The best dualsport bash plate
A good bash plate is practically a necessity for riding offroad, I installed this plate on my CRF250L. The Moose plate protects delicate hoses and components, Glides over trees and obstacles instead of sliding on the frame itself, and it deflects mud, rocks and water away from the engine. It is also useful onroad, it prevents gravel and debris from flinging into the side of the engine, and offers some protection to side cases if dropped. This plate offers great coverage and protection, it mounts very easily, just slots and bolts into the factory plate mounts. It is a tight fit, and sits aggainst the frames, it seems to be solid. It took a little attention, and pushing up on the plate to get the rear to slot into the factory mounting location the first time. The front is attatched with long skinny bolts, they simply hold the plate on, it's actually the tight fit to the frame that supports and secures the plate, so the relatively small hardware isn't really a concern.
It is drilled for drainplug access, but is easy enough to remove, and provide better access for service. The plate is big and wide, but doesn't get in the way when working foot controls with big MX boots.. The 6mm thick PE plastic is very strong, flexible, and crack resistant, but the plate is assembled from several peices, some are thermoformed to shape, but the sides and mounts are plasti-welded together. The welds are OK, but the back of the seam where they are melted together is a little thinner, and the filler rods along the 2 main seams aren't melted flush. These could be weak points, compared to the solid 5mm thick material elsewhere, but I doubt it would break short of a hit that would damage the bike wearing ANY plate.
I've usually had aluminum plates in the past, but in some ways the Moose plastic is better, it is definitely quieter and doesn't rattle, which isn't noticed much offroad, but makes a huge difference for longer on-road rides and commuting. It is slicker, so it slides over obstacles a little easier, it's lighter, and it is more flexible, so less prone to crack. The design and materials are good, but the welding isn't perfect, would much rather have the whole thing thermoformed from 1 peice, or use smooth and flush welds. The price is probably the biggest negative, it's definitely an expensive piece of plastic. It is priced above just about every aluminum plate made for this bike, although in fairness it covers more than most 1 peice plates, and has similar coverage to the more expensive 3 peice metal plates.