AltRider BMW F800GS Crash Bars
These fit on nicely, installation was quick and should protect well in the event of a tip over. The only negative was where the front bars came together, as the spacer would rattle and make an annoying sound. I ran a piece of electrical tape around the space and it stopped the rattle, problem solved. Great product, would recommend to others.
July 5, 2014
Okay so I have not dropped the bike so I can not rate them higher than good for now on performance , durability and bang for the buck.
Installed super easy, way to go ALT RIDER folks. Do as the instructions say and keep everything loose till you get all bolts in and no problem.
Socket length T50 wont fit in the BMW GS800 side hole. Get one before your bars show up...get a T handle one!!
June 16, 2014
Every bit as nice as I expected
I looked at 9 different crash bars for my F800GS, ranging in price from $160 to $470. At $376, these weren't the most expensive, but were close to it.
I was very tempted to get the cheapest, but there was something about the AltRider bars that really appealed to me. Aside from the use of stainless steel, I like the design of the mount points, and the way the joint between the left and right halves is practically invisible. I also like how simple yet effective the shape is, with a minimal amount of weld joints and bends.
My only disappointment was that the bolts provided for the lower mount points were not Torx-head bolts to match all of the other fasteners used by BMW on this bike. AltRider's web site (and most vendor's web sites) states that "Torx fasteners are provided for the bottom mounts." When I called AltRider about this issue, they said that non-stainless Torx fasteners were supplied in the past, but they later decided to provide stainless steel hex cap screws instead.
AltRider has yet to correct their web site regarding these fasteners, but RevZilla did so after I brought it to their attention.
I haven't had to "use" these crash bars yet, but I fully expect them to do their job. In the meantime, they are a perfect fit, both visually and physically.
May 26, 2014
If you ride enough, you will eventually either buy crash bars or buy replacement parts
I put these on my F800GS. I've used a couple other brands of crash bars and while I didn't DISlike them, I like these much better. Super easy install, good looking, and sturdy.
December 9, 2013
Fits perfect to my F800GS
Easy to install and look like original part because they fit perfect to my F800GS. I really recomend this product!!!
November 25, 2013
I rode with these crash bars on my 2013 F800GS on the Olympic Peninsula in horrible muddy,nasty conditions and went down 2 times. The crash bars got scratched but never moved a bit. They protected everything they were supposed to.
November 13, 2013
Excellent Bike Protection!
Things I liked the most about AltRider crash bars were the fit and finish. Has that "Factory Look", but covers twice the area. The install was a piece of cake as well. I was a little worried because I read a couple of reviews that said the bolt holes on the bars were off by 1/2 inch or more on one side. Simply not true, I can see how if the installer does not follow the provided instructions and starts torqueing things down prior to getting the bars aligned this could be the out come but if installed as directed an individual with the simplest mechanical skills should have no problem. I didn't give AltRider 5 stars on cost of the bars because I thought it was a little pricy. Also knocked them down on performance because I haven't ops checked the bars for function yet and I hate giving anyone an "Excellent" rating without knowing for sure, but looking at the quality of the TIG welds and feeling the weight of the bars themselves is reassuring that they will perform as advertised. I would purchase them again without hesitation and would recommend these to friends.
September 30, 2013
So far so good
I have ridden with the crash bars for a month or so. So far so good. I have noticed my knee hits the top of the bars once in a while while seated and riding 2-up. No crashes yet, so I can't comment on the protection element. They were very easy to install.
September 9, 2013