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Protecting against low quality knock offs

Mar 05, 2024 // The AltRider Story //

Recently AltRider has become a victim of low quality knock-offs. We take this threat very seriously, as it has damaging effects for both our customers and the company. These knock-offs often look nearly the same as our products, but the quality and manufacturing is much lower. This can create confusion for ... MORE


Why should I consider Reinforcement bars for my BMW R 1250 or 1200?

Dec 04, 2023 // The AltRider Garage //

The OEM crash bars, have a well-known weak spot. In fact, rather than fix the problem, BMW adds a rubber bumper to the weak spot. We’ve seen this countless times in parking lots, driveways and gas stations. A cracked cylinder heads on the boxer engine from a modest fall. The OEM ... MORE


Africa Twin Crash Bar Bracket Modification

Oct 12, 2021 // The AltRider Garage //

There are many similarities between Africa Twin 1100 Standard & Adventure Sports models and a few differences. One noticeable difference that has impacted the design of AltRider parts is the differences is the additional cornering lights in the Adventure Sports. As a result of the different headlights, the AltRider Headlight Guards ... MORE


Did You Know? An Analysis of the Africa Twin Adventure Sports Protection

Aug 03, 2018 // The AltRider Garage //

The exciting new Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports model comes with bars and a skid plate, does it offer the protection I need? Honda states these are not “crash bars” but instead are a “light bar”. Looking at the hardware connecting the light bar to the bike you clearly see the ... MORE


Hard Work Finding Solutions for the S 1000XR Crash Bars

Feb 02, 2018 // The AltRider Garage //

DISCLAIMER:There have been a few documented reports of cosmetic alignment issues with this bar design. As reported, the potential interference is located at the upper front sections of the crash bar, near the bike’s left side headlights and right side fairings (see photographs for actual customer example). In a crash ... MORE


Looking for an Amazing Tour Provider?

Jan 15, 2018 // Trips on Two Wheels //

We are proud to partner with Explore360°. Explore360° is a Swedish travel agency that offers motorcycle tours "Off the beaten track and with a healthy dose of adventure”. They have amazing off-road packages in Iceland, Nepal, Morocco, Norway, Vietnam, Wales, Kenya & Tanzania or South-Africa. For a taste of what ... MORE


Care and Feeding of your AltRider Clear Polycarbonate Headlight Guard

Oct 07, 2016 // The AltRider Garage //

The AltRider headlight guards provide strong protection against stones, bugs, and all kinds of road debris. But over time things get dirty and you want to be able to use all of the light your headlamps are putting out.  Time to clean that headlamp guard! We chose polycarbonate material because of ... MORE


Building the S 1000 XR Concept Bike

Feb 01, 2016 // The AltRider Story //

Earlier this year we were presented a unique opportunity to conduct a design study of the ADV focused version of the new BMW S 1000 XR, and immediately our design team was in full force on the project.  We started thinking about names like ADV S, the ‘S’ standing in ... MORE


The Big Bad Wolf // ADVMoto

Oct 31, 2014 // AltRider in the Media //

ADVMoto magazine is known for putting bikes and products to the real test. They chose AltRider Crash Bars, Skid Plate and Radiator Guards to protect their 2014 BMW R 1200 GS. Click here to check out the full review. MORE


Leaving It All Behind -- What to Take With You

Oct 15, 2014 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Guest post by adventure blogger Pat Harris -- Ever thought about giving it all up to go travel the world? Pat Harris did just that. In July 2013, Pat left his demanding career in engineering, loaded up his 2013 F800GS, and left Colorado. From there, he travelled throughout the US, ... MORE


Leaving It All Behind -- Riding Around the World

Jun 02, 2014 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Guest blogger Pat Harris is currently riding his BMW F 800 GS clad in AltRider parts on an incredible journey around the world. See his adventures at At the time of this posting, he’s been on the road 312 days and clocked over 26,000 miles. Unser Gast-Blogger Pat Harris ist ... MORE


In The Shop -- KTM 1190 Adventure

Apr 25, 2014 // The AltRider Garage //

Cycle World magazine recently hailed the KTM 1190 Adventure as the “best all-around bike in the world”. While this is certainly a bold statement, there’s no doubt the new orange beast is an incredible machine on the road and off. When the AltRider design team began developing accessories for the ... MORE


