well i plan to fit as much metal as possible (crash bars, sump guard, front and rear end protectors, etc.) since the bike is full of delicate and expensive plastics. maybe i am overdoing it but i prefer to be safe than sorry. also another concern with this design is that i cannot use my central stand, which i find necessary for many reasons: lubricating chain, changing tires, safe parking when i put the bike in the boat (i live on an island and this happens a lot) and so on.do you reckon that i can come up with a solution for this, like an extra pivot or something similar?
Hi Greek' - to be honest, this argument has been done to death on both the G310GS and CB500X forums in the past, but as a quick recap:
You are of course at liberty to fit anything you like to your own bike, but at Rally-Raid Products we believe superficial light-bars, tank protectors and the like are simply adding unnecessary weight and bulk - and in a number of instances have been shown to bend into the bodywork they are meant to protect, or at the very least snag on things when riding off-road...
Of course they might
help protect your bodywork in certain circumstances, but equally they might not - and regardless of whether you do have an accident or drop your bike, what you can guarantee is that you've now added a load of weight (high up) to a bike that sells itself on being lighter in weight than the other ADV bikes out there.
Consider that you don't see these kind of 'protection' bars on any off-road or rally-racing bikes, it's only the ADV crowd that seem obsessed with them - where they are effectively the 2-wheeled equivalent of those bull-bars that used to festoon Japanese 4x4s in the 1990s...
Similarly, while I'd agree a centre stand can have it's use on a primarily on-road touring motorcycle, they have no place on a bike being used off-road with any regularity, which is why it was not a consideration when developing the Rally-Raid engine guards for both the CB500X and the G310GS - the GS in particular already compromises it's ground clearance with the side-stand pivot location, hanging even more metal under the bike for 100% of the time is not going to do it any favours...
Fortunately there are already a number of well-proven options if you need to lift the wheel/s of your bike for maintenance or tyre changing - if you're not familiar, take a look at the Endurostar Trailstand or BikeMaster Lift-stick which are not only lightweight and can be stowed easily in your luggage, but can also be used on any number of different bikes too of course.
Forgive me if you feel these responses are not what you [think you'd] like to hear, but the Rally-Raid designs and specifications for under-engine protection are based on many years' off-road riding and racing experience, and we feel those principles translate just as well to more general trail and adventure riding too.
I trust you can appreciate that the priorities for genuine all-terrain riding means there are a number of key differences when compared to traditional on-road riding and touring, and we've taken the decision to design products that satisfy those demands more appropriately.
Ultimately we would not want to compromise on our own designs to try and allow for every possible permutation, and consider that there are other products on the market that may be more appropriate for certain owners and riders, while we concentrate on offer the best possible solution for those who want maximum protection with minimal additional weight.
Food for thought I hope!