To protect the TFT from scratches Speedo-angels provide possible solutions. note that the TFT screen is common with the KTM duke (125, 390, 790). Also avaialble on ebay.
Protecting your bike from the vagaries of driving. On and off road.
Replacement radiator guards from RadGuard in Australia. As a metallic grill as opposed to the plastic fins of the original. AUD$159, no idea about shipping cost.
The standard handguard (black on the S, black and orange on the R) are good but are not perfect:
- They are all plastic and can deform on impact, not completely protecting the levers
- They prevent rotating the levers down as they don’t go far enough on the handlebar. If you spend your days standing up this count.
- Depending on their position the various cables are ragging against them.
Third party hand guards have better protection, and attachment points leaving more space to the various cables.
Warning: Space is limited if the handlebar is moved to its most forward attachment points, it may cause the hand guard to touch the TFT at full lock; Same punition if the handlebar are tilted forward while in the center position. See this extract from the fitting manual for the Barkbuster, but this applies to all models (especially the KTM metal one, which is a Barkbuster in disguise!):
Here is a non-exhaustive list of robust hand guards with a two point metallic wraparound. Of course there are other options, leave a comment if they are worth mentioning here.
You need to order three parts:
- First the Hardware Kit, get the tapered two point mount reference BHG-152. It’s a big aluminium bar solidly bolted.
- Then a plastic part to screw on it. Lots of choice there as most of the barkbuster hand guards mount on this. The VPS ones are a nice fit, in plenty of color choices, including orange (reference VPS-003-OR)
- A 10mm spacer and assorted bold B-078 for the right side otherwise it may interfere with the brake lever.
The X-Factory is cheaper than the Barkbuster for a similar protection. This is also available in plenty of orange versions (black/orange, orange/black, white/orange and orange/white). The metallic bar is steel, very very robust. The Acerbis also require an additional 10mm spacer between the handlebar mount and the bar on the right side for a perfect fit (10mm might be too long, there is a report that filling it down a bit prevents it from hitting the TFT display at full lock, see the warning at the beginning of this article). Example of install.
HDB makes an interesting model that uses the bar clamp as support location instead of the handlebar. Some pics in this article. Another install reports that those ultimate handguard bolt nicely in place but do hit the TFT.
The standard plastic covers are quite cheap to repair if scratched (about £35 each?). They seem to sustain impact abuse pretty well, but in case of slide on tarmac probably offers very little in term of abrasion resistance.
It’s also a good idea to inspect those protections from time to time for trapped gravel, as those may scratch the tank on a fall.
KTM offers a carbon fiber replacement in the catalog (p/n 63503990044, about £306) which is default equipment in the R Rally. This part is not available yet.
In the UK Kodama composite is offering a carbon/kevlar cover to put on top of the existing plastic protection, adding the abrasion resistance (Kevlar is very resistant to abrasion, carbon by itself is not). £110. (source)
Rade/Garage makes swanky replacements for the tank protectors in carbon/kevlar. €279.
Forks crash bung (p/n 69109945000) swinging arm crash bung (p/n 61310945000), both about £34.
There is a big hole right behind the front wheel where mud and stone love to collect. There are report of riders in dry places having grass accumulating there and catching fire against the headers.
The prototype bikes and demo bikes in Morrocco were all equipped with a piece of metal to cover it.
Note that some replacement skid plates are going to cover this space, if you plan to add crash bars or third party skid plate check that you can still install those covers.
There is one on listed on the powerparts catalog (not available yet, not part number) and third party jumped in to fill the gap.
One can make their own filler with a piece of mesh from any source, as this example.
There is another model, aluminium, branded by the company terratech, also available on ebay for $56 + $10 shipping for US/EU. Includes pop rivets as mounting kit.
And another one from coober, €59. Includes pop rivet as mounting kit.
And Bumot too, from Bulgaria (no price yet)
Another one from Braaap! on adv rider. Lasercut 2mm aluminium. Including mount hardware and postage, $50 for the mill finish, $65 for a satin black finish. Contact via DM on advrider for more details or ordering.
Those protections only replace or protect the tank lobes. The original parts cost €35 to replace, and do protect well on impact, but a slide on the tarmac will get through them quickly.
Those protections have their own page.
Replacement bash plate.
Those only replace the original bash plate, and most also stop using the engine as a mounting point in the rear. Note that makes them incompatible with center stands.
An inmate at advrider, Ian Chappel, is doing a batch of very nice replacement bash plates, with no engine mounts. No web site as of yet, but a PDF doc with all the info. £287.50 (plus VAT for Europe), shipping extra.
AS3 Performance list a 4mm aluminium bash plate on their web site (£180). Not available yet however, and it’s unclear if it attaches to the engine.
Black Dog Cycle Works is going the same way, building a solid replacement part. This is still in development, no price point attached yet.
Touratech offers a reinforcement piece for the skidplate (Item # 372-5158). You install it against the back of the skidplate, so you won’t be able to see it when it’s on. This add a bit of robustness to the original plate.
Those do replace the original bash plate and have ears to protect the tank as well. Those are incompatible with all other underside protections and likely to make the installation of a center stand impossible.
The first one was a plastic model from AXP Racing. It was in development, but disappeared after a few test models. The pic in the post was published then removed from multiple places. It looks promising, as it protects the bottom and replaces the side protections, and it is all plastic, AXP Racing specialty.
SW_Motech makes a giant protection covering the whole bike bottom. All aluminium, 4mm thick. Looks robust, but bolts on the engine.
Bumot has one in development. No price or availability yet. Looks like aluminium.
The consensus seems to be that crash bars are unnecessary on this bike. The fuel tank protection are all the protection you need, they are intended to be a fuse and replaced once dinged. But this will not stop third party to make some, and some people installing them.
Touratech made a video with a lot of stuff visible on the bike (crashbars everywhere, luggage galore, headlight protection, hand guards). These are slowly starting to appear in their catalog (crash bars are €240 in your choice of color: metal/black/orange).
Hepto-Becker has crahs bar in black, orange or metallic finish.
Metal mule released crash bars that protect the tank lobes. £140.
There will be more.