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post #21 of 37 Old 12-26-2018, 07:45 PM
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I'll agree with that statement, Roy Russell.

Depending on the shape of the rock, I doubt that even the Ricochet style skid plate on my 1987 would have prevented that catastrophic failure!

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post #22 of 37 Old 12-27-2018, 06:32 AM
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I'll agree with that statement, Roy Russell.

Depending on the shape of the rock, I doubt that even the Ricochet style skid plate on my 1987 would have prevented that catastrophic failure!
I guess to me it just seems like a needless waste of an otherwise good condition KLR to intentionally case it without any protection

edit: other than the whole "torture testing an early year KLR when later years are available" thing
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post #23 of 37 Old 12-27-2018, 09:19 AM
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i think the whole point of that bit was to demonstrate what can happen WITHOUT a skid/bash plate.
Maybe so!

They certainly demonstrated what happens when a Generation 1 without Tee mod attempts fording water deeper than 10"!



Their overall thematic point? Don't know; even the SPACE SHUTTLE failed, sometimes!
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Depending on the shape of the rock, I doubt that even the Ricochet style skid plate on my 1987 would have prevented that catastrophic failure!

I think you'd be surprised by both how strong the ricochet is and how weak the case is! ;-) IMO, you'd be hard pressed to damage the case with a ricochet or JNS skidplate in place.

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post #25 of 37 Old 12-27-2018, 11:00 AM
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I've hammered a couple of dents out of the 2 different aluminum skid plates which I've used over the past 29-30 years.

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post #26 of 37 Old 12-27-2018, 11:24 AM
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What it looked like (to me - a young, uneducated dummy) is that the drain bolt was the first thing to contact the ground and subsequently was torqued back and up into the case, shattering the part of it immediately to the rear of the bolt. If there was a low-profile bolt and/or a sufficiently thick skidplate then the bike may have been just fine. Well, or the frame could've been completely boogered - it's all speculation in the end.

What ISN'T speculation on my part is that it's just... dumb to do this to a 31-year old bike (an antique!). Especially when there's a great many other KLRs that have been abused to the point of almost not running which would all be perfectly suitable for this kind of destruction. (and, in my opinion, may even be a better candidate for such tests if you take that prior abuse into consideration in the final cut of the video)
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I've hammered a couple of dents out of the 2 different aluminum skid plates which I've used over the past 29-30 years.
me too but the 3/16" 5052 is quite strong and I have some clearance between the case and the plate. Not saying it isn't possible, just that IMO the damage wouldn't likely have occurred with a Ricochet 'plate.


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post #28 of 37 Old 12-29-2018, 10:54 PM
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I have to agree with you. Especially with some clearance I don’t think it would happen. Once it’s bent though and the clearance is gone of course all bets are off. If nothing else this serves as a good display of how absurdly easy it is to break a case with the factory drain plug.
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post #29 of 37 Old 01-03-2019, 03:58 PM
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That video was what finally made me decide to get a KLR. I thought it was great!
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post #30 of 37 Old 04-12-2019, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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'Bout made me cry to see how they abused the poor thing, for the sake of making such a short video.
To some people Japanese bikes have always been just a "disposable toy".

That bike was in quite pristine condition from what I could see.

So sad.
Does this video make you feel a little better?

https://youtu.be/B59d9r7n_iU
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