Riding off-road without a skid plate is risky business: a hole in your engine case means game over, and it will be very costly to repair. I haven't bothered to get one so far because I haven't done any real off-roading and have spent my money on other farkles. But having agreed to go on a trail ride with BMA club members, I figured I needed some kind of engine protection -- and quick.
This will get me by for a few weeks, until I order a proper skid plate. Sure, it's ghetto. But on today's Calabogie hyro line trail ride, its value was proven.