Maybe down the road for the stainless. We will see how this goes first.
Good on you, for immediately not trying to market it as a bash plate, at least.
Motech's marketing bores me:
"Congratulations for buying a Kawasaki Versys! Greatest multi-purpose motorcycle EVARRR! Capable of almost everything! You're the bestest motorcyclist ever, and we're the greatest part developer ever! The perfect team! With our help, you'll conquer ze world!
Just for you, we've developed special parts!
But... you ..can't... really... use it.... GIVE US YOUR MONEY NOW!"
Even in aluminum, if you develop better mounting points - I'd be reasonably happy. I've been bottoming out once or twice a week just on curbs and a certain wicked speed bump. Need something that'll deflect a glancing blow, at least. Take the impact away from the engine/oil pan/exhaust, even if it's sacrificial.
There's some fine alloys out there. I'm just concerned with cracks just outside the weld bead, and lateral impacts to butt-welds.
Not very worried about gravel pitting, personally. It's cheaper and easier just to buy headers from someone that's swapped for an Arrow system, at this point. It's that oil pan...
Granted, this is easier/cheaper:
But, I'd rather have this:
Wishful thinking, until I find time to have it made myself. Screw SWMotech.
Of course... if you build it first....