So, in my opinion (highly subjective) there's 2 kinds of riders. One is more concerned with fashion than function and vice versa for the other. Now if you own BMW F800GS/650GS and you bought the damn thing for what it's good for then after you swap out the stock tires you're gonna need some protection and extended functionality. Dave at Motooverland had his priorities straight when he created his product line of skid plates and top racks. FUNCTION FIRST!! Being a lunatic rider myself, I've had the privilege of being a test monkey and have more than put the product through its paces. I've got the scrapes and dings to prove it. So, if you're not a poseur, get an MOD skid plate and get out there and scrape it up!