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There seems to be a lot of interest lately regarding skidplate options for the TW. So, today as I was fitting an XT225 skidplate to one of my 225cc 6-speed bikes, I thought that I would take some pics and collect some data for the skidplates that I have on hand.

Pictured below, from left to right, are a stock TW200 skidplate, a stock XT225 skidplate, an aftermarket Ricochet TW200 skidplate, and an aftermarket TCI skidplate.

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And here is a view of their flip sides.

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The stock TW200 skidplate is made of approximately 0.032" (1/32") steel (or roughly equivalent to old dog food cans :eek: ;)). This plate mounts with just one bolt at the front and a hook at the rear.

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Next is the XT225 skidplate. This is made from approximately 0.100" (7/64") aluminum, or roughly 3 times a thick as the TW skidplate. It is also considerably larger, offering more side protection. The stock plate mounts with a single bolt at the front and two bolts at the rear. I fabricated a hook for the rear so it now mounts like the TW plate.

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Next is the Ricochet skidplate. This is made from approximately 0.180" (3/16") aluminum, or close to twice as thick as the XT225 skidplate and almost 6 times as thick as the TW's stock plate :D. This plate has very beefy mounts for both the front and rear.

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This is the TCI skidplate. It was previously made from approximately 0.180" (3/16") aluminum like the Ricochet, and steel tubing/expanded mesh for side protection. Unfortunately, it is now available only in Unobtainium :(.

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Here is what the XT225 skidplate looks like mounted on a TW.

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Hopefully, this will help those of you trying to decide which route you may want to go with your TW.

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Brian, considering you have them all for a first hand look. Which do you prefer and why. If it's not the TCI I'm looking.

Great post! Thanks.
 

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Brian, considering you have them all for a first hand look. Which do you prefer and why. If it's not the TCI I'm looking.

Great post! Thanks.
Hey Jeeper,

Great question! I'll start with the one that I like the least - no surprise here, that would be the stock skid plate. I have a small collection of 5 or 6 scratched, dented and rusted stockers that no one wants (however, I did just just gift the nicest one that I had to Ronnydog for whatever reason that he wanted a stock one).

Next, I would probably say that I like the XT225 plate that I just put on for its aesthetics, improved protection over the stocker, and its ease of installation/removal for oil changes, etc.

Next would be the Ricochet plate. I feel this represents the best bang for your buck in terms of rock solid construction and fairly bulletproof protection from direct front and bottom hits, which are what I am most likely to encounter. It is kind of a pain to remove and cleanup after oil changes because that drains hole never seems to quite line up with the drips.

I will give the TCI plate top billing because of its gnarly looks and construction, its reported protection from side hits (I can't testify to this, though), but primarily because it is becoming a rarity. It is definitely more of a pain to install and or remove, plus it greatly complicates access to both side of the engine. I am basically hanging on to it as sell/trade bait for that someone who just has to have one of these for their bike.

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Brian really, really, really knows his TW200 motorcycles.
The relative ranking seems spot on and well stated. stated.

Like that motorcycle stand, where'd you get it?
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Brian really, really, really knows his TW200 motorcycles.
The relative ranking seems spot on and well stated. stated.

Like that motorcycle stand, where'd you get it?
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Good eye, Fred!

That's the very same Kendon Big Bike Stand-up Lift that you were gracious enough to retrieve from the Reno area for me.

Thanks again, it's the absolute best way for old guys to work on their bikes!

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Hey Jeeper,

Great question! I'll start with..."lol" I am basically hanging on to it as sell/trade bait for that someone who just has to have one of these for their bike.

Brian

I have have more than one of everything, several engines, 6 speed ones included, even a brand new one never run in a crate, extended swingarms, lots of special one offs... all kinds of crap, enough parts to build several top quality tdubs... but I don't have that darn skid plate and I've been looking for one for many years. They are truly unobtanium, especially in new condition. I'm not sure I would even run it till I saw one first hand, it sure is cool looking though. Any particular thing you may be looking for and can't get? Or get in excelant condition? Don't get me wrong, I could live without it but I'm sitting on a lot of gold (parts wise) that may never get put to good use. I'd rather trade off something if iyou really needed or wanted it.
 

