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Looks like SW is about to release a pretty large skid plate: Aluminum engine guard for Ducati Desert X

I wonder if it’ll play nice with the Hepco & Becker or OEM engine guards since it seems to rise up pretty high.

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I’ve been keen on getting a skid plate and crash guards, but unsure whether it’d be worth going OEM or picking up more pro per dollar by going third party. Anyone have feedback on third party parts they’ve been happy (or unhappy) with?
 

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That looks really nice. Not sure about it not having a water pump guard though. Maybe they do just a different video? Looks like it could be a bit more weight with a plate covering the timing belt.
For what it's worth, I installed the OEM crash bars and brash plate. So far it has been holding up quite well but I haven't taken it through any rocky areas.
 

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Looks like SW is about to release a pretty large skid plate: Aluminum engine guard for Ducati Desert X

I wonder if it’ll play nice with the Hepco & Becker or OEM engine guards since it seems to rise up pretty high.

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I’ve been keen on getting a skid plate and crash guards, but unsure whether it’d be worth going OEM or picking up more pro per dollar by going third party. Anyone have feedback on third party parts they’ve been happy (or unhappy) with?
I'm liking the looks of this SW-Motech skid plate. To clear the H&B crash bar lower cross-over tube, a portion of the skid plate leading edge may need to be trimmed right below the radiator and in front of the valve cover. Probably not a big deal.

Of more interest is whether the sub-brackets that attach to the motor mount will work with the H&B crash bar and water pump guard mounts. The nice thing about the SW-Motech brackets is they are separate pieces which could probably be modified or reproduced to be compatible if SW-Motech doesn't end up offering such a configuration.

I wonder if the lower rear mounts are compatible with the Ducati center stand?

It also looks as if some protection of the CAT could be easily added, especially if no center stand is used. Otherwise, I would expect the center stand itself would provide some protection.

Of all the skid plates that I've thus far seen, it's looking as if these are one of the more workable options with non-Ducati crash bars.
 

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That is the one thing I learned with some of my other ADV bikes is to either check compatibility with other items or just go with one brand as it will all work together. Meaning I've bought an Altrider Crashbar set and a different brand skid plate and they wouldn't work together due to the way they mounted or used mount points.

I'm not a huge fan of SW-Motech and Heed. Fit and finish and engineering have been so-so. The OEM stuff is made by Touratech, which I've used in the past and liked. I can see in the above picture, the OEM Crashbars won't work with the SW Motech based on where or how it mounts to the engine bolt.
 

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I'm really liking the As3 performance set up right now. -




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I'm really liking the As3 performance set up right now. -




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That looks like the Adventure-Spec bars.
 

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I have these. Bomber built for sure. Will mount up next weekend and post some pics. I like how you keep the factory guards and improve drop protection.
 

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anyone can confirm or deny that those hand guards create some vibration on the bike.. probably due to weight (removing orginal wieghts which are heavy)?
Only 100miles since instal and I can’t tell any difference in vibration. The guards are heavy and one of the fittings places on each side is heavy as well. I would say the install items are heavier then items which were removed if that is your concern.
 
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