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Riders talk about why they depend on BDCW
Dusty Wessels of RawHyde Adventures instructor and tour guide, and Dusty Roads Moto Ventures talks about the BDCW upgrades he’s made to his 2013 R1200GS Adventure. Watch Youtube here.
“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.
“So, three cheers for you guys and keep up the good work. Please do not cut quality or product outcome to increase your market share or bottom line. Continue to build everything as if you were in your garage building it for your own bike. We will pay for you to put out the best product you can. If you can do that and continue your personalized quality customer service.... ‘If you build it we will come.’”
—Craig L. Feldmann, 2006 950 Adventure
“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. Here’s a little snippet of our last trip.”
“With every day being a 500+ mile off road day, Dakar training and riding takes its toll on you and your body. Having Black Dog Cycle Works develop foot pegs for our Honda race bike is a godsend. The stock pegs hurt after a few hours, and affect your riding after days on the pegs. These BDCW pegs let me stand for the entire day, day after day. They’re huge, and indestructible, but more importantly, they’re no heavier than the stock pegs. Thanks Guys!”
—Kevin Muggleton, Dakar Racer, owner of Redverz Gear
“Me and two buddies traveled the Utah Backcountry Discovery Route (BDR) in the fall of 2013. We all rode BMW R1200GS/GSA bikes. Each of us was equipped with the Black Dog skid plates. I can state for an absolute fact that there would have been no way we would have returned from this trip with conventional skid plates. Our skid plates held up to numerous encounters with rocks and boulders. Too many times to count I bounced off rocks on the center skid plate. The only casualty was I lost some mounting hardware for the center stand guard. Thank you for building such a robust product. It is definitely of high-quality and worth the price.”
“Black Dog is always my first stop. I was hoping to see that skid plate come available (for the KTM 1190). When Kurt posted it at ADV today, I jumped! I'm sure I'll be buying parts as fast as you can dream ’em up and crack ’em out.”
—A. Dale McLean, www.HouseofRage.com
“I’m very impressed by both the design and finish of these pegs, and am looking forward to standing on them. I’ve got CJ’s peg extensions on my SE and Duke. Nice kit, no doubt, but this is the next step.”
—Bob Stallard, CA
“Hi and thank you!! You guys are knocking it out of the park—old fashioned Customer Service. Awesome. Thanks!”
“Thanks for the update on the installation instructions for the side stand relocation kit for the KTM Adventure. I purchased one of these kits from you about a month before the KTM rider rally in Steamboat Springs. Turns out when I installed my kit I had already decided to reverse the direction of the M10x180M bolt you describe in the update. When I did this I looked carefully and decided the bolt should go in from the clutch side to reduce the chance of interference with the side stand itself. I double-checked it today to be sure. Certainly the bolt is stronger in this direction as you described. Good to have follow up on products, you guys are great.
“I still love the large pegs and the KTM dealer in Santa Fe is still having skid plate envy... ha-ha!!”
—Juan R Baldonado, Sr., Los Alamos, New Mexico
“I had the opportunity to try out the Enduristan Tornado Dry Bag (size XL) in August, 2013, while guiding the Continental Divide Ride for RawHyde Adventures. Shortly before the trip, my big box store dry bag failed me miserably on a three-day ride in Mexico. I ended up with a bag full of soaked clothing and a cold, soggy ride. With no time to shop around, I borrowed a friend’s Tornado Dry Bag and set off from Southern California for 14 days and 3,300 miles of riding. A couple days into the journey, we encountered an EPIC Montana thunderstorm, complete with pouring rain and hail. When I reached our camp that night, everything in the Enduristan Tornado Dry Bag was perfectly dry and clean. Throughout the remainder of our trip, the bag never failed to impress and exceeded all expectations. Everything remained dry and dust free! The Enduristan Tornado Dry Bag is a great piece of travel gear.”
