Bottom to top are my OEM bash plate, one I added additional aluminum to, and a Ricochet skidplate coutesy of r80rt. Ain't evolution wonderful?
I have successively upgraded but I still argue that Yamaha did a good job with stock unit. Rubber mount and flexibility spread impact loads over many milliseconds dissipating impact energy very well. Rigid mount of ricochet transmits impact directly into motor mount and frame. I kicked Adam's and mine Sunday with identical force and the ricochet equipped bike shook much, much more. So do not feel unprotected with OEM unit.If anyone would like either oem units they are free to a good home for cost of shipping, complete with scratches, dings and dents
Last edited by Fred; 10-30-2014 at 04:17 PM.
Last edited by TW-Brian; 10-30-2014 at 06:09 PM. Reason: Fixed typo.
I've often wondered if the stock plate allows more cooling air to the bottom side of the engine compared to the Ricochet.
2013 Yamaha TW200
1996 Yamaha TW200
1995 Kawasaki KLR650
2002 Yamaha RoadStar 1600 with sidecar
Fred, I know you don't like thread stealers BUT has anyone found a good way to quiet down the Ricochet reflected engine noise ?
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2014 TW, DMO pegs, Yamaha rack, Doubletake mirrors, Jimbo shield, extended pilot screw, Snapback clock, Ebay risers, Seat Concepts, o-ring chain, Ricochet skidplate, brake leash, IMS folding shift lever, ProCycle tool tube, 130 main jet and two shims, route sheet holder, compass, temp/humidity
Wow, spot on points for discussion, not hijacking.
I bet stock unit flows more air and allows better heat dissipation from engine even though Ricochet is a big heat sink conductively linked to the frame and engine. With its own surface area to help radiate away heat the Ricochet might make up for the engine having lost air-flow. Too bad I didn't use my infrared thermometer for before and after numbers.
I contemplated plasti-dip or some rubbery sound absorbing coating but worried it might hinder clean-up of mud, gas and oil.
Ear plugs remain a hopefully un-needed but viable option, still need to test-drive to see if noticably obnoxious.
What I am anxious to experience is the parting of the waves on creek crossings that the Ricochet seems to give.
All I know is that Adam and evan with theirs create nice bow waves and emerge with drier boots than I can ever achieve with my old oem cat food can.
P.S. Superman Blue was attempt to introduce more of Betty Boops' accent blue color to soften flourescent orange while masking Rube Goldberg fabrication. It also made a nice chalkboard to record the marks of a ride's scrapes and bruises. "Oh, that scraping noise was a rock hitting here?"
Last edited by Fred; 10-30-2014 at 07:45 PM.
Hi Fred. Would love to take you up on the offer of a skid plate if one is still available. My 1990 that I just got is naked without one. Let me kn ow.
Newman and Mel have requested the left-overs. Offer expired so the Smithsonian will just have to wait for my next cast-off.