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  1. Black Dog Cycle Works is known for their skid plates, particularly for the KTM's. I had one on my '11 GSA and have one now on the project 990 bike. They are the best. What's cool is Kurt from BDCW put his skid plate and some knobbies on his 1290 Super Adventure as I was hoping someone would eventually do. KTM seemed to shy to show this bike in the dirt but I knew it would be nearly as good as the 1190 and probably still better than the GS/GSA off road. I saw this in the mail today and thought I'd share... THE ULTIMATE ARMOR JUST GOT BETTER. Reimagined. Redesigned. After 6 months of development, we are very excited to announce our new design (2.0) of our skid plates for the KTM 1190 and 1290 Adventures. Our original 1290 skid plate was groundbreaking (literally), but we're not ones to rest on our laurels. Since we first released our Ultimate Skid Plates over 2 years ago, we've continually been out there riding and testing-and asking if we can make anything better for our customers. And when we see an opportunity to improve protection-we do it. Being a small, innovative company with a focus, we pride ourselves in our ability to develop the absolute best products on the planet for your adventure bike. Our original concept has more than lived up to our expectations, proving itself time and time again to be the most rugged, long-lasting skid plate available -- with top ratings for ease of maintenance -- a high priority in our book. So why redesign something this good? Our vision for excellence has elevated with our experience in the industry over the years. We saw an opportunity to fine-tune a few areas of the design, really tailoring it to your bike's specific needs. And we've listened to the market's requests for ventilation holes since the 1190/1290 motor can sometimes run a bit on the warm side. You asked, and we made it happen. See more about our design improvements on our website by clicking on the following links: KTM 1190 Adventure - Standard & R KTM 1290 Super Adventure
  2. Picked up an AltRider Rear Brake Master Cylinder Guard for the KTM 1190 Adventure / R , and an AltRider Side Stand Foot for the KTM 1190 Adventure / R today at the EuroMoto 2015 today. Was able to call in and order them ahead of time and have them bring them to the show to avoid shipping. Thanks Altrider! Always a pleasure to deal with. The rear master cylinder guard looks like this... And the side stand foot like this... I didn't get home in time to install them today. But hopefully I'll get a few minutes tomorrow, as I don't think it'll take that long. However I'm throwing a 5th birthday party for my son... So who knows. All that aside, when I get it done, I'll post up some pics and initial thoughts. Then return after some thorough use and review it again. Currently I'm already running their bash plate and rear racks. Suppose I should get some good pics of those as well. So far so good with them. I'll say a little more once I get a couple pics up. If anyone else is running Altrider kit and would like to contribute, by all means, jump in and get after it! *Just to clarify, I have zero afiliation with Altrider other than enjoying they're hard parts and 2013 and 2014 Hoh rallies.
  3. Dear XLADV Members!! ACD Racing Parts is happy to offer you 10% Coupon for ALL ACD Racing Parts Yamaha Super Ténéré XT1200Z & XT1200ES Adventure Skid Plates As you know ACD Racing Parts developed the famous Aluminum Skid plates for the Yamaha Super Ténéré XTZ1200 & XT1200ES (Electronic Suspension) from 2010 to 2015. ACD Racing Parts Super Ténéré Skid plates are made of 4mm (0.16 inches) aluminum alloy TIG welded and a foam pad to protect the lower engine from shocks, rocks, dirt and everything else that might otherwise cause damage. They come in your choice Raw Aluminum or Black Powder Coat to best match your other accessories, the style of your bike or simply your taste. Check out the ACD Racing Parts Super Ténéré XT 1200 Z / ES Dual-Sport products here: http://www.acdracing.us/yamaha-xt1200-super-tenere-skid-plates/ Need to be convinced ACD Racing Parts Super Ténéré Skid Plates are one of the best? Just ask other forum members about us! As promised, all forum members get get a 10% off Super Ténéré Skid Plates exclusively bought on http://www.acdracing.us website until September 30st 2015 And now, last but not the least, the coupon code is XLADV07T Select your S10 ACD Racing Parts preferred Skid Plate here, add it to your cart then use your coupon at check out to obtain your 10% off! All questions are welcome! ACD Racing Parts USA http://www.acdracing.us
  4. You know, you think you know someone... I know the folks at AltRider pretty well but was surprised when I saw these new cylinder head guards for the water cooled boxers. Does anyone currently have these installed? I like them a lot.
