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AltRider is a Seattle-based company providing accessories and gear for Adventure Touring motorcycles. We sell AltRider engineered products for the Adventure bikes from BMW’s GS line, Suzuki, Kawasaki, the KTM Adventure series, the Ducati Multistrada 1200, the Yamaha Super Tenere XT1200Z, the Triumph Tiger 800XC and Explorer 1200, and the Honda V4 Crosstourer. We also offer proven products from other manufacturers.

Like you, the members of the AltRider team ride and expect performance and value from their products. Great care goes into every step of the AltRider creation process, from initial concept to presenting you with a finished piece. You can count on us to give you adventure touring products that provide your bike with superior fit and protection.

At AltRider, we recognize riding isn’t a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. That’s why in addition to crafting quality products, we built a place where motorcyclists can join a community. Through the Rider Locator, special events, and AltRider blogs, you can connect with others who share your interests.

Thank you for joining us and becoming a part of AltRider. We look forward to being a part of your next adventure.

   

AltRider is committed to bringing you the best adventure touring products available today. If we wouldn’t bolt it on our bikes, we won’t sell it. Here’s what you can expect from every AltRider product:

Design

AltRider products not only protect your bike, but also do so much more. Each piece is designed to maximize ease of installation and product integration.

What does that mean? It means that AltRider products can be installed easily, and come with all the necessary hardware  – and even Loctite – you’ll need for installation.   Also, each product comes with thorough instructions, which make installation an easier process.

Each AltRider product takes advantage of the strongest points of the frame while shielding the weakest, and every AltRider product works seamlessly with any other you use.

Craftsmanship

Because our design team is made up of fellow motorcyclists, they know what a bike and rider need. The team develops the AltRider products through meticulous research and rigorous testing of prototypes.  They look at the forums to determine what riders are asking for, look at other products, and then decide the most important features necessary.  Each AltRider product is made to exacting standards with a clean, high-end finish that will complement your machine.   

Made in America

From the earliest stages of design to packing up the finished piece for shipping, AltRider products are made entirely in the United States. We are proud to stay local with our manufacturing. We believe a high level of quality is possible thanks to strong relationships with all our suppliers.

AltRider products offer function, performance and value. From our crash bars to our skid plates, we go the extra mile so your ride doesn’t get cut short.

 

AltRider motorcycle parts

 

 

 

Jeremy LeBreton

Jeremy LeBreton

Co-Founder & President

From his early childhood in Chicago, Jeremy had an unexplainable passion for motorcycles. Before he could even walk, he was trying to ride every internal combustion engine he could get his hands on, from go carts to mini bikes. That didn't sit well with his mom who commanded him to "take that back where it came from." At age 12 he was finally successful at bringing home a dead 1979 Honda Express which he got from a neighbor in exchange for five lawn mowings. He fixed it up and became "the cool kid" who gets around town on a scooter (not like the other kids on pedal bikes), even when it snowed. His passion for motorcycles became his life.

At the age of 18 he rode across America and ended up settling in Seattle. While on a study trip in Europe, through a combination of luck, perseverance, hustling and networking, he finagled his way into working for Christian Wunner (a German BMW enthusiast who had ridden his R100RT around the world) and a one-month ride on a borrowed MZ 650 from Slovenia to France. He totaled more than 7,800 km and discovered Helge Pederson's "Ten Years on Two Wheels" R80GS in the BMW Museum in Munich. That sealed his desire for an adventure touring lifestyle. Upon his return to Seattle, Jeremy went to work for a metal worker, Andy Ide, who also raced off-road and was instrumental in the progression of Jeremy's off-road skills – ultimately turning him into one of the "fast guys."

Over several years Jeremy received "the greatest real world education" working for a number of companies and learning about fabrication, prototyping, and manufacturing. He met his last employer on a dirt trail in the Cascades, which led him to work for a motorcycle accessory outfitter for several years. Jeremy's passion for and knowledge of the adventure touring market has strengthened over the years, leading him to envision the AltRider brand.

bikes

R1200GS

R1200GS
Husaberg 390 E

Husaberg 390 E

Don Hogan

SENIOR PRODUCT ENGINEER

Don has a mission... "designing crazy products I think are cool". That's a bit of an understatement -- he developed AltRider's first product designs years ago and has returned to come up with more innovative ideas with the rest of the development team.

In his past jobs, Don has designed everything from motorcycle parts, kitchenware to high-end performance luggage in New York, even spending time in Asia managing production and sample making. His weekends are spent having mini-adventures -- taking trips to the coast with his wife, seeking out great beers, and riding bikes (pedal and motorcycles) in the mountains.

