AltRider Skid Plate Triumph Tiger 800 2011-2015
Expensive but mostly worth it
Not cheap, but pretty beefy. The welds are generally decent, but a few areas (on mine at least) do not show full penetration of the weld. That said, the thing is pretty stout. I haven't smashed it into anything yet, but I have heard and felt some very satisfying prangs and pings coming from down there on the trails. =) As for the fit, everything lines up perfectly, which is a good thing because attaching it with the allen screws and the spacers on the inside and not getting Loctite on everything is like doing a magic trick. Issues are pretty minor I only am being picky because for the price I'd expect perfection. It is a good design in terms of protection and it looks great on the bike and works with my crash bars too.
October 19, 2015
Saved my bike!
This skid plate is extremely tough and well constructed. I was riding single track on my Tiger 800 with a friend on a KTM 990 when we hit a section of large boulders. He was in front of me and cracked his case open on one of rocks (it went straight through his KTM plate), I hit the same rock immediately after and the AltRider skid plate saved my bike. It took a VERY hard hit and sheered all the rear bolts off and was left badly dented and hanging on by the front bracket. I had to replace the skid plate, but $300 vs. the thousands my friend spent seems like a good trade!
April 11, 2015
Installs easy, looks great, need to really test durability.
Maybe I got lucky but it was the fastest farkle install so far, I was out riding in less than 20 minutes. Everything lined up perfect. It looks really solid, especially compared to the stock and does not impede anything else that I can see. Lets see how messy my next oil change is, the hole looks to be in the right place but smaller than the stock.
It looks great and covers a lot, could possibly come up a little higher in the front is my only issue. Hence the 4 stars for performance. Not cheap either for a bit of folded aluminum, but not as expensive as the stuff it covers.
September 29, 2014
well made and looks good doing it
Good coverage and a thick plate is what I was looking for. Well designed and constructed.
July 21, 2014
This item was the perfect replacement for the stock plastic one which seemed a bit flimsy. Removed the stock item, put a couple of "L" brackets on it and it is now a shelf in the mancave. The new skid plate looks better and will better protect the underside of the bike. The only tricky part of the install was keeping the spacers in alignment while installing the fasteners on the two front mounts. A dab of grease works wonders, the remainder was easy.
Would make this purchase without hesitation again.
June 23, 2014
A well constructed product that will more than do the job.
First, the construction and finish are first rate and the fact that it is designed and built in the USA is an added bonus. I could not give it 5 stars because the mounting holes did not line up on three of the six points and the use of loose spacers made installation far more involved than necessary. I would certainly buy and recommend the product again, however, installation is not trouble free.
May 28, 2014
Perfect protection and safety
Spent a fair amount of time looking for the best skid plate for my bike. I wanted something that looked good and was safe. I wasn't too concerned about the price just because i know a higher price meant a higher level of protection, which is a top priority for me!
The first installation was a bit tricky but after taking my time and observing, I was able to to a complete oil and filter change including removing the plate in 25 minutes. So i'd say it's fantastic!
I beat it up a little from some offloading i did and can say the plate looks barely nicked but i heard several rocks hitting the plate, meaning it's sturdy!
The pictures are to show it fits with ease with the Triumph OEM crash bars and center stand.
Feel free to ask any questions.
April 17, 2014
Great product holds up well, doesn't just look pretty
Haven't had this long but have already put it to the test and it does very well. I like the welded construction vs. the rivets of many other plates.
A quick note on install. It is was not super easy but not extremely difficult either. It's made to go on a stock bike so you may need to do a bit more tear down than the instructions say (like I did due to engine bars I had already on plus the fog lights' harness, blech).
April 5, 2014