Just like on the DL650, Suzuki have left the bottom of the engine exposed, especially the oil filter and exhaust header pipe. While not as bad as the 650, the new 1000 is still too exposed. They do offer OEM Suzuki accessory bash plates/lower cowls, but they are not standard on the basic model bike, only part of their “accessory packs” or “adventure” models.
Fortunately there are many aftermarket companies making bash plates, and Givi have released a great one for the 1000!
This is a “lighter” alloy bash plate compared to some other aftermarket ones, but it is tougher than it looks. It also mounts directly to the engine mounting points with supplied brackets, no modifications were required to install. This plate does not require crash bars to be installed onto the bike, it will fit without them, something that other brands make a requirement.
The RP3105 plate not only provides protection to the oil filter, header pipe and engine, but also looks really nice and tough. Not sure if Givi intended it, but it does appear to be modeled off the bash plate that was fitted to the DRBIG range of bikes, and Suzuki has made no secret that it was these bikes that was the design basis for the new 1000.
With the RP3105 plate, there are 4 supplied metal brackets, that bolt directly onto the engine cases. OEM bolts are re-used. Once these brackets are on the bike, the Givi RP3105 plate mounts onto these brackets, using Givi supplied Stainless countersunk bolts. These are rubber mounted to reduce vibration.
Once these brackets are installed (less than 10 mins to do) the bash plate mounts directly to the brackets. Easy as, and at most a 20 minute install.
Much better once installed. It is good to know that the bike will have more protection, especially important when taking the bike off-road. Plus it gives a nice finishing touch to the bike. Givi have hit the mark again with this plate!
Finishes the bikes off really nicely, gives them a great adventure look.