As of now, Don has sold all of his motorcycles but he has his eye on the Husky TR 650 that's currently in the AltRider fleet.

bikes

Husqvarna TR 650

Jimmy Livengood

Jimmy Livengood

Product Designer

Walk into the AltRider office and you’ll find sketches scattered around the garage with Jimmy underneath a bike. Jimmy’s main duty at AltRider is everything product design – this includes concept sketches, CAD drawings, prototype production and evaluating all future revisions.

His education includes studying fine arts at Iowa State University focusing on “integrated studio arts” involving a combination of wood, ceramics, fiber forms and metals. Much of his post-college days were spent being an outdoor professional where he guided backpacking, canoeing, kayaking and rock climbing trips. Jimmy later utilized his artistic capability with a degree in industrial design, professionally constructing exhibit display and tradeshow booth structures in Seattle. His adventure experience combined with design acumen shows in the end product, always keeping in mind the outcome of gear performance in the field.

His undying passion for adventure is evident by his basement full of bicycles and enough outdoor equipment to last a zombie apocalypse. Jimmy is new to off-road riding and is currently contemplating sidecar rigs that would accommodate his 65 lb black lab/pit bull mutt.

bikes

 

F 800 GS



Meghan Dowdy

Bill Crossland

Product Engineer

Behind the scenes of the motorcycle industry are guys like Bill, an engineer at AltRider. His duties at AltRider include researching the market, product design, and modeling new parts in CAD.

After a decade in the Marines, he received his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. He’s worked for a few large Seattle companies in many roles such as project manager, operations manager and lead engineer. True to Seattle nature, he found his calling in coffee and has worked for an Italian cappuccino company.

After having ridden street bikes and competing in local competitions for many years, Bill takes it a bit easier now coaching softball for his 2 kids and enjoying time with his family.

 

bikes

Meghan's Dream Bike

Suzuki V-Strom 650

matthew ury

Matthew Ury

OPERATIONS

Matt expertly handles the operations at AltRider. His duties include managing accounts payable and receivable, photography, inventory management and website administration.

Originally from southern California, Matt moved to New York City for a few years before finding himself in Seattle and working for AltRider in 2013.

When not at the office, you can find Matt consumed by one of his many hobbies. He may be practicing guitar, drums, bass or piano, hiking the trails of beautiful Washington state, at the local skatepark executing daredevil stunts, or even relaxing with a cup of coffee and a good book.

Matt has had a fascination with motorcycles his entire life, and finally got his license and first bike in 2014. Since then he has been deeply invested in honing his skills, attending RawHyde off-road courses as well as several AltRider rides.

bikes

2002 Yamaha TW200

 Yamaha TW 200

Johan and Peter Liljerstam

REPRESENTATIVES // NORDIC REGION

Johan and Peter are brothers and best friends with a great passion for adventure riding. They are the AltRider representatives in Sweden-- taking care of sales, marketing, customer service and product testing for the region.

As gravel junkies, the Nordic brothers take any opportunity to get out and use their bikes as they're meant to be used. That's how they got to know us at AltRider -- they shared their good experiences on the web and even made their own product review's on the AltRider protection parts on YouTube.

John rides a 2012 R 1200 GSA and Peter rides a 2013 BMW F 800 GS, both decked out in AltRider parts.

bikes

 

2012 BMW R 1200 GSA                           2013 BMW F 800 GS

Martin LeBreton

Martin LeBreton

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Martin has been working as a designer for nearly 15 years and working with online marketing in one shape or form for the last seven years. He enjoys being a part of the tightly run ship that is AltRider and he wants to see the AltRider name in front of every adventure touring enthusiast. Martin is a lover of the outdoors and has recently discovered how much fun ultimate frisbee is.

Although Martin has been riding motorcycles for 20 years he doesn’t ride very often nowadays, but he would like to improve his off rode abilities.

BMW F700GS

Nick Hatfield

Scott Albertson

WEBSITE CONTENT MANAGER

You’ll find Scott amidst the shelves of inventory and boxes, managing the warehouse and handling all the shipping duties. From inspecting arriving parts for quality assurance to packing up all outgoing orders, he’s making sure every customer receives AltRider product in perfect condition.

Born and raised in West Virginia, Scott spent much of his time outdoors playing various sports and running astray in the forests. Wanting to give up the small town, Scott relocated to Seattle in 2000 working in operations and data management at an online comparison shopping engine. He enjoys afternoons at the Sounders games, racing on his Xbox 360 and watching every televised sport known to man.

New to the industry and having never actually ridden a motorcycle, Scott is excited to hop on a bike and start learning.

bikes

Honda CBR 600 F41