AltRider Crash Bars for Tiger 800/XC
Excellent quality, design, and fit.
The bars themselves are built extremely well. Excellent welds, excellent fit. The installation was a breeze, but I would definitely recommend getting someone to help you tighten the engine bolts. I think they are designed very well, both aesthetically and functionally. It appears that they could save your handle bars and levers in the event of a lowside if your front tire is pointing away from the direction of travel. I think you'd still snap your lever if it falls where the bars are tucked into the fall. However, all your cowling will be saved, as well as your engine. If you have the pannier mounts on the back, you will significantly minimize fall damage to your Tiger 800 with these crash bars installed. Aesthetically, they follow the design of the Tiger's frame very well. If there were a single thing I'd change, it would be that the finish were more matte anodized like the frame, hence the 4/5 rating for Finish.
July 8, 2014
Two thumbs up !!
Put these on the Tiger 800XC. Fit and finish was excellent, as were the instructions. Also found a video on the internet demonstrating step by step. Two of the bolts (one per side) attach at the frame/engine mounts where another set of hands would help. Bars are very sturdy. Can't speak on how well they work and hope I don't ever have to!
June 23, 2014
Great quality. Look the part.
A bit more than some of the competition, but reviews and features seemed worth it -- and made the U.S.A. Very impressed with the quality, fit and finish. Installation was a bit vague in two parts, but once installed they feel very solid. I haven't had to find out how they work yet -- may do forced tip-over on the lawn -- but they definitely look like they're up to the task.
February 12, 2014
A cut above the rest
I was put off at first by the price of these, but after having tried the Triumph engine guards (which I rate as ok), and the Givi engine guards (HUGELY disappointing for a Givi product), I decided to give the AltRider crash bars a try. Now that they are on the 800XC I wish I had just ordered these the first time around. Excellent fit and finish, incredibly strong and superb support both at the mount points and the cross support section.
The provided instructions are very good, it does take a bit of patients to get the two nuts off from behind the sides of the radiator, but well worth it when you see how well these protect the radiator. If you have a buddy to help you, the installation does go a bit faster, but it can be done by one person, just take your time and don't rush it.
EXCELLENT product, AAA+ in my opinion, and not only do they provide great protection to the engine and the radiator, they look good on the bike too.
September 3, 2013
Bolt on. Very simple install. Most important protects radiator
All Altrider products on my tiger make the bike more complete and safe. Already set the bike on the ground in the shop to test them out. I would recommend there products to anyone.
August 20, 2013
The crash bar is very nice. fit and finish is superb! 5 star. The item is a little pricey, but there is quite a bit of material - and the bending (done on a cnc mandril bender - i am guessing) the cost of the stainless steel, hydro jetting, powder coating and welding all add to the price. The item definitely looks like it will protect the bike on a tip over. haven't tested it yet -knock on wood, but the lower side of the bike along the engine casing might not have enough protection. Was planning on getting the R-G engine case covers but i don't want to spend yet more money.
I bought the SW Motech engine guards and they weigh probably twice as much and are prone to vibration. I sent them back to Twisted Throtttle. These are vibration free and are strong yet will give so it wont wreck yoiur bike and will protect the $800 Radiator. I also had Touratech engine guard and sent those back, nominal protection and doesn't really do much. when the bike tips over the clutch shifter will bend in so it didn't protect that. and on the right side the bends weren't correct so i needed to shim out the Touratech guard with a 1/8" shim to get the correct fit. i had also gotten the Touratech fairing guard and sent that back, just didn't look like it would do sh*& on the triumph. figured they lifted the design from the 1200gs?
overall quite happy. If the 500lb Tiger800XC goes down it might protect my leg from being brocken. I can hoist the front of the bike up using the crash bars and i can grap the crash bars so i can lift up the bike when it tiips over
installation wasn't very easy without the right tools, i basically squeexed my hands into the frame between the radiator and then twisted my wrist backwards, it was easier with a swivel adapter and 12" 3/8" extension. on the right side the engine bolt isn't long enough and you don't get enough thread engagement. Typically 2-3 extra threads past the nut. I went to a local dealer on lincoln blvd. Santa Monica and went through a coffee can to find a used bolt that was a tad longer, don't remember the metric size. Called Altrider and they said that stock size was fine according to the engineer (jeromey?), but i argued that it was an engine bolt so doesn't make sense to take a chance. Also, when you buy from Altrider they throw in locktite to secure the lower stainless bolts that adjoins both sections. It says nothing in the directions. I did it just out of habit, since the torque setting is like 1.5ft/lb.
overall very good product and happy with the purchase. Install was a little cumbersome, but at least the directions weren't in German (touratech take note - i was calling for English translations)
March 14, 2013