  5. The adventure bike’s skid plate, or bash plate as the metric-types call it: it's not a terribly complex piece of equipment, one would think it would be easy to make an effective plate. Yet there are many different designs out there ranging from comically ineffective, to overweight overkill. Since it’s such a simple bit of hardware, one would think there’s not a lot of reason to charge more than, say, $300 for a really good one. Why then is it so difficult to find a good skid plate for the big adventure bikes, that effectively covers all the vulnerabilities under the bike, whose cost doesn’t leave you feeling like your wallet is the thing that needs armor plating? When XLADV asked me if I would like to review the new ACD Racing Parts skid plate for the BMW R1200 GS/GSA, ‘06 - ‘13 bikes, I was quite interested. Early on with my ‘13, I was quite aware that the stock skid left some huge gaps in the protection of the engine. It’s not terribly robust in its ability to protect what it does cover and offers no protection for critical items like the oil filter, O2 sensors, or the clutch cover. I began checking around the market for a good aftermarket replacement. There were some that simply, on sight, were no better, or even worse than the stock plate. Some that looked like a great design, but lost me because they were made of unnecessarily heavy steel. I had settled on a very expensive skid plate--prohibitively expensive, but it had everything I wanted, so I was planning on just waiting a couple more paydays, holding my nose, paying the money, and being done with it. That was when XLADV came calling. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. First Impressions While I waited for the product to arrive, my expectation was that since I’d never heard of ACD Racing, they were probably a tiny shop that didn’t offer a lot for ADV bikes or a new arrival to the ADV market, and might not even be very effective protection. At best, I speculated, it will be nice looking and priced at or above $400. In a couple days, the skid plate was in my hands. As soon as I had the package open, I knew that ACD was onto something. the aluminum was thick, the welds looked strong, and the rear mounting looked solid. Some might argue that the back side welds could be more robust, but the pragmatist in me is only concerned with depth, coverage, uniformity and (for aluminum) that there is no obvious contamination. My first impression was that this was exactly the plate for which I had been searching. It came with the plate (a two- piece affair), a small goodie bag of mounting hardware, but no instructions for installation. The first thing I did was find ACD Racing on the web. I needed to know what this skid plate cost. I was absolutely floored by the $280 price tag. Nothing I had found previously, that was anywhere near this build quality, was anywhere near this price. Now I was excited. This quality of plate, at this price, needs more attention in the market place. But before I go bananas about this thing, first I have to install it and get it out in the desert; the chickens haven’t hatched just yet. Installation Before the product arrived the folks over at XLADV mentioned something about probably wanting to install the bracket first (ed. turns out ACD recommends it be installed as one piece after all. oops!). At the time that comment didn’t find traction in my mind, but now that the parts and the bike were sitting side-by-side, it made perfect sense. What passed for instructions had been emailed to me. It was a PDF of an engineering drawing of the skid plate with some annotations added here and there to show where the hardware goes when installed. The instructions didn’t mention this, but the rear part of the skid that mounts to the bike’s frame, can be removed from the plate. This will also come in handy later for oil changes and other under-the-engine service that requires the skid be removed. The instructions were almost passable and I managed to figure out some critical details from them, but they could have been much more comprehensive. As with most service to the bike, my first order of business is to get the bike up on the lift and on its center stand. The old skid comes off and I line up the ACD skid to see how it fits and what bits of frame accept the rear mounting of the skid plate. What I find is that the skid mates up to the frame extensions that mount the center stand to the bike, so installation must be done on the side stand. Overall, installation was a bit fiddly, but nowhere near the level of making one crazy. I spent just short of two hours getting it all hooked up, but with better instructions that allowed one to understand all the steps involved, not have to figure a few things out, and perhaps a few tricks thrown in, it could have taken an hour. If you’re even moderately mechanically inclined, you should have no trouble doing this in the comfort of your own home. The rear mounting bracket went on first. The left side was the most difficult and here is my only real complaint about the design. The right side is very easy to get bolted in