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Fits well, but a bit flimsy
Fits great on the bike and will offer decent protection for minor bashing or flying stones. My dirt riding is mostly on fire roads, and this will work well for my purposes. If I did much trail riding, I would have likely spent the extra $ on a heavier skid plate, but I have another motorcycle for that. It is the cheapest option that does what I need it to.
February 17, 2014
Fit and Looks are Great
The skid plate was pretty easy to install, however I did have to take a dent out of it that probably was a result of transport damage. If I could do it over again, I would probably order a steel skid plate as opposed to an aluminum one. I just can't imagine what the plate will look like after I hit something substantial. I should have sacrificed the weight for the durability. My bad. It is what they advertized though. I did expect it to be a welded one piece plate and not a riveted plate. If you can put up with it being aluminum, it's a nice product.
September 16, 2013
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Grant A:Yes, the 2012 through 2013 models years are the same, and the skid plate attaches directly with the supplied hardware. Nothing extra required. Installation is easy, but getting to some of the nuts in order to tighten can get a bit fiddly at times, especially if you have larger hands and fingers. One piece of advice: there are four rubber washers/pads that must be inserted between the inside of the skid plate and the mount holes (which are on the engine case). Very little room to get your hand in there to line them up with the bolts. I found that using some double sided tape to secure them to the inside of the skid plate directly lined up over over the skid plate holes, and then poking a hole in the tape with an awl made lining them up for istallation much easier. Keeps them secure when your hands can't.
Plate must be removed for oil changes. Pain in the neck, but no more difficult than installation.
Additional note: if your're looking for a skid plate for serious off-road thumping as opposed to just general protection for the pipes and oil filter you may want to consider something more rugged. The Givi is very nice and definitely does the job for road and light off-road, but it does mount directly to the engine, so if you're going to really pound the underside you should go with something that attaches to the frame and crash bars/engine guard.Nov 17, 2013
Craig M:No additional brackets or modifications are needed. Yes it does need to be removed to do an oil change which takes about 3 minutes. Other skid plates with a oil plug access hole drilled in them would probably need to be removed and cleaned anyway as I can't imagine every drop of oil would make it out without some ending up on the inside of the skid plate.Nov 17, 2013