...A bit obsessive here in that when I start on a project I don't like leaving part of it undone, a character trait that my wife of 43 years doesn't quite understand and relate to. I am sure i will be a pain in the $&& when I retire next December.
I am so happy with the crash bars, and not trusting of the small OEM skid plate, that I ended up the black steel heed skid plate too. Buying Heed again, helped me be sure it's a good fit with my Heed bunker bars.
I got the steel because I'm cheap, and only after I received it I realised it is significantly heavier than the small aluminium oem plate. But no worries, first thing I did was check if can pop a wheelie, and I'm happy to say that I feel no difference in riding or wheelies with the heavier plate
I guess that what will suffer most the additional plate + bars weight (I think they are at least 10 kilos together), is the suspension. I've already blown a fork seal once, when bottoming out, I guess I'll have to dial up the compression damping whenever off-roading to avoid further issues.
Today for the first time I also measured the sag setting on both front and rear, and discovered as others have that I need full preload on both, and still am not on the 30% sag point (I was hoping the bike will think I'm 75 kilos, even though the scales show closer to 90 with gear). Perhaps some day I'll get stiffer springs, if I feel issues.
Here are a few pics of the bash plate from all sides, so you get to see what it looks like installed and compared to OEM.
While I was at it (i.e. the careless paypal buying button it), I bought myself a pair of heed bar bags too...
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I'm actually a real beginner in off-road riding (been riding road and racetrack for quite some time), don't get confused by me scratching up the bike it's not due to hard off-roading skills, more due to lack of skill .From your posts it sounds like you ride pretty hard, you’d love heavier springs, made a huge difference fo me.
Out of interest, which springs did you install?
And if I may... how much do you weigh?