There are multiple type of protections available for the bottom and side of your 790 Adventure. The original setup is a relatively thin aluminium bash plate, with two plastic ears to protect the bottom of the fuel tank.
There are tons of options to upgrade the protection, especially for off-road.
- First you can add a piece of metal or plastic to close the big gap under the radiator. This helps prevent projections from the front wheel to land in the bash plate. These have been nicknamed “crapflap” and there is a whole page dedicated to them.
- You can upgrade or supplement the plastic protections for the tank lobes. The original parts are sacrificial, cost €35 to replace, and do protect well on impact; But a slide on the tarmac will get through them. There is also another full page dedicated to them.
- You can replace or reinforce the original bash plate. There are numerous offering that are a direct replacement of the original in aluminium or carbon. Some do cover the crapflap hole, some don’t. Some mount on the original mounting points on the engine, some avoid them using a bracket to use the center stand mounts instead. You will find them all below.
- Then you have the complete bottom cases, replacing both the bash plate and the plastic sides with one big piece of metal or plastic. Those are further down this page.
- And finally, you have classic crash bars.
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, attaching to the center stand mounts. No web site, but a PDF doc with all the info. £200 (plus VAT for Europe), shipping extra. See also a report of a satisfied user. Also covers the crap flap zone.
This bash plate is now fabricated in NewZealand under licence, only for NZ market, to minimize freight cost. 500 NZD.
AS3 Performance plate
AS3 Performance list a 4mm aluminium bash plate on their web site (£180). Attaches to the same points as the original part. Note that it doesn’t covers the crap flap area. Watch this detailed install video about it.
Black Dog Cycle Works is building a solid replacement aluminium part in a range of finishes. $350. Covers everything, doesn’t attach to the engine but to the centerstand mounts.
Rade/Garage carbon plate
Rade/Garage went another way with a bottom plate in carbon/kevlar. Can attach to the same anchor points as the original plate or to a support (included) that connect to the pegs. Or both. Slick, and competitive on price for a carbon part: €370.
Not a lot of details there, but Enduro Engineering, in the US, has a bash plate on its web site. Includes the crap flap, and it bolts to a solid mount point in the rear. $220.
B&B Offroad plate
B&B off-road also has a bash plate, that can be paired with crash bars. AU$345 without, AU$935 with. Apparently not using the engine attachement point, but still compatible with center stand. Waiting to see the design.
AltRider skid plate
Another solid replacement bash plate, replaces the original and avoid mounting on the engine in the rear as well as covering the crap flap area.
Touratech reinforcement plate
Touratech takes a slightly different route and 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.
AXP Racing spend a few months developing a bottom plate. It protects the bottom and replaces the side protections, and it is all plastic, AXP Racing specialty. Mounts to the original mounting points in the front and to a pair of aluminium brackets in the back bolted to the chassis. AXP Racing doesn’t sell directly, but through distributors, price may vary. Rotweiler Performance list it at $277.
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. €275. aluminium.
ACD is also offering a big case covering all the bike’s bottom. Available for €230 or £205 in the European store, but not listed yet on the US store.
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. But do check where the crash bars are anchoring to.
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 crash bar in black, orange or metallic finish (Those have been reported to have to be removed for an oil change as they are in the way).
Metal mule released crash bars that protect the tank lobes. £140.
There will be more.