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by Nikola Maletić May 09, 2018

My 1090 Adventure R will be used off road a lot, so I was searching for decent skid plate. Lot of aftermarket stuff for this bike is on the market, so there are several very good options. Mounting system is main difference between competitors. Some skid plates are mounted only to the frame, while others are also using mounts in the engine case. At first, mounting to the frame seemed to me like much better solution, but KTM did designed mounts incorporated into the engine case for this purpose. I guess that they knew what they were doing. 

Black Dog Cycle works skid plate is very well made product. Mounting system is smart, integrated side stand relocation is a bonus and coverage is good. But, since I was in Europe, it would cost me almost 1000 USD. 

Altrider skid plate was also on my list. Nice design and yet another smart mounting system. 

Touratech Rallye Engine protection is best looking skid plate for this bike, imo. But, delivery time is 3 months, and mounting system is least confidence inspiring among skid plates I was looking. 

At the end, I got Power parts Skid plate, due to availability mostly. After taking a closer look to the skid plate and mounting system, I don't think it is in any way inferior to competition. 

Rear mounts are made of cast steel, bolts are high tensile 10.9 steel bolts and skid plate is made of 6 mm aluminum.

After reading some post on Advrider, I figured that it was imperative to strictly follow instructions in order to avoid problems regarding miss-alignments. I did exactly that - I followed instructions closely. And luckily, installation was very quick and easy. 

I checked everything to see if there were some clearance issues, but everything seemed fine. 

 

I like how it looks on the bike, it is not too bulky and coverage is OK. 

There is one thing I dislike. Six M8x20 countersunk bolts with hex sockets are used to mount skid plate to the custom cast steel brackets. Required torque is 25 Nm which is a lot for tiny hex socket - it will be stripped soon. I will replace those bolts with torx countersunk bolts. Other than that, I encountered zero problems so far. We have few longer off road trips upcoming, so skid plate will be properly tested soon. 

 

Nikola Maletić
Nikola Maletić



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