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I have have more than one of everything, several engines, 6 speed ones included, even a brand new one never run in a crate, extended swingarms, lots of special one offs... all kinds of crap, enough parts to build several top quality tdubs... but I don't have that darn skid plate and I've been looking for one for many years. They are truly unobtanium, especially in new condition. I'm not sure I would even run it till I saw one first hand, it sure is cool looking though. Any particular thing you may be looking for and can't get? Or get in excelant condition? Don't get me wrong, I could live without it but I'm sitting on a lot of gold (parts wise) that may never get put to good use. I'd rather trade off something if iyou really needed or wanted it.
Wow Jeeper, I sure wish we weren't on opposite sides of the country!
 

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Maybe Purple will trade JerseyJeeper the TCI skidplate off of his Mr.Bracket bike for return airfare back to Anglesey when he is done playing with us in Moab. If Purple rides off a cliff I'll salvage the TCI and trade it for a ride on that sweet Husky.
 

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Maybe Purple will trade JerseyJeeper the TCI skidplate off of his Mr.Bracket bike for return airfare back to Anglesey when he is done playing with us in Moab. If Purple rides off a cliff I'll salvage the TCI and trade it for a ride on that sweet Husky.
Actually, I believe that the awesome skidplate on the Mr. Bracket Bumblebee Bike is a one-off design by Mr Bracket himself. Which makes it even more rare than a TCI plate!
 

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Brian, I just had to tease you about your excellent Kendon motorcycle lift.
Acting as Brian's agent I picked up the Kendon from a seller, then transported it to Brian at one of JoeMama's fun but dusty Group Rides. I would recognize the Kendon anywhere after having slept next to it in my van for three days on a diversionary Sierra Butte's camp-n-ride before meeting Brian. Really a nice motorcycle lift & work stand.
 

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Acting as Brian's agent I transported it to Brian at one of JoeMama's fun but dusty Group Rides.
Was that JoeMama's "Ride From Hell - We Never Found The Lake" 11 hour ride? If I recall; when we got back to camp: SanDue Sue was looking for a two-by-four to smack JoeMama with! Fred's "easy rides" were really easy for her after that one.
 

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Was that JoeMama's "Ride From Hell - We Never Found The Lake" 11 hour ride? If I recall; when we got back to camp: SanDue Sue was looking for a two-by-four to smack JoeMama with! Fred's "easy rides" were really easy for her after that one.
Yep, that was the one :mad:!

Too bad Mike's House of Madness didn't make up some "Ride From Hell - We Never Found The Lake" ride badges to commemorate that day.

(Also, Sue wasn't the only one. . . . . . . . ;)).
 

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Snivelers is right! I had fun despite the abundant dust and lack 'o lake. Maybe it was the company. We need another NoCal ride where we round up some of the Seldom Seen like MHOMADNESS & BIKERJOSH among others
 

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I wish someone would plan another one of these fun as hell NorCal rides. It has been awhile since we have had a group ride. I however will be out of commission for awhile. Finally going to get my knee fixed. My hope is to get enough movement out of it to be able to use the right brake. Not sure if even works.
 

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Great post (s) Brian. Hope all your very in-depth posts are making it into the 'Sticky Library'. Your shop set-up sure looked familiar. That mill and lathe might be small but in your hands, with quality tooling, will shock and awh. My small bandsaw got lots of use, so much so it has since been replaced in kind. Keep up the good work. mrgizmow ============================= Geezz, seems i forgot something; If you have not discovered "Little Machine Shop" look them up. Nice folks, great one-stop shopping, valuable information, very competitive prices. They have helped me alot...
 

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Hi Gerry,

It's good to hear from you and thank you for your kind comments! I am just a beginner on the mini mill and lathe but have been impressed with their capabilities considering the small investment that it took to buy them.

I am glad to see that you are starting to rebuild your shop and look forward to seeing more creativity from the mind and hands of Mr. Gizmow!

Take care,

Brian
 
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