BDCW - ULTIMATE Skid Plate for the BMW R1250GS/GSA

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BDCW - ULTIMATE Skid Plate for the BMW R1250GS/GSA

The ULTIMATE Skid Plates for the BMW GS/GSA-LC

We now offer TWO versions of our ULTIMATE skid plates to fit the new BMW R1250GS/GSA models.

Fitment A: Designed to fit with the GSA and BMW OEM, Wunderlich and SWMotec engine guards. We were able to streamline the design of the skid plate, pick up an extra 1/4-inch of ground clearance as well as improve the approach angle of the skid plate as compared to our GSLC skid plate for the R1200GS version. This version will NOT work with other aftermarket engine bar designed for the R1250GS we have seen on the market so far.

Fitment B: Same designs as our R1200 GSLC skid plate which will work with aftermarket engine guards for the BMW R1250GS models including Touratech, Puig, Altrider as well as others. 

Please note: We will update these fitment lists once more aftermarket crash bars are released. If you have questions please email us. 

Why Experts Love Them (and Everyone Else Needs Them)

BDCW’s 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 or hung up, curbs get in the way, and scrapes and spills are just part of the learning curve. And our ULTIMATE Skid Plate is designed to take all of that abuse—and more!


Our rugged design for the GSLC has proven itself time and time again since its introduction in 2013. Riders that are hard on their bikes have confidence that our designs will get them home without damage and without a call for help.

With the exhaust changes on the 1250 model (as compared to the 1200 GSLC), we're able to streamline the design of the skid plate, improve the ground clearance as well as improve the approach angle at the front of the skid plate.

Another important design requirement is that it must be easily removable for maintenance. Just 4 identical bolts, one tool.


Comprehensive Engine Coverage
Larger dimensions mean your expensive engine has maximum protection. Plus, it fully protects the clutch, ignition cover, header pipes and catalytic converter—most other brands don’t. Other designs leave these completely exposed which can lead to a very expensive repair (the header pipes alone are $1,700 + labor).

Frame Mounted
Attaches to the frame at the rear of the plate. Saves your engine case from potential damage.

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 may very well 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 off.

Accommodates Stock Center Stand
Eliminates the need for an extra center stand bash plate.

Unique “Shok-Blok” Protection
Rubber bumpers act as additional shock absorbers against frontal impacts while an additional “Shok-Blok” braces the front mount against the bottom of the engine block, providing extra insurance from damage.

Quick Change Artist
Removes with just 4 bolts for an oil change! No disassembly required.Saves on service costs at the dealership too!

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 outback, 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.


This skid plate fits the following models:


  • BMW R1250GS-LC  (2019+) with BMW OEM, SWMotech, Givi and Wunderlich engine bars
  • BMW R1250GSA-LC (2019+) with stock BMW and Wunderlich engine bars


  • BMW R1250GS-LC  (2019+) with other AFTERMARKET engine bars not listed above
  • BMW R1250GSA-LC (2019+) with other AFTERMARKET engine bars not listed above


21-inch Front Wheel: As this conversion has become more popular, we made certain our new design works with a 21-inch front wheel.

Lowered Version: Both fitment A & B are compatible with the lowered version.

Fender Extension: Compatible with the Machine Art Moto Avant Fender Extender

Center Stand: This plate works with the stock center stand. Please note that our plate provides full coverage that does not require an additional center stand plate.

Header Pipes: 

Fitment A: NOT compatible with the Akropovic header pipe.

Fitment B: NOT compatible with the Akropovic header pipe


Check out what satisfied BDCW customers and industry editors and experts are saying.

See the installation write up done by CaptnExcitement on ADVRider

“And the best part about the Black Dog skid plate? Every time a rock hits it, it rings like a cash register—alerting you to the money and hassle you just saved!”—NoiZboy (ADVRider forum)

From Dirt Rider magazine:

"The Ultimate Skid Plate is well worth the price of admission. Just one ride with this bruiser was the difference between a great ride and a $1,500.00 repair bill. It’s not cheap, but neither is an engine case when the wimpy stock unit proves to be inadequate. We have to admit, it stroked our ego a little, giving our bike that hard core adventure look, even if we’re just going to the burger joint with our buddies."

From the Dog Pound (satisfied Black Dog riders):

"Great skid plate! The finish and fit is very nice. I love how easy this will be to take off when doing service work.”—Doug Matson

“Install went great. Thanks for a fantastic product. This is my first BDCW product and I’m impressed with your attention to detail, very well done.”—Nick Hein

"My skid plate for my 2015 BMW R1200GS LC was delivered yesterday and I installed it today using only my BMW tool roll. Now, as to quality—this is one serious piece of equipment. It makes the undercarriage a tank. At the same time the finish is elegant, like metal artwork. Nothing sloppy or rough. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best I give this skid plate a 10."—Rev. Brian House

“The best product you can add to your motorcycle to ensure that your bike is well protected off road.” —Jeff Camacho, Montclair, CA

“I have put your skid plate to the test! Copper Canyon last month and Death Valley with RawHyde this past week. I can’t tell you how tough this thing is. It’s worth every penny. I hit a few rocks pretty hard… I am glad I put the BDCW skip plate on. Everyone in my training class at RawHyde was looking at it. It is by far the best skid plate out there.”—Mick Williamson, Gilbert, AZ


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  • 5
    ultimate Skid Plate

    Posted by Jeff on Nov 27th 2021

    My bike was on a diagnostic test drive by a shop tech when a car hit him from behind going 60+ mph. The bike was then pushed across an intersection and into an embankment. The tech survived the crash but the bike was totaled and nothing survived but the BDCW skid plate. It was still attached and bent some but the underside survived the crash. Will get another when my new bike arrives.