just like stock with the center stand bushing as the nut, while the left, for a reason I can’t see, uses a very long bolt that threads through the center stand pivot bushing and into a nut that has to be precariously held in place on the back side of the mounting bracket. I would be interested to see if ACD can explain this better with proper instructions or if they can change the design to have the left side match the right. Once the rear bracket was sorted out it was time to bolt up the plate attach it at the front. This was pretty straightforward until I got to the front bolts. For some reason, BMW made their forward skid plate mounting bracket with elevated ends such that any flat skid plate will need spacers to bolt up firmly. As a result, there is a gap at the bolting locations of a flat plate like the ACD, and those gaps are different on the right than on the left. ACD fills these gaps with two washers as spacers on the left, and one washer on the right. They fill the gap correctly, but they are very difficult to get in place while you get the bolt through, aligned and then threaded. There is not a lot of room to work between the plate and the bottom of the engine. Again, not a deal-breaking problem, but worth mentioning. I would have liked to have seen the appropriate width spacer for the right side. One spacer would have been easier to get in place than two washers. Tips: Get the side that needs two washers done first, you’ll have more room to work. Use a telescopic magnet to slide the washers into place. Experiences Once the front bolts were in place and secured, the two rear bolts were were tightened and torqued and it was ready to ride. The ACD Racing skid plate looked great. Its design is a full tub, wrapping up around the engine and the exhaust. It looked great and added the needed coverage that the stock plate doesn’t even try to provide. First rides were around town. I had deliberately not used any thread locker on all the bolts on the bottom of the plate to see if they would begin to work their way out. The all held fast in about 300 miles of city freeway and 200 miles of dirt, but you should always use a good thread locker. Out on trail, I ran a few very rocky, fast sections of trail. On several occasions there was the familiar twitch of the front wheel as I hit some loose rock, but instead of the flimsy prang of the stock skid plate, there was the satisfying heavy ring like a big bell. With the stock skid, when I heard or felt those same hits, I would cringe and spend the next few minutes making sure the bike still ran right, now I just smiled inside my helmet and kept on chugging down the trail. It took some pretty good shots and has only a couple little nicks to show for it. All told, knowing what I know about this skid plate now, I would absolutely buy one. The price is unbeatable. Any difficulties I had with installation are minor for the quality of this skid plate at this price. In fact, remember that super expensive one I mentioned earlier? Nevermind.
  6. ACD Racing has a new skid plate out for the GS/GSA LC models. I know Isaac Feliu swears by this skid plate. Two of our AZ members have them too and I've heard good things. From what I've seen, ACD appears to be the more affordable yet still well designed plate compared to say, AltRider or Black Dog. This is now on their US website for sale Noteworthy: Skid plate attaches to frame, not engine. They have a contact form on their site where you can send them a message. They're also on Facebook.
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    I friggin love it!
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    Superb bike that does everything very well. Had this bike for 3 seasons and it was spectacular. Also, contrary to expectation, it has been PERFECTLY reliable. Perfectly, as in: I had NO issues. Zero. Nada.
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    This is the largest bike I have ever owned. Love it. Very capable of long rides then jumping off road.
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    Love it! (more coming later)
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    I've been riding for for about 28 years on many different genres of bikes - from dirt, to cruiser, to crotch rocket. I have to say, this bike is by far the best I have had the pleasure of owning and riding. It's versatility, quality, and capability coupled with it's reasonable price point make it a win win!
  12. AltRider announced today a new line of protection parts (skid plates, oil cooler guards, headlight guards, radiator guards, luggage racks, high fender mounts) for the Ducati Scrambler as well as three Triumph bikes: Bonneville, Scrambler and Thruxton.
  13. After a hole in our last trip. I'm ready. Bought an ACD "RACING" Skid Plate. Hopefully makes the bike faster. We will be headed out for a little ride from Las Vegas to Jackson, WY for the Dirty Heads concert. Then north to Yellowstone and Teton national parks.
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    Connect your Altrider Lower Crash Bars with your OEM upper crash bars.
