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post #1 of 10 Old 06-19-2019, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Recommendations for good basic skid plate.

Any recommendations for a good basic skid plate? I don’t plan on traveling to Paraguay or bombing recklessly through rock gardens but I would like to have the normal vulnerable parts protected. I also don’t plan on crash bars. Thanks.
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post #4 of 10 Old 06-20-2019, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you. I usually buy from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC and saw a nicer looking Enduro Engineering brand on there for the same price but based on your recommendations I think I should stick with the Ricochet. Besides, the design will be more based on the engine shape and the EE example might be for a smaller more modern mx’er.
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I think Ricochet was close to the first skid plate for the KLR; it's sorta the 'Brand-X' version. Probably more of them on KLRs than any other brand. It's tough and it's ugly and it works.

I really don't know what the difference is between the Gen 1 @$115 and the Gen 2 @$125 They should be the same as the only difference that I can think of in that area is the stock skid plate mounting scheme. I don't even remember if, when I bought mine, there was a differentiation.

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The Gen 2 skid plate will come with replacement triangular engine mounts to get rid of the silly Gen 2 wings for the tall oem skid plate.

Or one can use a cold chisel to separate the wings from the Gen 2 triangles.
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Well, then, that's $10 well spent.

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The Gen 2 skid plate will come with replacement triangular engine mounts to get rid of the silly Gen 2 wings for the tall oem skid plate.
I also went with Ricochet but left the batwings on just for the additional coverage.

However, they had to come off when I added the Tusk crash bars a few months later.

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I have an SW-Motech engine case guard and really like it. You can purchase one on any good motorcycle website or your Kawasaki Dealer.
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Before I took the newly acquired KLR650 for its first (offroad) run I wanted a decent (NOT plastic) bash plate and fortunately I found just the thing in the shed, a brand new aluminum one off my son's Honda Africa Twin. I simply laid the plastic one on top of the AT's and drilled two 6 mm holes through where the rear mounting holes were in the (broken) original. Approximately 10 mm spacers were needed to allow the new plate to clear the horizontal frame tubes. I also made a couple of 8 mm holes in the fold at the front to accept a U bolt which wraps around the front downtube. Don't seem to be able to provide a picture but it works beautifully and cost (me) nothing.

Later: Ok I've created an album with four pictures, best to look at them in reverse order to how they appear (right to left in other words). The oil drain plug opening is an optional extra for future convenience. Hope this helps someone else one day.


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