BDCW - ULTIMATE Skid Plate & Tank Guards for KOVE 450 Rally

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BDCW - ULTIMATE Skid Plate & Tank Guards for KOVE 450 Rally

 PRE-ORDER ONLY - expected July 

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.


With all the excitement around the release of the KOVE 450 Rally, Black Dog Cycle Works has answered the call with our Ultimate Skid Plate and integrated Tank Guards for this model. While the stock carbon fiber skid plate is light weight, it is not rugged enough for the action these bikes will see all over the world.

The cradle frame of the KOVE 450 Rally made the mounting points a simple affair, but integrating the vital tank guards was not. In an effort to save weight, we made the tank guards out of 1/8" 5052 Aluminum, while the skid plate is made of the tried and true 3/16" 5052 Aluminum, which has proven itself to withstand a beating for the long haul. As many of you know our skid plates often outlive the bikes they are installed one, while saving the rider countless $ is repairs, inconvenience and unnecessary retrievals from the backcountry.

Make no mistake, this skid plate is HUGE in order to protect all the vital components and including the tank guards, weighs in at only 10 pounds.

The optional linkage guard is available to protect the linkage on the rear suspension.



This skid plate / tank guard combination fits the following models:

  • KOVE 450 Rally / Pro


  • Unknown which aftermarket accessories it is compatible with at time time.


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

Attaches directly to the cradle framework!
Additional brackets and connectors are not necessary

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

EASILY installed by one person
Installs and removed for maintenance with 5 bolts

The RIGHT Skid Plate 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.

Integrated Tank Guards are made from 1/8" 5052 Aluminum 
Attaches directly to the Black Dog Ultimate Skid Plate for a solid foundation, while seamlessly blending into the lines on the bike.

Smooth Bottom for Clearing Obstacles
No holes to snag on rocks or branches. Flush mounting hardware to avoid damage. This plate glides on its own˜right up over most obstacles without bolts, rubber sliders or rivets to catch or break.

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

Silver Vein Powder Coat 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.




 As this is a new product, we welcome your feedback!