One of the best "first mods" to this bike is a new skid plate. The factory lower engine protection that came on the bike is pretty much worthless, so a high quality skid plate is a must if you intend on doing any off-roading with the bike. Without it, you can expect rocks, gravel, and tree roots to be bouncing off the bottom of the frame and engine. I even put a skid plate on my WR250X street bike because it helps keep the bottom of the frame and engine clean and free of road debris.
So, over the weekend I got the Flatland Racing WR250R skid plate installed. This thing is a is a work of art. Fit and finish is first rate and the welds are beautiful. The plate itself is made of rugged 3/16" tig welded aluminum, and features a built-in clean out slot and an oversized oil drain hole, which makes draining your engine oil a breeze.
Of all the skid plates on the market, I think this one offers the most engine protection since it seems to wrap around the sides of the engine more than the others do. I also like the holes drilled in the front of the plate, which might actually help get more airflow to the engine... plus it looks pretty cool.
Installation is an easy bolt on procedure (all mounting hardware is included). All you do is remove the cheap white plastic covers that come on the bike, and use the 4 screws/washers that come with the new Skid Plate to attach it to the lower part of the frame. I'd probably recommend some blue Loctite to keep things tight, and be careful not to overtighten the small screws.
Where To Buy:
• Flatland Racing Skid Plate: SoloRacer.com