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ADV NewsBlack Dog Releases ‘Ultimate’ Skid Plate for KTM 790 Adventure

Black Dog Releases ‘Ultimate’ Skid Plate for KTM 790 Adventure

BDCW’s new skid plate offers heavy-duty protection & easy maintenance.

Published on 12.20.2019

Black Dog Cycle Works (BDCW), renowned for producing some of the toughest off-road protection parts and accessories, has just released their new ULTIMATE Skid Plate for the KTM 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R.

Maintaining a “keep it light” approach, this skid plate is a burly direct replacement of the paper-thin OEM part, utilizing the stock tank guards which have already proven their worth in testing. For those who want additional peace of mind, BDCW designed the ULTIMATE Skid Plate to work with popular aftermarket crash bars as well.

BDCW ultimate skid plate KTM 790 adventure

While the outer appearance of the skid plate may look similar to stock and other offerings, BDCW understands after 12 years of designing skid plates, that without a robust mounting design to support it, the effectiveness will be very limited and prone to failure. 


In addition, the use of 3/16-inch 5052 aluminum is designed to strike a balance between durability, weight and the ability to absorb the force of impacts, not only to protect the bike but to prevent cracking of the skid plate.

To address this, BDCW utilized the OEM front mounting framework, while the skid plate is further supported in THREE additional locations:

KTM 790 adventure skid plate
  • A large rubber shock block is placed under the stock support bracket at the center of the skid plate.
  • A second shock block between the skid plate and the engine block at the rear of the engine.
  • The rear mount is EXTREMELY robust and not only supports the skid plate but also uniquely addresses the weakness observed in the footpeg mounts, which will help prevent them from being ripped from the rear of the engine block to which they are mounted.

In addition, with a two-piece design, only 5 bolts need to be removed in order to perform regular maintenance. And unlike other designs, crash bars do not have to be removed to access the engine oil and filter.

Black Dog skid plate KTM 790 Adventure
We got our hands on an early test unit and we’ve been putting the Ultimate Skid Plate through its paces for months now. So far it’s held up valiantly to all of our abuse. Look for our full review coming down the pipe!

As with all BDCW ULTIMATE Skid Plates, you will find a smooth bottom which creates an excellent glide surface with no holes to get hung up on. The flush-mounted hardware is one less thing to get caught on obstacles and helps prevent damaged bolts. Those who have had to fight getting a damaged bolt out because it protrudes from the skid plate, will appreciate the little touches found on the ULTIMATE Skid Plate. And like everything else BDCW manufactures, this skid plate is MADE IN THE U.S.A.

For more details on the ULTIMATE Skid Plate as well as other parts BDCW offers for the KTM 790 Adventure, go to their website at

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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