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Black Dog launches a line of protection parts for the BMW R1250GSA

Known around the world for its super-tough skid plates made in the USA, Black Dog Cycle Works (BDCW), owned by adventure riding enthusiasts Kurt and Martha Forget, is constantly adding new products to its line of ” armor” for ADV bikes. and accessories. Today, we look at a new range of products designed specifically to protect the vulnerable cylinders and valve covers of BMW’s top-of-the-line R1250GSA.

Crash bar reinforcement system

Anyone who rides off-road knows that investing in crash protection for your expensive adventure bike is cheap insurance. Most start with a set of crash bars, usually a product offered by the bike manufacturer. And that’s great, if not foolproof, especially when we’re talking about BMW’s flagship GSA and those outstanding cylinder heads. Enter BDCW with its crash bar brace system, a set of custom-machined triangulated steel struts that attach to the frame using the engine thru-bolt to optimize stability. The bars act as a reinforcement to hold the OE crash bar system accountable, even during severe impacts. The crash bar reinforcement system retails for $259 and works for both R1250GSA and earlier R1200GSA models.

cylinder head protectors

For the ultimate in cylinder head protection for the R1250GSA, BDCW has created literal protectors for the bike’s super vulnerable magnesium cylinder head covers. Because there isn’t an experienced GS rider who hasn’t scratched, cracked or witnessed a damaged valve cover as a result of an off-road spill. All he needs is a pointed rock to poke between the crash bars and he’s hitting the JB weld. Black Dog gives you the option to fully protect those exposed decks behind 1/4-inch 5052 aluminum plates. Machined slots accommodate countersunk bolts that attach to standard bumper bars for a smooth, slip-on finish. Available in “Silver Vein” or “Black Hammertone,” only compatible with 2019 and newer GSA models, these new cylinder guards are sold in pairs for an introductory price of $159.

radiator guards

Protection parts Black Dog BMW R1250GSA.


There’s no doubt that radiator protection is essential for serious off-road adventures, but it’s the bike’s armor that is most often overlooked, in part due to compensating cooling airflow. While Black Dog has been making radiator guards for some time, this new design was created to maximize airflow without skimping on protection. The two aluminum plates feature “grids” with each slat bent forward to deflect rocks and debris to the ground. Black Dog says these guards are easy to install and don’t require removing your existing plastic radiator cover. Powered clad in a black finish, a pair of BDCW Radiator Guards for your current model R1250GSA is $159.

Maximum protection package R1250GSA

Protection parts Black Dog BMW R1250GSA.

If you’re looking to fully outfit your R1250GSA with protective Black Dog armor, you should consider the Ultimate Protection Package. This kit includes the crash bar brace, a pair of cylinder guards in a black or gray finish, two radiator guards, and also the ultimate skid plate that sets the standard for adventure bike crankcase protection. The bundle is currently being offered for $920, which will save you 10% ($120).

Visit blackdogcw.com to shop Black Dog’s full line of armor and accessories for your adventure bike.

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Author: Jamie Elvidge

Jamie has been a motorcycle journalist for over 30 years, testing the full range of motorcycles for major print magazines and specializing in adventure travel related stories. To date, she has written and provided photography for articles describing what it’s like to ride a bike in all 50 states and 43 foreign countries, receiving two Lowell Thomas Society of American Travel Writer’s Awards along the way. Her most challenging adventure so far has been competing in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as an integrated journalist for the AusAmerica team.

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