Review: MOD Skidplate for BMW F800
Always in search of out-of-the-mainstream companies, we picked up and tried a MOD (Motorcycle Overland Development) V2 skid plate for the F800GS/F700GS. This small company, based out of B.C. Canada, engineers and builds their own products locally and currently only markets protection products for the BMW F800GS/F700GS.
Although simple in design, the MOD skid plate is well constructed, with nice details. The mounting bolts are recessed to avoid damage to the mounting bolts and use OEM BMW mounting hardware. And, the front support bracket is a milled piece of aluminum and performs perfectly.
I mounted the well-built MOD skid plate and took it out to put it to the ultimate test, racing it on my F800GS during the Desert 100 (a 100-mile single-track desert race held in Washington State)—where only 17% of the bikes in the ADV class ever see the finish line. Not only did my F800GS roll across the finish line with the top riders, but the skid plate made it through in surprisingly good condition.
Given the full weight hits it took, I was impressed that it even resembled the original shape! With all of the important bits on the bike still in good condition, and only a minor dent in the header, all thanks to the protection of the well-built MOD skid plate, it was time to straighten out the plate for the next adventure. The plate came off with ease and with a little motivation from a large hammer looked as good as new.
The MOD skid plate drives home the point that sometimes simple is better. I like the lightweight and simple construction and will be keeping it on the bike for my next big trip. As a traveller I’ve acquired an appreciation for products that fall on the side of simplicity over complexity. Fewer moving parts often mean fewer potential fail points. Two thumbs up for this one! MSRP: $281.99 MotoOverland.com
|▲ Lightweight||▼ Boxy appearance with little flare|
|▲ Coverage includes catalytic converter||▼ Can flex into header if hit hard enough|
|▲ Can take a beating||▼ Not compatible with all crash bars|