AltRider Skid Plate Kawasaki KLR650 2008-2015
very nicely made, super easy to fit, far better coverage of the motor than the stock plate. It's been very well thought out.
Cons? Can't think of one.
August 10, 2015
Installation is a not really easy
Looks and performs great. Do not tighten any bolts or screws until they are all partially threaded into the nut or fixed location...this is an EXACT fit and there is no room for the slightest misalignment. I mean very precise.
August 10, 2015
Pricey, but great protection and fit/finish
I bought the AltRider skid plate after reading the reviews here at Revzilla (and ordering the Givi Engine Guards). The first skid plate that I received did not mount up properly, probably just a mistake somehow and no harm done. What WAS awesome was the level of customer service I received from the Revzilla staff in helping me sort through the issue and getting me a replacement plate in a couple days. These are individuals who care about what they do and are passionate about customers, that was evident!
Back to the plate, I got the 2nd one mounted with the Givi Engine guards and it is awesome. What I like is the fact that there are no exposed bolts (everything is flush) and that you can access the oil drain plug without removing the plate.
Great product, even if you don't so serious off road stuff you should get one just to enhance the pose factor.
July 26, 2015
My second choice...
Truth be told I had bought the Happy Trail skidplate before this one. I thought it would be a decent product at nearly half the price. The issue being that they were nearly six months behind on back orders. I splurged and bought the Alt Rider skid plate for more money but am really impressed with the finish of the item.
The aluminum is almost the same weight as the useless plastic that comes with the KLR so there was no increase there. The rubber grommets - while a pain to install - are a nice touch that feels like it would do more to save from major impacts over just a skid plate. The hardware included was very well packaged, the instructions clear. The only way they could have made the installation easier would have been to include a lift for the bike.
I'm impressed with the skid plate and look forward to seeing how it holds up in the dirt. I don't suspect it to be lacking.
June 9, 2014
Altrider Skid for KLR650 USED WITH Givi Crash Bars
The coverage of this skid is excellent however I have to comment about the gauge of metal used. Former examples of their skids such as the product for the R1200GS utilizes material much thicker. I took several rocks with this skid and while there was no damage to the bike, the skid did get bent up a bit. Some would so it did it's job, including me. My point is, it wouldn't get deformed if it was just a little thicker. Great fit and finish though and mounted up well with the Givi crash bars. They collectively saved my bike during a sketchy crash. Every time the skid would ding, I knew it was still there saving my bike. Nice work on this product Altrider!
June 2, 2014
Great Skid Plate
Looks cool. Beefy and up to the job. A bit hard to install as rubber bumpers have to be compressed for hole fitment. But rubber bumpers important to eliminate vibration. Be careful as I dumped my bike trying to get holes to line up by pushing underside of plate for hole alignment (my fault) with broken fairing. Dohhhhh! Well built and made with precision. Costly compared to other plates.
February 15, 2014
AMAZING SKID PLATE
I recently purchased the Altrider skid plate for my 2014 KLR650 to replace the cheap useless factory plate. Prior to this purchase i installed the Givi crash bars of which created a tremendous amount of vibration through out the bike at around 45 MPH in conjunction of the existing vibration of the primal motorcycles single cylinder 651cc engine. Once installed the Altrider skid plate with all 8 dampners like magic even the majority of the pre existing vibration prior to installation of the engine guards was gone. I am extremely stunned by this since some KLR owners in the past result into upgraded piston kits to achieve a smoother ride and all i did was install a skid plate. Over all coverage is great it protects the water pump, valve cover, and more then 75% of the oil sump and the hole in the bottom for oil change purposes works flawlessly in the plates functionabilty. great finish and solid yet light weight. I found that for anything that covered more then this plate is in the upward 280-300 dollar range and appeared less attractive to the eye and functionabilty all around on the bike seems questionable. I am really impressed with the out come of this purchase and will highly suggest this to any other KLR enthusiast.
November 4, 2013