AltRider Yamaha Super Tenere XT1200Z Skid Plate
Great product, free shipping.
I love the Altrider skid plate. It protects the oil filter and other areas of the bike. Plus, Revzilla offers free shipping on this product and with your purchase, you earn Revzilla bucks.
January 28, 2013
Install was not too bad. Fortunately I had some thread lock at home or I would have been screwed on the install, as I did it late at night and all the stores were closed.
Plate looks good on the ride. I am very satisfied.
December 31, 2012
Sturdy for the occasional hit
This skid plate should suffice for the terrain the Super Tenere was made for. It probably won't withstand big rock hits with the full weight of the Tenere on it.
My only issue is with no easy way to change the oil filter without removing the plate. If doing just an oil change the plate can remain. This only adds another 10 minutes to an oil/filter job.
December 17, 2012
one of the best skid plates available for the XT1200Z
This is a skid plate on an expensive adventure touring bike, so I really don't want to test it if you know what I mean. Skid plates are insurance, you want to have it there just in case.
This product is typical Altrider fare, which is to say it is top quality. The instructions are very thorough and accurate enough that installation was followed with no mis-steps. Hint - an angled driver will ease holding the inboard fasteners.
The product is well designed: good coverage (important for a skid plate), thoughtful bracketry, the fitment was excellent, good powder coat finish (black version), and it looks good too (style is subjective, but let's face it, some skid plates are ugly without being more functional.)
I have several Altrider products on this bike. They're not cheap, but they are about as good as you can get and made in the USA too!
October 29, 2012
Seems that there is no perfect skid plate. This plate is no exception. Installation is a little worse than normal. The included instructions will lead you down the wrong path with wrong sizes of bolts and black and white pictures . Search online for the latest instructions from AltRider or hints from the Super Tenere forums. I think you have to put it on twice before you get it on with no issue.
I haven't had my skid plate sing to me like some ST owners have had, but an easy fix has been found for that.
I also had some initial issues with my shipment from Revzilla. I only mention that to give a shout out to their customer service department. Rock stars.
After all that, I've dropped the plate twice for oil changes, it adds an extra 12 minutes round trip. I guess it could be prettier, but I have a lot of faith this plate will survive the forest service roads and two track I have and will explore. Ping-ping-ping is already a pleasant sound I have gotten used to from debris hitting the bottom of this plate. :-)
I'm a huge fan of AltRider. The instructions were a little disappointing, but the product is solid. There are some better options our there for beauty or armor, but this is the best compromise I am aware of.
October 2, 2012
Haven't used it much, but sure glad it's there.
I think this is a must if you're taking a Tenere off pavement. The OEM plastic guard just isn't going to protect the oil filter. I only rated this a 4 on bang for buck because while the bang is really good, it costs a lot of bucks...But less than a cracked pan would cost, I'm thinking.
Fit is excellent, coverage looks very good, and I'm sure this will take a lot of abuse.
I didn't see this info anywhere else, but the plate has two holes for draining oil without having to remove it. Since Tenere wants a new oil filter only every other oil change, I figure I'll probably have to remove this (two screws at each of three corners, and a bolt at the fourth corner) every 8K miles. That shouldn't suck too badly.
September 8, 2012
nice skid plate
I like the design, looks great . I think it should be made with thicker material. I bought a alt rider skid plate for my vestrom and it was much thicker. I realize that a 575 lb bike is going to bend anything if you actually hit a rock but I think it should be 4mm instead of 3mm but I think its well thought out and would recomind
August 7, 2012
Good solid skidplate
Good coverage, does what its supposed to do. Install was a bit of a pain but once it's on it's solid.
May 7, 2012