I had to remove my Ducati Performance metal skid plate to do my oil change, and it was pretty filthy! Once I got it off and cleaned it I noticed that it really does taking a beating. There wasn't any major damage to it, but it was pretty well sandblasted and had a few impressive nicks. I was kind of thinking about leaving it off since it's hard to keep clean and it's a bit of a hassle to remove to do an oil service, but after seeing how much stuff must be hitting it instead of the motor I think I'll keep it. They're pretty cheap and if you've got a Hyper you might want to consider one.