A new bike requires new protection, so AltRider completely redesigned the crash bars for the new water boxer model. A step up from years past they utilize 1.25 inch (31.75 mm) OD stainless steel tubing making them the largest diameter bars on the market.
The decision to increase the diameter came from years of research and production results. 1-inch bars (25.4 mm) allow a significant amount of flex during a crash creating the need to space them farther from the bike. The stout 1.25 inch (31.75 mm) bars allow a tighter profile while still providing real protection. They are extremely resistant to rust whether you're riding the liquid-cooled GS across the highway or across a river. The top of the bars are secured in a total of three locations per side. The front mount is the only one on the market designed to utilize two bolts per side to increase the ability to distribute the load of any impact. The rear is held with a custom machined through-bolt that replaces the engine mount hardware, increasing the strength of the bars up to 25 percent.
AltRider offers one of only a few designs that utilize a custom machined through-bolt. There are no plastic spacers to break upon impact. This creates an incredibly strong design that distributes any impact evenly throughout the bars and also makes a solid foundation for upper crash bars. Another first for AltRider crash bars are the integrated 3/16 inch (4.76 mm) lower flanges designed to interface with an AltRider skid plate. This creates a modular protection system that doesn't mount directly to the motor and is substantially more robust than anything else on the market. This process creates a precision fit easy installation and superior strength. Installation is simple and straightforward.