New design with a 4mm-thick baseplate and 3mm-thick sideplates overlap at the seams to provide 7mm-thick rails on the outer edges of the skidplate for added strength and stability. Two-tone black and aluminum finish.
The SW-MOTECH skidplate can be used with:
* WARNING: This item does not fit with the OEM (Suzuki) centerstand. Also does not fit with the Hindle Exhaust System, part number VS650HSS.*
Front mounting bracket connects directly to the motorcycle without the need to connect to a crashbar. Recessed rear mounting bracket prevents damage to screw heads when sliding over rocks. Front and rear connection points are rubber mounted to reduce vibration, which lowers noise and the possibility of fracturing the skidplate. The shock absorbing mounting points can be inexpensively replaced if damaged.
The skidplate has a pre-drilled hole in the bottom so that the oil drain plug bolt can be accessed without removing the skidplate. This allows the oil to be changed without removing the skidplate.
To change the oil filter, the skidplate must be removed. This can be achieved by removing four bolts from the bottom of the skidplate and four additional bolts from the front end of the skidplate. The four skidplate mounting brackets can remain attached to the motorcycle. The process of removing and reattaching the skidplate from these points should add no more than 10 minutes to an oil filter change.
Optional SW-MOTECH Skidplate Toolbox Available
- Review by Ken
The installation was pretty straight forward, directions clear and no big surprises. Most of the work was just getting to the bolts on the kick stand, without using the kickstand to do it.
Recently I rode up some pretty rough (rocky and steep) fire roads and more than once I could hear rocks scrapping the bikes underside. Very worthwhile purchase. (Posted on 5/22/15)
- Review by pofolk2000
- Review by Anonymous