Yes, the ground clearance is reduced a bit, but in my opinion that is a small price to pay for additional sump protection, even if you do not ride on dirt roads. You may simply misjudge the height of a curb and get in trouble. After our big trips I allways had to hammer the bash plate back to its original shape, and replace the torn rear rubber carriers, but the sump remained undamaged.
And I took my R to places it really should not have gone to.
That old bash plate is now on the new R, just waiting to be abused again ;-)
That was the exact one I was REALLY excited about getting and subsequently announced on this forum as one of my future protective upgrades.I see that AltRider now makes a skid protector for the R1200R. Kinda expensive at $395.00.
After returning from Alaska, I took off the GS plate and put back on the little custom http://www.r1200rforum.com/forum/bmw-r1200r-maintenance-do-yourself-12/oil-filter-guard-plate-18945/Cool. Just found a used one with mounting hardware on eBay for $32.00!