WHY EXPERTS LOVE THEM (and everyone else needs them)
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.
It's finally here, a skid plate for your lighter weight KTM dirt bike. Many of our customers have several bikes in their stable and whether they are a KTM or BWM adventure bike rider they often have a lighter weight KTM dirt bike for their gnarlier off road rides. Utilizing our vast experience in developing the toughest skid plates on the planet for large adventure bikes, BDCW has decided that smaller bikes are worthy of equal protection. It is not unusual to take lighter dirt bikes on even more difficult and remote terrain, making not having the best protection available an even bigger risk. Utilizing our vast experience in developing the toughest skid plates on the planet for large adventure bikes, BDCW has decided that smaller bikes are worthy of equal protection. Developing a full protection, maintenance friendly, lightweight design for smaller dirt bike was the primary goal in developing our first skid plate for dirt / dual-sport bikes and we feel the end product meets all our criteria, while of course being manufactured in the U.S.
This skid plate fits the following models:
- KTM 500 EXC (2017+)
- KTM 450 EXC / SX-F (2017+)
- Husquvarna FE 450 (2017+)
- Husquvarna FE 501 (2017+)
DOES NOT fit the KTM 350 models
- Fits with Rekluse clutch cover
NUTS, BOLTS AND BENEFITS
Our plate covers the engine block, clutch cover, water pump and ignition cover.
Unique front mount which contains magnets to hold it to the frame while installing the front bolts, making alignment much easier. Given the short service intervals of these bikes, ease of maintenance was paramount during the design process.
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.
Contoured to the Frame for Maximum Strength
The skid plate follows the profile of the frame to ensure optimal durability and toughness.
Quick Change Artist
Remove 2 bolts front bolts, loosen 2 rear bolts to remove for an oil changes and maintenance.
Powder AND Clear Coated
Two stage process 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 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. - supporting the local craftsmen, materials and machinery. It is extremely important to us. We have world class manufacturers in our own back yard and we are committed to supporting our local economy.
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.
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):
"This thing is stout! The extra 3 pounds was well worth it, especially considering it carries it down low, lowering the center of gravity a bit. Many times through two days of desert racing I could hear it ring when I slammed into the face of a whoop... hits that would have destroyed a more feeble plate! I love the way it hugs the engine tightly and does not catch a boot when reaching for the brake or shifter. Great design, great product and as usual, excellent service from BDCW! Thanks again!!!"—Jeromy Williamson, Colorado Springs, CO
"My 500 EXC is on its way to being a well protected battle axe! Big thanks to Kurt Forget from Black Dog Cycle Works for sending me one of the first skid plates from the first batch!! Cannot wait to get it on so I can GET IT ON!"—Jeff Camacho, Montclair CA
"Thanks again for the quick visit. It was nice to meet up with you guys, you know with your quasi celebrity status, your tube videos and such. It's great news that the skid plate fit. I look forward to beating the shit out of it, and NOT my bike. Speaking of my bike, just for your record or whatever, it's a 2016 Husqvarna FE501S. Until our paths cross again, keep being creative, keep being innovative, and keep producing high quality tried and tested products. Also thank you for having the balls to chase a dream, take a chance, and give it everything you've got. It comes through in your products, your business conduct, and your customer service."—Dustin Vaillancourt, Ft. Murray, AB
DESIGNED AND MANUFACTURED IN THE U.S.A.