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Old 11-22-2014, 09:42 PM   #1
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GSAW bash/Skid plate. Which is the best one, Altrider or Touratech?

I would like a bash plare for my 14 GSAW but I am having trouble deciding which one to buy. Altrider or Touratech expedition xl. They are both quite different in respect to mounting points and other features like plastic runners or oil drainage holes.
Any thoughts would be most appreciated.
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:50 PM   #2
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Just to mess with you a little more: Black Dog Cycle Works.
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Old 11-22-2014, 11:06 PM   #3
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Old 11-23-2014, 01:35 AM   #4
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In my opinion altrider has the best, do to its mounting points.
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Old 11-23-2014, 03:02 AM   #5
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The problem with Altrider skid plate is I thought it doesn't work with other crash bars.
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Old 11-23-2014, 04:32 AM   #6
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Bash plate

Just ordered the Black Dog Cycle Works plate and center stand extension. It is compatible with Remus and Akrapovic exhaust systems and looks like a tank turret turned upside down. If you are willing to spend the money Adventure Designs is marketing a subframe and skid plate that completely eliminates mounting the plate to the engine. It's not cheap but has to be the strongest set up.
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:38 AM   #7
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Thanks for your thoughts guys. I'm still torn though.
The touratech is braced at the back but has no drainage hole, and correct me if I'm wrong but i think it shortens the ground clearance.
The thing that concerns me about altrider is that due to its mounting point positions it relies on the shear strength of it mounting screws rather than compressive or torsional loading that you would experience with the touratech.
Wow! I sound anal.
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:55 AM   #8
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Just ordered the Black Dog Cycle Works plate and center stand extension. It is compatible with Remus and Akrapovic exhaust systems and looks like a tank turret turned upside down. If you are willing to spend the money Adventure Designs is marketing a subframe and skid plate that completely eliminates mounting the plate to the engine. It's not cheap but has to be the strongest set up.
Isnt the pne they are selling the Altrider one?
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:11 AM   #9
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Do any of them work with the front fender extender?
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:39 AM   #10
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GSAW bash/Skid plate. Which is the best one, Altrider or Touratech?

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Thanks for your thoughts guys. I'm still torn though.
The touratech is braced at the back but has no drainage hole, and correct me if I'm wrong but i think it shortens the ground clearance.
The thing that concerns me about altrider is that due to its mounting point positions it relies on the shear strength of it mounting screws rather than compressive or torsional loading that you would experience with the touratech.
Wow! I sound anal.

Once you have the Touratech installed it takes a whole 5 minutes to take it off. Just a few countersunk allen bolts and it's off. The rear mount stays on the bike. I am not sure about the ground clearance but I can't see a noticeable difference.

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Old 11-23-2014, 02:54 PM   #11
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The thing that concerns me about altrider is that due to its mounting point positions it relies on the shear strength of it mounting screws rather than compressive or torsional loading that you would experience with the touratech.
That might be better. On a bad hit, have the (replaceable) bolts shear off, rather than banging the engine case.
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Old 11-23-2014, 03:08 PM   #12
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:23 PM   #13
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Skid plate recommendation

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I have the touratech expedition skip plate with the front fender rear extention and they work fantastic together. Just did an oil change and was a piece of cake to remove the skid plate. The plate protection is second to none and the rubber runners keep the
screws clean to remove. Hope this helps.
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:49 PM   #14
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I'm also on the fence, but between AltRider and Black Dog. For what it's worth, I recently went out with the local "GS club" and they all have Black Dog. Been on some rough stuff with the gs, and I know Black Dog is a better beast, but I can't stand the look of it, but I haven't done all my research on AltRider.
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Old 11-24-2014, 04:02 AM   #15
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I'm also on the fence, but between AltRider and Black Dog. For what it's worth, I recently went out with the local "GS club" and they all have Black Dog. Been on some rough stuff with the gs, and I know Black Dog is a better beast, but I can't stand the look of it, but I haven't done all my research on AltRider.
I'm with you on the look of the Black Dog. It may be a better beast but the hammerite style finish just doesn't work.
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