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post #1 of 80 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Belly pans?

How many are using a belly pan/ skid plate?? Good idea or waste of money?
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post #2 of 80 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 12:57 PM
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How many are using a belly pan/ skid plate?? Good idea or waste of money?


After seeing a lot of stuff on the internet I decided to install a belly pan on my wing. While riding recently a car I was following ran over a large tree limb, I didn't have time to avoid it. It banged off the belly pan , didn't leave a mark. I can only wonder what would have happened had I not put it on


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Last summer, riding through Miami on I-5 a truck ahead of me threw the tread on a tire. I avoided part of the tread but caught the edge of the tread under the motor of the bike. Quite a hit and I was convinced I lost something under there. When I stopped and checked there was a dent in the skid plate but no damage to the motor or underside. A skid plate is very cheap insurance. Just make sure, if you do buy one that it is two pieces to enable an easy oil change.
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How many are using a belly pan/ skid plate?? Good idea or waste of money?
Do a search on here for Belly Pan - you'll find plenty discussions!

I have one and it's taken plenty of hits! I have the two piece.

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Been thinking of getting a bellypan for quite some time. Just did a oil change and found the oil filter had taken a direct hit from something. Completely deformed but not leaking, took a bit of MacGyvering to get it off. Think the bellypan has moved up on the "to do" list.
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I have one it's an added piece of security for coolant over flow container oil filter. Easy access for oil changes. Well worth the money IMO..
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As I summed it up on a previous belly pan thread:

There are three types of wingers
1. Those that have a BP and glad they do
2. Those who do not have a BP and see no need for one
3. Those who do not have a BP, but in looking back,
wish that they had had one.
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Thanks guys. Sorry if inconvenience any of you that thought you had to answer my foolish ???? BP on the way..
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Not a foolish question at all!

Judging by all the damage to the Belly Pan on my bike, mostly but not exclusively from parking lot speed bumps, I am very, Very, VERY glad I have it.

The last impact from a piece of truck tire, generously thrown my way by another vehicle, damaged the front section of my belly pan to the point that one of the two retaining screws will not work now. Maybe time to replace it? Attached picture was taken some time ago, before this latest insult to the Belly Pan.

That said, as others have mentioned; you definitely want one that has a removable panel for changing the oil and oil filter.
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I have the two-piece that has the vents

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