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    PRODUCT DESCRIPTION MADE IN THE USA Made out of 6061-T6 aluminum, Titanium, Polycarbonate, stainless hardware and O-ringed. This offers a clean, leak proof cover that’s easy on and off, just like your stock cover. (No more than 10 Min. install time) -This cover is minimally thicker (overall height) than your stock cover which gives you room to install a Rekluse clutch. There is .375″ of protection in critical areas to prevent crash damage. -Also allows you to visually check for oil contamination when river crossings are often, or you have a tip over. (this is not a wet sump motor so this is not a sight glass for oil level). -This is an easy way to make sure your clutch bolts are not loosening up, catastrophic failure occurs when that happens. -Reuse your stock clutch cover gasket -Cover is fully rebuild-able if need be. -The stock cover may have a vibration dampener on the inside, this does not. Removal will not effect engine performance. -If any cover part should fail due to workmanship or materials, I will rebuild it with pre-paid return of item after inspection to original owner.
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    R&G Engine Case Covers are AMA Pro Racing approved. This R&G Racing Engine Case Cover is made from vacuum-formed thermoplastic and designed to fit the right hand side (RHS) crank case cover. Crafted from 4mm polypropylene for maximum ground clearance, durability and good looks, they compliment the R&G Crash Protectors perfectly. Lighter than the heavy protectors of the past, R&G Racing Engine Case Covers not only save weight, but can be quickly changed track side. The actual motorcycle engine case never has to be opened during install negating the need to replace gaskets or fluids. Simply remove a few bolts, snap the R&G Racing Engine Case Cover into place, and reinstall the original bolts. These could save you hundreds of dollars in the event of an accident ... Kit Includes: LHS (left hand side) engine case cover RHS (right hand side) engine case cover Installation instructions
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    Dings, scratches, scrapes, or even a cracked valve cover can all be results of a simple tipover on the liquid cooled R1200GS. With its wide boxer-style engine, the valve covers hit the ground when the bike goes over. Touratech aluminum cylinder head guards offer lightweight and low-profile protection for your BMW's engine. BMW R1200GS / ADV & R1200RT, 2013-on (Water Cooled)
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    Adventure touring and dual-sport motorcycles fully compatible high resistance and top quality ACD Racing Parts protectors and skid plates. ACD Racing Parts has developed skidplates to preserve your adventure motorcycle from stones, crashes and shocks while unleashing its performances in road or off-road use. Every ACD Racing Parts motorcycle skidplate and protector are designed and manufactured to perfectly match your dual-sport machine's specifications as an original part. Full Line of Make/Model skid plates can be found at: http://www.acdracing.us/adventure-touring-motorcycles-protectors/ Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere pictured. Design varies by model.
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    Your BMW R 1200 GS can only go as fast as you can stop, so keep your brake system in top condition. Bolt on some protection for your rear brake master cylinder. Light but durable, this aluminum guard provides more coverage than the stock OEM guard. Available in black or silver. Lightweight aluminum Bolt on protection Quick, easy installation Anodized finish in black or silver Includes Loctite (except on international orders) Height: 1 inch Width: 3 inches Depth: 6 inches Weight: 0.1 lbs
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    Great price and custom-made due to my old-school SW Mototech crashbars not being compatible with any serious bashplates on the market today. HE did an awesome job of custom-fabbing this bash plate and center stand plate, knocking it out on a Sunday. It's 3.5mm aluminum and unfortunately uses the 2nd gen OEM mounting system (far superior to the original), but has absorbed all kinds of damage and impacts without shearing the mount bolts like the wimpy stock plate did. Overall, I'm very happy with this plate. http://twinheadlighternie.smugmug.com/
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    Saying that I am in love with this bike would be an understatement. Out of all the motorcycles I have owned throughout the years, the 1290 SA has been my favorite. Modifications: Rottweiler Stage 3 Intake Kit Blackdog Skid Plate Cyclops LED Headlights Cyclops LED Lightbar Mosko Moto Backcountry Bags Blackdog Oil Cooler Guard Rottweiler Stage 2 SAS and Canister Delete Rottweiler CRG Mirros Rox Risers Sagent Custom Seats SW Motech Rear Master Cylinder Guard
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    Great ride. Had a 2012 road that I started with and upgraded when I found a deal on a used XC. Larger front wheel and better suspension were huge. That said, the the stock suspension sucks for someone bigger than average. With some upgrades it has been a great dual sport and tourer.
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