It’s a simple, cost effective method of production that allows designs to be taken from idea to end product quickly and financially efficiently. The downside it that it’s neither as strong or as pretty as it could be. Ducati proved that when they opted to not have Touratech make their Multistrada Enduro sump guard despite the German brand producing all the other crash protection and luggage.
It’s seems the industry giant has responded by developing new a new line of sump guards that are made using a Deep Draw process. It’s strong, less likely to snag on things and most importantly it’s better looking. Consider us impressed, especially with that lovely black version.
The new design appears to be available in two versions, the Rallye and the more coverage and protection Extreme version. The Africa Twin version costs £330 and will be available for more models in the coming months.
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Field-Tested in the Harshest Conditions: New Touratech Skid Plates
Products that cope with tough racing and off-road conditions are certainly fit for everyday use. This is the reason why Touratech tends to test new products in rally and enduro events before putting them on the market.
Good examples for field-tested accessories are the new “Rallye” and “Rally Extreme” skid plates which combine modern production techniques with a unique design for the best possible protection of the entire engine area. In the toughest test conditions, the “Rally Extreme” version demonstrated its qualities on the Touratech Africa Twin RR, the winning bike in the 2016 Hellas Rallye in Greece.
The unique design of the 4 mm thick aluminium part guarantees effective protection and high stability and gives the bike a sporty, modern look. Thanks to a new deep-draw manufacturing process, there are no disturbing welds, which are often considered to be a vulnerable point. The recesses on the underside provide the shock absorbing and lightweight aluminium with a robust stiffness. And as well as that, the two parallel recesses allow the bike to almost glide over obstacles. This way, the energy of the impact is effectively dissipated, preventing jamming or snagging.
The “Rallye” skid plate is available in anodized black and bare aluminum finishes for the Honda Africa Twin CRF 1000L and soon also for the BMW R 1200 GS (LC) / Adventure (LC) and the KTM models 1050 Adventure, 1190 Adventure / R und 1290 Super Adventure.
For the Africa Twin Touratech has two sizes; the standard size also works with DCT or standard bikes with crash bars installed while the larger Extreme version for manual transmission bikes has increased coverage area eliminating the need for lower crash bars. It is designed to withstand really tough use with the lowest possible weight.