—John Kirkpatrick (Instructor/Guide RawHyde Adventures)
“I wanted to forward a few photos of the BDCW skid plate (for the R1200GS LC). Took about 20 minutes to completely install it. Easy Peasy. Take a look at the size of the stock PLASTIC skid plate compared to the BDCW.
- It covered the catalytic converter
- Two bolts and it's off
- Easy to get ahold of a human at BDCW, and
- American made... I like when our guys are getting the work, not built and assembled in China.”
—Mark Holloway (ADVRider post)
“All mounted up and good to go. Love your stuff! Haven’t been able to break your bash plate yet. And I have tried!”
BDCW’s NEW lowered footpegs for the R1200GSA (1/2” of extra leg room!).
“Rode the bike to work this morning on the dirt roads in the rain. They are NICE. Lots of grip, and no more fumbling around to find the peg with my arch while catching the brake at the same time. The added surface area gives you more options for foot placement too. I don’t notice much difference while standing, but they do feel better on the knees. Great product-worth the wait. This is my third purchase from you guys. Skid plate and center stand protector are the best out there—by far. These pegs are the same quality in my book.”
While riding the Rubicon Trail near Lake Tahoe, Radek Burkat and friends experienced a skid plate failuare resulting in catastrophic damage to a KTM990 motor casing. Here are photos to illustrate what happened.
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“I appreciate all the great customer service. The products are bombproof also! You know they have to be if I am going to try and follow Bret around! Thanks again for everything.”
—Paul Solomonson, Instructor (Puget Sound Safety)
“Have to let you know how much I like your product. I just came back from Max BMW GS Rally. Great around Hunter mountain course. Last year it stripped the stock skid plate. This year I just bashed my way through the ride without any damage, just a big grin.”
“Just want to let you know I am very happy with the products I bought for my new R1200 GS—the bash plate is excellent. My 3,000 kilometre trip in Queensland was all good. Nothing like being in the middle of nowhere in Australia. Attached is a photo of my bike on my recent ride in Outback Queensland.”
Don Havre makes his case for BDCW’s ULTIMATE armor on his GSes.
Don, of Kennewick, WA, was one of the first of our loyal customers to start hounding us about a skid plate for the new liquid cooled GS. Given Don’s previous experience of tearing off numerous skid plates from other manufacturers on his low-framed oil-cooled GS, and how well our skid plate held up on that bike, Don knew only the Black Dog skid plate would stand up to the abuse he puts his bike through. Especially with the lower frame, the bike tends to hit a lot more often than the bikes with the standard suspension. Don contacted us about a trip he was planning that included parts of the Utah and Colorado BDRs, and was very concerned about making the trip with his stock “skid plate.” Since he is about to leave within a few days, and as our production parts were not quite ready for prime time, we set him up with prototypes. He also picked up a Heidenau K60 front tire from us for his journey.
“Love the BDCW products, use the bash plates on both the KTM and the Beemer!”
“Got yourself the new BMW R1200GS LC? Take a look at this photo and see what we use to protect our bike. The BDCW ‘Ultimate Skid Plate,’ which earned its legendary status with the outgoing GS and GSA is just as tough for the new Water-Boxer. It’s been tested on Colorado’s toughest GS trails and here in AZ....’nuff said. The Hepco-Becker crash bars, available from BDCW, are working great too as indicated by the scuff marks. We are extremely pleased with the protection combo. Thank you BDCW.”—GS Riders of GO AZ BMW (from FB posting)
“Hey guys just reporting back on some excellent customer service which deserves praise. I bought a set of LED Hyperlites from Black Dog Cycle Works nearly a year ago and noticed recently that one module has gone down. I’m overseas in the U.K. and had a bit of trouble getting hold of Hyperlites initially. One email to Kurt at Black Dog and within an hour I heard back from him to say he had made contact with them on my behalf and they would be sending out a warrany replacement. It’s now on it's way to me thanks to Joyce at Hyperlites. It's great when suppliers respond to their customers like this. Thanks you both!”
—Zeropoint via ADVRider (2011 990 Adventure)
“My black dog (Macy) sure likes the new skid plate for my 990. It fit perfect. A nice piece of craftsmanship. Thanks.”
