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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:54 pm 
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Our friends at Acerbis really like the DR650.
They just released a new plastic full coverage skid plate.
This is not some weeny MX style glide plate but super thick, tough and light weight armor.
---> http://www.procycle.us/bikepages/dr650.html#acerbisplate

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:04 pm 
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This is long overdue :woohoo: . Might have to start savin' beer cans to buy one.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:09 pm 
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Hats off to Acerbis for continuing to develop and make new products for the DR! :howdy: Not necessarily the skid plate material I'd personally choose for my porky DR but hey, I'm sure many out their will appreciate the weight and noise reduction savings. :s_drinks


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:28 pm 
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Motodrum1 wrote:
...Not necessarily the skid plate material I'd personally choose...
Yeah, I was skeptical when they first started to talk to me about it. I told them they had to realize the DR is a 400 pound rock hammer, not some girly 198 pound KX125. Holding this in my hands it feels like it will be up to the task. I took a few measurements - it's between 8 and 9 mm thick everywhere.

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Very cool!!! :clapping:

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:20 am 
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It looks like it is up to the task! My XR650R has a resin bash plate from the factory.... But the BRP(big red pig) is only 277lbs.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 4:27 pm 
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That's awesome :good: - way to go, Acerbis!
Had it been available a month ago, I would have tried that rather than the Ricochet.
This should be great for resonated/reflected noise, while handling all but the gnarliest of bike-stopping anchor rocks.
I swiss-cheesed the wings on my Ricochet to halve the noise and it worked, but am interested in Acerbis' solution.

3 Questions, if you please:
1) Do you plan to post pics of this sucker on a Mighty DR?
2) Do you know what plastic it's made of?
3) Do I see counterbores to recess the rear mounting screws out of the way?
(--> If so, I might just have to make my Ricochet into garage wall art and try this sucker out!)

Thanks for sharing! Better a couple decades late than never. :biggrin:

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 4:36 pm 
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1) Pics - yes at some point but probably won't get a chance to do that real soon.

2) No idea what the actual plastic chemistry is

3) Yes, the rear screws are recessed into pockets. Nothing to hang up when sliding over stuff.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 7:57 pm 
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ExWrench wrote:
This should be great for resonated/reflected noise, while handling all but the gnarliest of bike-stopping anchor rocks.


I agree. I'm sort of used to the reflected engine noise now of my aluminum skidplate... wonder how well the plastic Acerbis defeats that.

What if you do harpoon a rock with this new plastic skid plate though? I'd think it's finished? Or not....?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:48 pm 
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What if you do harpoon a rock with this new plastic skid plate though? I'd think it's finished? Or not....?
My gut feeling - based solely on handling the new plate - is that anything that would break or puncture it would put a huge deep dent (or tear) in an aluminum plate. Bad enough that you would want to replace it anyway.

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