Before the recent trip, I knew that some offroad and gravel roads would be involved. I had already put a small ding in the crosspipe and wanted to protect it a little better as well since it seems to invite rocks sitting right behind the front wheel. In doing research I came across Ernie Bell who was well recommended by the ADVrider community. That is a pretty heavy endorsement. He also seems like a small guy with a good product, and I like to support that kind of entrepreneur. Touratech and BMW have good options as well, but they were much more spendy. Ernie himself spoke to me by phone and answered the emails. I added his centerstand cover and placed the order.In days I had the kit and it installed flawlessly. It is well made and the bash plate is of course much larger than the stock item. The center stand plate installes with simple clamps and counter-sunk screws. In 2400 miles of break-in, they performed well. The bash plate allows generous airflow while adding protection. It got some use in two offroad stints during the trip. Being raw aluminum, it is now scratched up pretty well from the trip. This tells you how much it is needed both onroad and off.