5 Steps to Using the AltRider Hemisphere Tank Bag

Apr 23, 2014 // The AltRider Garage //

The new tank bag in the AltRider Hemisphere soft luggage line is smartly designed to make your tank bag configurable to you with a waterproof seal to protect your expensive items. Each essential item such as your cell phone, map, camera, and ear plugs are compartmentalized for easy access. The AltRider ... MORE


AltRider Crash Test - Part Two

Dec 23, 2013 // The AltRider Garage //

This is becoming a bad habit – AltRider’s protection accessories for the R1200GSW have once again been put to the ultimate test. While filming a recent video for our full line of parts, there were a few “outtakes” showing just how robust AltRider products really are. There’s no doubt that the ... MORE


Game Changing Designs

Dec 17, 2013 // The AltRider Garage //

We took to the stunning Cascade Mountains to test out our protection parts for the new R 1200 GSW. Clad in AltRider Upper and Lower Crash Bars, Skid Plate, Luggage System and other accessories the new GS had no problem with whatever we could throw at it. Hill climbs, trail riding, and a few ... MORE


AltRider's Crash Test

Oct 15, 2013 // The AltRider Garage //

While putting a bike down at high speed is never a good thing, sometimes it can have a silver lining.  AltRider’s own BMW R 1200 GSW was recently high-sided on a hard-pack gravel logging road at approximately 65 mph. The bike hit the ground going around 50 mph. Luckily the ... MORE


Hooked: How We Develop Our Luggage Racks

Aug 01, 2013 // The AltRider Garage //

When you find yourself daydreaming about your epic ride, what do you see? Wenn du von Traumtouren mit dem Bike träumst, was siehst du? Perhaps you’re navigating the tricky Stelvio Pass in Italy, or the Transfagarasan Highway in Romania. Maybe you’re attempting a round the world trip like Ewan and Charlie (or Tormod ... MORE


The Long Road to the Side Stand Foot

Aug 01, 2013 // The AltRider Garage //

Way back before we launched, we were trying to decide which parts we should develop first. Side stand feet seemed like an obvious choice, because everyone needs one – they’re almost a necessity. Lange bevor wir unser Unternehmen starteten, machten wir uns Gedanken darüber welche Teile wir zuerst entwickeln sollten. Seitenständerfüße ... MORE


DIY Solution for Scratched Bars

Aug 01, 2013 // The AltRider Garage //

Just a year of road grime, based on your location, can be extremely corrosive – as you may have noticed with your market alloy wheels which need yearly attention. Even though your bars are for protection, it doesn’t mean you have to muddy up the classic look of your bike ... MORE


Secure Your Gear With HelmetLok™

Jul 30, 2013 // The AltRider Garage //

Guest post by our marketing intern Mitch Pederson. When he's not busy working at the AltRider office, Mitch spends his time riding, fixing and even building motorcycles.  Gastkommentar unseres Marketingexperten Mitch Pederson. Wenn er nicht in seinem Büro bei AltRider tätig ist, verbringt Mitch seine Zeit mit dem Fahren, Reparieren und ... MORE


Secret Stash Box for the Triumph Explorer

Jun 13, 2013 // The AltRider Garage //

Innovation is standard when it comes to AltRider’s parts, whether it comes from engineering methods, design or features. Our latest innovation is the first in the ADV hard parts market – a secret stash box in the Triumph Tiger 1200 Crash Bars. While they appear to be simple crash bars, these feature a ... MORE


Motorrad Magazine Goes to an American Rainforest

Jun 04, 2013 // The AltRider Story //

We had the pleasure of having Motorrad Magazine journalist Peter Mayer join us at our Hoh Rainforest Ride. Peter travelled from Germany to Seattle, Washington after Jeremy, President of AltRider, had invited him to the Hoh Rainforest Ride (link to video) in the backyard of our hometown in Washington state.  ... MORE


Win The Ultimate U.S. Adventure Ride

Oct 03, 2012 // The AltRider Story //

Win The Ultimate U.S. Adventure Ride // Die ultimative Adventure-Tour in den USA With the launching of the website and our exciting debut at one of the largest motorcycle tradeshows in the world, Intermot, we are giving away a trip to the U.S.A. to one lucky European resident. This ... MORE


BMW Motorrad Days 2012

Jul 08, 2012 // The AltRider Story //

This weekend we have visited the BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany). It was a great expierence to see all these GS's in one place. We were able to talk to serveral nice people and shared some nice strories. Hope to go back to this great event in 2013! Click here for more ... MORE