BDCW - ULTIMATE Skid Plate for KTM 890/790-Adventure / R / Rally & Norden 901

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BDCW - ULTIMATE Skid Plate for KTM 890/790-Adventure / R / Rally & Norden 901

FITMENT NOTES: please see details below
* Tank Guards are required for the 2023 KTM 890 R/S/Rally models and are an option on earlier models
* Skid Plate DOES NOT FIT THE 2023 Husqvarna Norden 901 Expedition version
* Tank Guards do not fit any Husqvarna Norden 901 model.


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.


New for all 2023 KTM 890 ADV Models - with the redesign of the OEM "Skid Plate" (the humungous one piece, paper thin skid plate / tank guards), we had to come up with a solution to protect the fuel tanks so we did asked the question that we always ask with new protection products - "what is the most rugged solution we can create that will hold up to the abuse we know our customers will put their bikes through"...SOLUTION: we created aluminum tank guards, made of the same 3/16" aluminum of our skid plates, that bolt DIRECTLY to the Black Dog Skid Plate. We can think of a more burly solution than that AND the set only weighs just over 6 pounds!

Note: These guards are required for all 2023 KTM 890 models (or you could opt for the original plastic guards found on the earlier model 790/890s if you prefer that solution).

Black Dog Cycle Works has once again designed an Ultimate Skid Plate for the new KTM 790 & 890 Adventure. We recognize any product is a compromise - manufacturers have to balance key features, materials selection, ease of installation, ease of removal for maintenance, development costs, production costs, related shipping costs to the consumer as well as where the product is made. Based on our 16 years of development experience, we feel we have struck an ideal balance with our new Ultimate Skid Plate for the KTM 790 Adventure/R

The approach we took with the KTM 790 & 890 ADV is to keep the bike as light as possible, while protecting the key components as well as addressing any weaknesses in the design of the bike itself. This is why we developed a direct replacement of the stock skid plate.

In an effort to make our skid plate maintenance friendly, we decided to go with a two piece design so the front upper portion can stay in place for basic oil changes and maintenance. This allows you to keep the crash bars (based on the design of the crash bars) on and still complete an oil change. The lower portion of the skid plate can be removed with five bolts, plus one from the lower portion of the tank guard to accomplish oil changes.

Also we wanted to address the weakness in the footpeg mounting design. We have seen several footpeg mounts tear from the engine block when hit from the front - this was caused by the footpeg mount rotating away from the mounting point in the engine case as thereis almost no material at the mounting point to prevent this. After taking a hard look at the overall design, we decided the best way to address this was with a VERY STOUT bracket that would tie to two footpeg mounts together at the center stand mount, thus helping prevent the footpeg mount from rotating to rip it out of the engine block.

While this design approach eliminates the ability to mount a center stand to the bike, we feel the added protection is worth it. We are making the skid plate compatible with the Trail Stand* (not included) which enables a rider to lift the front or rear of the bike off the ground for maintenance or tire repair. The Trail Stand no only weighs a fraction of what a center stand weighs (again keeping the bike light), it is also a fraction of the cost.

Another key aspect we focused on was to maximize ground clearance while still providing a "crush zone" between the skid plate and key components such as the header pipe. The 3/16" (4.76mm) 5052 Aluminum we use in our skid plate will give a bit on impact, lessening the force transmitted to the mounting points as well as being less likely to crack, unlike the harder materials used by some of our competitors.

We have also decided to break from our traditional Silver Vein Powdercoat Finish for this particular model. There was something about that color that just did look right on this bike. After much internal (and external) debate, we are offering the following colors all of which will feature an additional layer of clear powder to make the finish even more durable:

  • Black Powder Coat skid plate and tank guards
  • White Powder Coat skid plate and Black tank guards

Please see our "Nuts, Bolts and Benefits" below for more details


This skid plate fits the following models:

  • KTM 890 R/S/Rally (2021-24)
  • KTM 790 Adventure R/S/Rally (2019-2020)
  • Husqvarna Norden 901 (2022+) - NOT EXPEDITION VERSION

Our Tank Guards fits the following models:

  • KTM 890 ADV R / S / Rally (2023 - requires tank guards)
  • KTM 890 ADV R / S / Rally (2021-2022)
  • KTM 790 ADV Rally (2020)
  • KTM 790 ADV R / S (2019-2020)



Comprehensive Engine Coverage
"Sized Right" to cover keep major components safe such as the engine block, header pipes and catalytic converter.

Does NOT thread into the engine case!
Completely removes the mounting points from the engine case, which is what we are trying to protect (by the way)

Optimized Ground Clearance and Coverage
Sleek, low profile design optimizes the balance between maintaining crush zones, providing excellent ground clearance and reducing the overall profile to minimize impacts

Reinforced Footpeg Mounts!!
Our rear mounting bracket not only eliminates connecting the skid plate to the oil pan like the stock unit, it also reinforces the footpeg mounts by tying into the center stand mount, providing a tremendous amount of strength to this area and reducing the chance of engine damage.

Eliminates the need for a centerstand with the use of the Trail Stand
We have incorporated anchor points in both the front and rear of our skid plate to accommodate the Trail Stand which is MUCH lighter and MUCH less expensive than a center stand, plus you won't get hung up on off-road obstacles on your center stand because it isn't there!

