WHY EXPERTS LOVE IT (and Everyone Else Needs It)
BDCW ULTIMATE Skid Plates continue to be the top choice for expert riders, proving its worth in the most rigorous conditions and terrain worldwide. Think you don’t need this much protection? Think again. It’s while learning to master big bike skills, both on pavement and off-road, that carnage happens. Rocks get kicked up, bikes get dropped and hung up, curbs get in the way, and scrapes and spills are just part of the adventure. And the ULTIMATE Skid Plate is designed to take all of the abuse—and more.
In 2007 we launched Black Dog Cycle Works with the KTM 950/990 Adventure skid plate. It was with the idea that we could design and manufacture a superior product to anything that was currently on the market and that we would be able to make it right here in America. Our entire design philosophy started with this plate. First we own the bike, then we evaluate the bike and its vulnerabilities and then we form a design to provide the maximum protection we can. This plate was designed to cover more of the critically exposed lower front end of the 950/990 adventure. This added protection is vital to protect the sensitive components located at the bottom of the engine, the engine case, clutch cover and ignition cover. Also includes integrated side-stand switch protection. For added protection of your case you need to look at the BDCW side stand relocation kit.
Over the years several companies have copied our design. Don't accept imitations—only the original Black Dog skid plate offers MAXIMUM protection to your KTM! This design has enhanced side stand protection as well as thicker material in the front and rear mounting tabs, making the strongest skid plate on the market EVEN STRONGER! In addition, all skid plates include a “Shok-Blok” to help absorb those really BIG hits and to protect the mounting points.
NUTS, BOLTS AND BENEFITS
Comprehensive Engine Coverage
Larger dimensions and stouter construction means your $8,000+ engine has max protection. Plus, it fully protects the clutch, ignition cover, header pipes and catalytic converter—most other brands don’t. Many riders don’t realize a replacement header pipe alone costs $1800 (+ labor).
More Heft—3/16-inch (4.76mm) of 5052 Aluminum
You get what you pay for. And we found the optimal material to protect, perform, and last. In fact, it could outlive your bike. The grade of aluminum we selected is designed to ABSORB impacts, not transfer the force to the mounting points on the bike, which can happen with thicker or harder grades of aluminum such as 6061.
The skid plate mounts using the existing mounting locations and using the stock screws and rubber bushings.
Smooth Bottom for Clearing Obstacles
No holes to snag on rocks or branches. This plate glides on its own—right up over most obstacles without bolts, rubber sliders or rivets to catch or break
Accommodates Stock Center Stand
Eliminates the need for an extra center stand bash plate.
Quick Change Artist—ONE Minute to Remove
Remove just 4 bolts for an oil change / maintenance!
Powder AND clear coated
Looks great and takes the punishment that anodized finishes can’t.
Looks Badass on Every Bike
Not that it matters when it’s covered in mud.
Considering the costs of expensive repairs or “extractions” from the backcountry, it’s a bargain!
Made in the U.S.
No bones about it, we manufacture all of our Black Dog products right here in the U.S. It is extremely important to us. We have world class manufacturers in our own back yard and we intend to use them.
Tested and Trusted Worldwide
All of our own products are rigorously tested on our personal bikes BEFORE they’re released. Our innovative and rugged designs are used throughout the world—a fact that we’re very proud of. We make no pretense that we’re the cheapest, but, you can be sure that BDCW products are the best made, and that we stand behind them.
- KTM 950/950S Adventure (2003–2006)
- KTM 990/990R/Baja Adventure (2007–2013)
Skid plate is compatible with Hepco-Becker, KTM, Touratech and the “new-style” SW-Motech crash bars for the 950 & 990 Adventure (Part No. SBL.04.488.100). Does not work with "old-style” 950 Adventure SW-Motech crash bars.
WHAT RIDERS ARE BARKING ABOUT
Check out what satisfied BDCW customers and industry editors and experts are saying.
From the Dog Pound (satisfied Black Dog riders):
“Just wanted to say thanks for making a great product. Last month I bought a skid plate from you for my 990 because of what Nedro and many other have said. This weekend I beat the shit out of my bike at the Adventure Riders Challenge. I got Second Place in the team challenge. Rocks as big as small cars—yup I bashed em. Logs bigger around than you—yup I high entered on them. Bike kept on rolling. The 15 torn off GS skid plates didn’t get so lucky. LOL Keep up the good work.”—Paul Clanton, Santa Clara, CA
“Just wanted to say that I installed your skid plate on my 950 last night, and was very, very impressed by its fit, finish, and quality. Thank you for making such an excellent product—I wish all internet businesses held themselves to such high standards! Also, FYI, your skid plate provides the extra room (and plenty of it) required for the Facet fuel pump (it hits the stock plate)... a good solution for anyone installing the facet.”—Jeff Cavicchi, Brownfield, ME
“I received my skid plate yesterday and gave it a thorough examination. I’m a practical hands-on engineer with over 30 years in the Merchant Marines. I can fabricate and weld, so I critiqued your product upon arrival. I was quite impressed and pleased. While the price was hefty the quality is there. I (and most) will pay for a quality product made here in our country. It’s actually a piece of art. The welds are neat, clean and full length on both sides, the Shok-Blok is attached with a nylon lock nut, the Black Dog emblems are pretty and good quality, and the paint job is cool. Overall, it’s a quality sturdy piece of equipment."—Craig L. Feldmann
“The guard you produced for my KTM 990 was excellent. That bike did 53,000 miles in 18 months; tip of South America to Prudhoe Bay Alaska then to New York and home. No problems whatsoever.” John R. Wilson,
“Your 990 bash plate sure does the job. Cased the bike a couple of time last weekend and bounced off the Goler Wash steps the weekend before—you guys make great stuff."—Todd Richards
“We think highly of your gear, our bashplate, side stand relocate, etc all good shit, I know for a fact the bash plate stopped our sump getting holed in Bolivia, with the stock skid plate, it would have ended in tears.”—Andi Delis, Australia
“Thanks for the amazing skid plate and the tip about the kickstand!”—Kyle Gabriel, Boca Raton, FL
“I ordered your 950 side stand bracket last week and I installed it this evening. I just want to say that it installed without a hitch and that I am very pleased with the product. I am using a Black Dog skid plate and this bracket just completes the combo. I will be recommending this product to other 950/990 owners.”—Ken Hansen, Kelowna, BC
“Just wanted to let you know I’m very happy with the skid plate for the 990—a piece of art work to say the least-great product. The new pegs work well with my short legs-allows me to gain better position while standing up and a big plus was the right foot is able to move out on the peg from the exhaust just enough to get some much needed air that area. Keep up the good work.”—Scott Moulden, Cary, NC
MADE IN THE U.S.A.