I am planning a ride south of the border and the big topes down in Mexico and beyond have me a little worried. I am wondering if anyone has tried to fit a previous Gold Wing belly pan to a 2018 Gold Wing.
Do you think bottoming out on the Gold Wing on a large speed bump won't hurt anything? My thought was to try and mount one of the existing belly pans because a lot of the frame is the same from the previous Gold Wings. The motor is different and the filter is tucked up out of the way so maybe it would be fine.Main thing to protect on previous model was oil filter and then the coolant recovery tank. The new model's oil filter is recessed and a coolant recovery tank failure is not a ride stopper.
If you bottom out hard enough on a large curb or speed bump, I can see it would be possible to damage the shift motor reduction gear case an the TR and Shift Spindle angle sensors at the front of the engine. At the left rear of the engine, the clutch line engine oil pressure sensor has a thin metal plate that protects it. IMO, if you bottom out and hit something hard in this area, that metal plate is going to be pushed right into the sensor.Do you think bottoming out on the Gold Wing on a large speed bump won't hurt anything?
There are a couple 2018 Goldwings that had pretty good size holes in their engine cases. I saw a thread on Goldwing Docs about it.Of course bottoming out on a curb or speed bump is NOT OK! "Best defense is no be there". Relatively thin sheet metal is not going to save you from big trauma.
The engine case may be more vulnerable than before. It seems to be thinner by looking at a pic posted on this forum a few months ago. Still, a thin sheet metal pan will not be a reliable help for that.