Some things became obvious the moment our KTM 790R Adventure got delivered. This bike needs serious protection to match its off-road capabilities. 

Hence the shock when we first put our hands on the OEM “skid plate” which resembles the strength of a tuna can and still partially engine mounted. Yikes! 

Anyhow, we began brainstorming, looking at mounting points for our skid plate and the conclusion was that we needed to create an unusual structure to support the skid plate. This led to a tank/engine guard idea made up of 22mm diameter tubing that would connect two points of the 790R’s frame, thus providing a strong foundation for our skid plate. Away from the engine. 

In order to give you a better idea of what I’m describing here, I created a video explaining the crash bars and skid plate development project in depth. Video link is below and below the video link, there are a few high resolution photos showcasing both protection combos. 

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