Ultimate Skid Plate for Yamaha T7 (2020-2021)

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Ultimate Skid Plate for Yamaha T7 (2020-2021)


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.

                                 DESIGN NOTES                                 

Black Dog Cycle Works has once again designed an Ultimate Skid Plate for the new Yamaha Tenere 700 (a.k.a. T7) . 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 13 years of development experience, we feel we have struck an ideal balance with our new Ultimate Skid Plate for the Yamaha Tenere 700.

In a rare move, Yamaha gave us a cradle frame to work with - unfortunately the bolts used at the stock mounting points are way too weak (they are only 6mm bolts) to consider solely supporting a rugged skid plate from, so we started with fresh drawing board. We created a submount at the front to support the skid plate in the most burley way, attaching to the bike in FOUR different points. In addition, we designed a steel rear submount that attaches directly to the frame, which does not have to be removed for oil changes, provides extra strength to the bottom of the skid plate (the area that gets hit most often) when then tied both front and mounts together using the 3/16" aluminum skid plate as a stress member. Combined, you won't find a tougher, more durable skid plate for the T7 on the market anywhere!

Some riders may say "my T7 already has a skid plate on it from the factory" - our only question is how much faith do you want to put in that 'aluminum foil" stock skid plate to prevent you from damaging your motor and having to walk out of the backcountry? With the Black Dog Skid Plate, you can ride those remote areas we all love so much with confidence.

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.

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


This skid plate fits the following models:

  • YAMAHA TENERE 700  (2020-2021)


  • Compatible with OEM, Hepco Becker, Outback Motortek and Touratech Crash Bars (possibly others which are not tested yet)
  • Compatible with Hepco Becker Center Stand and Yamaha OEM Center Stand
  • Does not fit bikes with Euro5 header
  • Unknown if it works with the SWMotech Center Stand

                        NUTS, BOLTS & BENEFITS                       

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

Flush Mount Hardware
We never use hardware that protrudes from the skid plate in highly probably impact areas (like the bottom!!). The flush mount hardware we use is MUCH less prone to catch on obstacles or get damaged. 

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

EASY installation
15 minutes max once you remove the stock tin foil "skid plate"

4 bolts to remove for Maintenance
EASY! We like easy! We work on our own bikes, so why would be make this difficult? The two mounting brackets do not need to be removed for maintenance nor do lower crash bars you may have on the bike. 

No Centerstand Needed
Our Ultimate Skid Plate is designed to accommodate the EnduroStar Trail Stand. Save weight, money and ground clearance by not having a centerstand 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.

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. Purchasing this product is a opportunity to support a small family business and support American Workers and the U.S. economy, not some random large corporation based overseas. Besides, the Black Dog needs to eat too!

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                        

She's on now and looks bulletproof!  Woot! Thanks again for the awesome armor and customer support! Dog Pound for life!- K. Brooks, South Dakota



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  • 4
    Strong, but full exhaust headers rub

    Posted by Paul Davis on May 4th 2022

    Very well made and strong. Worked fine with OEM headers with the cat. the angle as it starts under the bike is too sharp of a turn and rubs on aftermarket headers. Can't use it anymore.