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After writing Greg Hageman, bike fabricator and doer of really cool stuff down in Tampa, FL about his custom Bolt 950, I ended up buying a skidplate like the one used on his white/red Bolt scrambler.

It came UPS today and only took about 30 minutes to install, including buffing the finish with a green pot scrubbing pad to get that "brushed" look.
Here's what it looks like.
 

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Darn, that actually looks really nice. I like the finish that you gave it, I think it would have looked awkward if you left it the way it was. But it really matches up to the other "brushed" looking pieces.
 

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Darn, that actually looks really nice. I like the finish that you gave it, I think it would have looked awkward if you left it the way it was. But it really matches up to the other "brushed" looking pieces.
Yea, it looked like it was simply hit with a coarse Scotch-bright disk (red?) to knock down the burrs from the drilling of the holes. It's left rough that way so the customer can easily paint or finish it as desired.
I wanted something easy to maintain. If it gets dull or gunky, I can buff it again in a minute or two while washing the bike.
 

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Nice. Eventually I personally would get bored and start painting it, along with the two other "brushed" pieces black, then white, then red, and just keep switching it up lol
 

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Was the skidplate a perfect fit with no adjustments needed?
Yes. 100% bolt on.
There are four plastic coated P-clamps that secure the plate to the frame. The right side, rear most one just barely fits behind the frame cross member, between it and the foot peg mount.
The other side was a bit easier fitting.
I've ordered Ti replacement bolts for mine for a few reasons.
The hex-head button bolts that come with the kit will likely get rounded out the second or third time I change the oil. They're stainless for corrosion resistance, but not the hardest bolts in the world. The titanium ones have a regular 13mm bolt head - much simpler to turn without rounding off and they won't corrode, either.
 

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Thanks for the pictures man! The scr950 doesn't have the best ground clearance or rear suspension so a skid plate would pay for itself after an unplanned bump or two.
 

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I left out a nice detail of this skidplate offering:
It comes with some narrow, adhesive-backed foam to place along the edges that come into contact with the frame.
 

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I left out a nice detail of this skidplate offering:
It comes with some narrow, adhesive-backed foam to place along the edges that come into contact with the frame.
Now that's a great touch. Love it when people actually think about these things :grin2: Real quality.
 

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well thought out you don't see that too often when it comes to product releases on forums, usually it's the product and then refinements get discovered along the way. definitely not your first time doing this sort of thing.
 

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well thought out you don't see that too often when it comes to product releases on forums, usually it's the product and then refinements get discovered along the way. definitely not your first time doing this sort of thing.
Mr. Hageman turns out some amazing bikes. His attention to detail, even on a part like the skidplate that's being made on a limited production basis, is a welcomed thing. =)
 

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Too bad the ground clearance isn't better. Someone was dragging theirs recently and the other side of the SCR950 only has five sides now.

 

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I really like that one better then my Yamaha plate. I like the holes better then the slots that OEM Yamaha uses. Looks like the mounting is very similar. Yamaha OEM also uses 4 pre-attached rubber pads where the plate touches the frame. It also includes tape where the rubber coated brackets clamp around the frame. Still like the "holes" better............
 

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Aside from the holes, Greg Hageman's skid plate looks cleaner because he didn't bend in the edges like the OEM one, which I think Yamaha didn't really need to do in the first place. Perhaps he'll be willing to ship you one if you really want it.
 

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Aside from the holes, Greg Hageman's skid plate looks cleaner because he didn't bend in the edges like the OEM one, which I think Yamaha didn't really need to do in the first place. Perhaps he'll be willing to ship you one if you really want it.
Order one (Hageman) for a Bolt. It's a perfect fit. =)
 

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Mr. Hageman turns out some amazing bikes. His attention to detail, even on a part like the skidplate that's being made on a limited production basis, is a welcomed thing. =)
Hence why I like lower production things, too bad the higher up the product chain you go the more unattainable it gets. Most of our favorite bikes are like that after all.

Now only if Yamaha can get into offering bespoke editions of bikes like what car makers do!
 

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I have the Yamaha skid plate waiting under the Xmas tree right now, but I can't help but wonder if it wouldn't look better to modify a skid plate from a 70s Yamaha enduro and fit it to the SCR. If the cradle angle of the frame tubes is fairly similar then the only modification would be to cut a splice down its length on center and weld in a center section. I think I am going to give it a shot this winter. You can pick up a decent skid plate for around $30 so if it doesn't work out, oh well, no big deal. I just don't like the looks of the current choices because they become the focal point of the whole bike.
 
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