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Old 06-03-2010, 12:24 PM   #1
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AltRider crash bars , real experience ?

Hi, I'm wondering why I haven't heard of this brand, I recently saw a pair of threads mention the light protector and the crash bars, I've searched for more info but not too much around.

This crash bars looks the most protective, IMO. A good option to consider, but why it is not so popular, at least comparing to TT crash bars , for the price I say!

I may consider them, if someday I have $400 free flying in my home !

Has anyone here already installed and maybe tested them ??
serious good protection and aggresive look !


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Old 06-03-2010, 12:31 PM   #2
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They're relatively new to the market (only opened a few months ago), but do make some top quality gear. They're shop is less than 10 minutes from my office, and I've installed their crashbars on my Strom to replace the Givi's I had. They have a set on their GS, and are pretty nice.

Really, really great people there.
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:09 PM   #3
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I'm waiting to here something from real users as well. I live in Alaska and shipping is usually pretty stupendous, so before I pull the trigger I wanna see and hear about them first.

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Old 06-03-2010, 01:13 PM   #4
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Acces?

It looks good, but certainly have to remove them for a valve adjustment. Also, judging by the picture I am not sure that you have easy acces to the spark plug, even without the additional protective plate. Can you remove that plate while the crashbar is in place?
Any real experience?
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:45 PM   #5
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Damn, I just noticed the plug issue. I could live with pulling them off for a valve adjustment ( on and off pretty easy according to the web directions) limited access to the plugs would be a no-go situation for me...
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:59 PM   #6
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ground clearance

Does anyone know how the ground clearance is compared to the HB bars?

I drag my HP's on the street and would like a little more clearance.
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Old 06-03-2010, 02:57 PM   #7
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Damn, I just noticed the plug issue. I could live with pulling them off for a valve adjustment ( on and off pretty easy according to the web directions) limited access to the plugs would be a no-go situation for me...
You change plugs WAY less than you mess with valves?? Or maybe at the same time...

I run the Iridium's in mine...I've done it once (plugs)...but have done the valves twice...

My ride is 14 months old and has 33K on it...shouldn't be much of an issue...

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Old 06-03-2010, 04:01 PM   #8
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You change plugs WAY less than you mess with valves?? Or maybe at the same time...

I run the Iridium's in mine...I've done it once (plugs)...but have done the valves twice...

My ride is 14 months old and has 33K on it...shouldn't be much of an issue...

Getting to the plugs in the field would be an issue if say, you got water in your motor from a river crossng.
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:08 PM   #9
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Getting to the plugs in the field would be an issue if say, you got water in your motor from a river crossng.
I agree with prev poster that plug access is an infrequent requirement. River crossing issue probably far more infrequent still (for most people)
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:28 PM   #10
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Since from a non big accident, my SW Motech crash bars get bent, and remove the valve cap was no longer possible without unbolting the bars a little... I didn't find problems with that extra procedure.

For me, the arm over the valve cover is good idea, it would protect even the BMW aluminium guards, also is giving support, avoiding the bars get bent from a dragging accident... like mine (the SW bars protected well in that case, and I don´t have confidence in the HB for this, they have a weak point).


No one has installed them yet ????
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:49 AM   #11
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Any of you called AltRider (+1 206-922-3618)? They're pretty responsive and would love to answer questions. Hell...I think they're even a member here (AltRider Adventure), so I'll just alert them to this lil' ol thread and let them answer questions. Like I said, they have these mounted to the bike in their office and could get ya the answers.
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:03 AM   #12
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I have some of the ALTrider pieces coming into my dealer next week for my new 1200GS; potentiometer guard, skid plate and potentially the crash bars if I like them when I see them.

They are a new company and the dealer catalog is a color copy Kinko's version.

The BMW GS Advocate at the dealership is very impressed with them and their gear and he's not that easy to impress. I'll post photos as soon as it all comes in next week.

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Old 06-04-2010, 11:12 AM   #13
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...... I'll post photos as soon as it all comes in next week.

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...... pics ...

If you install them on the bike ...is it much to ask if you drop the bike for reference of they work ?? , well I guess AltRider should have done real tests !! ... but where are ??
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:56 AM   #14
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I agree with prev poster that plug access is an infrequent requirement. River crossing issue probably far more infrequent still (for most people)
It becomes a big deal the first time you have to do it in the field.
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:10 PM   #15
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Damn, I just noticed the plug issue. I could live with pulling them off for a valve adjustment ( on and off pretty easy according to the web directions) limited access to the plugs would be a no-go situation for me...
If the manufacturer is reading this -- It wouldn't require too much of a design change to make these bars "plug removal friendly"; just a slight 30mm re-bend down and fwd of the offending bar right at the sparkplug should do it.
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