EASILY installed by one person
Our two piece design makes installing and removing for maintenance a piece of cake. No need for help from a second person, so you can drink your beer in peace while working on your bike ;)

The RIGHT Material = More Protection—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.

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.

Two Piece design is maintenance friendly
By separating the front portion of the skid plate from the lower portion, it is only necessary to extract 5 mounting bolts to remove the lower portion for oil changes. The front portion (where the crash bars and tank covers mount) stays in place.

Flat Bottom is maintenance friendly
Need to lift your bike for maintenance chores and changing tires, no problem. Our design can take it.

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.

Cheap Insurance
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.



Install went well. And I really like how it’s completely flat bottom to slide over stuff easier. I could not believe how bent,dented, and banged up the stock aluminum one was when I just took it off. I already have a ding in my header on the right side where the plate dented and got the pipe. I can tell this should hold up much better just from the sound the rocks make smashing off the bottom of it!!!
Hey Kurt and Martha,
The skid plate was rock solid this past summer, on the WABDR, and will use this same bike on the AZBDR and the AZ Peace Trail in a few weeks.
Thanks again and stay safe,
Jay Wilson 
Tucson, AZ
Fits the new 890 Rally PERFECTLY - Tony Patterson - Rocky Mount, NC

I just wanted to reach out and let you know the skid plate arrived quickly and safely. Amazing work you do - a very HD and well thought out product you've developed! Fit perfect and the white looks very nice on my 890 Rally.
Thanks for all you do. Have a great day.
Bill B. - Arlington, WA
I have one of your skid plates for my KTM 790 adv. It's ridiculous how much easier it is to change the oil. Great design.

Thank You
Bill Potts - Livermore, CA
Installation video by one of our customers below - THANKS KNUCKLEHEAD ADV:

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  • 5

    Posted by Rory Mills on Sep 3rd 2021

    Just installed my BDCW ultimate skid and I have got to say, it exceeded my expectations. I thought it would be a nice piece from the reviews I read on here and the articles I had pulled up online from various sources. But again, better than I thought it would be. Very well thought out design, flawless paint job and I got it in a few days after ordering. The seam from the two plates up front is incredibly precise and perfect. I was positioning myself In a way so I could brace and push the two into alignment for a nice seam (anyone that does their own work knows what I’m talking about) while tightening the bolts. The seam was so perfect and centered that I thought I’d F’d something up! I spent more time confusingly staring at the perfectness of it than it took to tighten the bolts. The only thing at all I ran into I didn’t like was the upper bolts on the front skid plate, especially the one on the right side, comes SO close to the hoses behind it (I’m talking 1/16”) I didn’t feel comfortable leaving it like that. It was no big deal as I had some stainless steel washers laying around that I used to get a little more distance away from the hose. Overall this product is an easy 10/10. Martha answered my questions quickly and got my order out quick. I would buy again in a heartbeat and can’t wait to show the riding crew. Nice job BDCW!

  • 5
    Top Quality Protection: Looks Outstanding

    Posted by Marc on Sep 26th 2020

    Since picking up my 790 I've been looking for an upgrade to the stock "skid plate". Lets say there is no shortage of opinions to be found on the internet. I've been following Bret Tkacs for a few years now and when I saw his review on this product I ordered that night.

    The service from the team at Black Dog is second to none. The installation was straight forward. It took me maybe 45 minutes (looking for tools was half the time).
    The pate mounts nice and tight and I can be comfortable that this can handle WAY more than I will ever put it through.

  • 5
    BDCW Ultimate Skid Plate for KTM 790 ADV

    Posted by Ken Barnes on Oct 18th 2019

    I've been buying BDCW products now for a couple of years. It started with a skid plate for a BMW F800GS. I was so satisfied with that product that I started looking at other offerings . Since buying a KTM 790 ADV, I've bought all the available items from BDCW including the side stand enlarger, traction foot pegs, rear rack, and now the skid plate. The quality and fit I've come to expect is there in the skid plate. The installation was straightforward and I think it looks great. No doubt it will add considerable protection for off-road adventures. Considering only the lower section of the skid plate needs to be removed for oil changes, it should make that job easier as well. So, well done, BDCW, for another great product!

  • 5
    790 Adventure R Skid Plate

    Posted by Jason D on Oct 16th 2019

    Got my Black Dog skid plate for my 2019 790 Adventure R and got it all installed today. This skid plate is so much beefier then the stock Aluminum skid that came on the bike. I was actually pretty surprised to see how beat to crap the stock one was when I took it off to install the BDCW skid. The stock plate had many dents and was actually pretty bent and distorted out of shape from the 1700 miles of abuse I had put the bike through to this point.

    I am very happy to see that the mounting points are much more solid in the back then stock as well as a few added shock plates (hardened rubber of some sort) added between the plate and the bottom of the engine cases.

    The bottom of the BDCW plate is one solid flat surface unlike the stock one that had ribs, vents, and bolts protruding from the bottom of the plate, which in my experience made it pretty tough to drag this heavy ass bike over trees and other obstacles I could not jump with just momentum alone.

    Very happy with this purchase for sure!

    Jason D