“Awesome skid plates! I just wanted to drop a quick note, I ordered a BDCW skid plate for a BMW F700GS not too long ago and it arrived super-fast—I had it installed in no time. That same day, I was making my way through the concrete jungle and introduced myself to a curb, which ended up being a bit of a ledge, slamming right into the new skid plate. It was so loud and forceful that I was sure the new skid plate and everything it protects were damaged. But, after a thorough inspection EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT! No damage. I couldn't believe it, and was just utterly impressed!
“But, here is where the story gets frustratingly interesting! A week or so later, after riding from El Paso to Los Angeles, I found MY bike... the new liquid cooled R1200GS in a LOW... of course I had to have it! Ha-ha! Anyway, moral of the story is that even though I just purchased the skid plate for the F700, I will soon be—without a doubt—ordering the skid plate for the 1200GS LC as soon as I am able.
“Your products and just great, simple, and reliable products. Thanks, and keep up the awesome work!”
“Parcel arrived today here in New Zealand. Great service yet again. I’ve fitted your KTM oversize footpegs and they look great. Really handy having the locator pin as part of the kit, it made installation easy, 15 minutes to fit both. Can’t wait to get out at the weekend and try them out (they look big enough to land a helicopter on!).”
“Everything is installed on my bike from BMW of Utah (Sandy, Utah). You have no idea how happy I am about my purchase! I’m at work and still freaking out! I pointed it down my street last ‘night’ and the beam went so much further than I expected it to go by hundreds of feet, literally! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! There isn’t a video online that really shows the light strength that the lights really put out! I was hoping the light was going to be impressive, and I was surprisingly shocked how my expectations were exceeded!”
—Tom S. Proctor
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“Your footpegs are awesome. Your pics on the website don't do them justice. Attached a pic that should be included.”
“After the New River Canyon ride I knew I needed to do some maintenance on my BDCW skid plate. The two mounts at the front of the motor were bent and I had spares so I figured lets swap them out. Jason was installing a new BDCW skid plate for a buddy so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to compare a new one with a slightly ‘abused’ one.
“The thing that really stuck out to Jason and I was that as beat up and ugly looking my ‘abused’ skid plate was, it still was working exactly as it was designed to. That’s the beauty (in the eye of the beholder, remember?) of this skid plate. It's taken its share of dings and wallops from rocks, boulders, etc., but, it keeps on ticking! The pictures really show you how it is still structurally sound. You can see that the two front mounts did exactly what they are supposed to do... collapse under great force so they spread the impact.
“The replacement of these front mounts is easy. I recommend that you keep spares on hand just in case you encounter a big boulder. My BDCW skid plate is approximately 15 months old and it’s been abused. It’s the single-most important piece of protection I have on my GSA (BMW R1200GS Adventure). Without it, my GSA would probably still be stuck on Dugas Road, with it I have taken on some of the hardest trails a GSA can tackle.”
—Mick Williamson, AZ (GS Riders of GO AZ BMW)
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What happens when a stock skid
plate fails on a BMW R1200GS Adventure (Moab, UT).
|This video was shot by Mick Williamson of Phoenix, AZ, several months before the discussion above. He and a group of other R1200GS Adventure riders were taking the expert route of Lockhart Basin to Moab, UT for the GS Trophy Challenge, hoping to ride the trails all weekend. Due to the poor performance of a stock skid plate, one of the riders cracked his engine block. After limping into the event, and upon the recommendation of his riding buddies, he sought out Kurt Forgét of BDCW for their R1200GS skid plate. He told Kurt, “I need to go get my engine block welded and then I’ll be back to get one.” (Never something you want to hear from a fellow rider!) Luckily, he found a talented welder in the area who was up for the challenge. With the repair done, and protection of the Black Dog CW skid plate, he rode the trails in Moab with confidence. Another satisfied BDCW customer, for sure—unfortunately, he had to learn the hard way.