposed, non-recessed bolts on the bottom? It looks like the ricochet style must.
The SW-motech looks smooth on the bottom?
The JNS has recessed bolts?

in my experience, the smoother the bottom is, the better.

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JNS is recessed.
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-23-2016, 11:40 PM
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I've got the Happy Trails skid plate and radiator guards. I've dumped it a number of times and they worked great. No damage just scratches to the guards.
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