2013 BMW R1200GS AccessoriesFor over 30 years, BMW’s GS line has been a benchmark for adventure motorcycles, and the 2013 water-cooled BMW R 1200 GS raises the bar even higher.
With the addition of liquid cooling to the iconic boxer motor, the new GS puts out an impressive 125 horsepower. AltRider’s new adventure accessories are the pinnacle of protection for the new 2013 BMW R 1200 GS.Premium Crash BarsAltRider’s Crash Bars for this bike utilize a 1.25“ (31.75 mm) stainless steel tubing making them the largest diameter bars on the market. Rawhyde (the official West Coast BMW Off-Road Training School) has been outfitting their BMW motorcycles with AltRider gear for the past three years. This real world testing yielded great insight on targeting where we can improve the already sturdy bars. Available in silver, black and other powder coat finishes.The mounting locations for the crash bars result in even impact distribution from one side of the bars to the other. While the top front mount utilizes two bolts per side for extra strength, the rear mount uses a custom machined through-bolt that replaces the OEM engine mount hardware. These bars make for a solid foundation for the release of the upper AltRider crash bars, available later in 2013.AltRider crash bars are the integrated 3/16” (4.76 mm) lower flanges designed to interface with an AltRider skid plate. This creates a robust modular protection system that doesn’t mount directly to the motor. All AltRider joints are 5-axis laser cut, creating a perfect union before the bars are hand TIG welded in a jig.Safeguarding the SumpLike the AltRider crash bars, the AltRider skid plate was completely redesigned for the 2013 model. To maintain greater ground clearance, a flat plate of 3/16” (4.76 mm) anodized aluminum is utilized, with no bolts on the bottom side to snag. The innovative design maintains ground clearance, giving exceptional cornering ability of the BMW R 1200 GS.From the leading front corner of the headers to just before the rear tire, the entire bottom side of the motor is shielded from impact. In an effort to maintain simplicity, removal of the skid plate isn’t required to change the oil – the drain plug and oil filter are completely accessible.The front of the AltRider plate gets its brute strength from stainless steel brackets that mount directly to the frame. The brackets are secured with the two sturdy M12 TORX frame bolts, preventing the flange from pivoting on impact. The rear of the skid plate is held in place with two custom machined fasteners that replace the center stand pins. This mounting system is an industry first that provides an extremely clean look, while remaining powerful and simple to install.Leader of the PackThe AltRider Luggage Rack for the new BMW R 1200 GS is as functional as it is stylish. The AltRider luggage rack system includes the pillion rack or the rear rack, sold separately or together as one conjoined luggage system. Installation for both luggage racks is straightforward – the pillion rack uses the keyed latch of the pillion seat to lock in place while the rear rack fastens using provided hardware and existing bolt holes. Both the AltRider pillion and rear rack are compatible with RotopaX fuel packs and RAM mounts.Also available soon are the radiator guard and side stand foot for the 2013 BMW R 1200 GS. AltRider will soon be introducing a full suite of protection accessories for the 2013 BMW R 1200 GS. The rear brake reservoir guard, master cylinder guard and upper crash bars will be available by the end of 2013.For additional information on AltRider products for the 2013 BMWR1200GS, click here.
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In our second segment, Teejay chats with Cait Maher, a contributing journalist at motorcycle.com and owner of a Yamaha TW200. The two ladies met at the recent launch of Kawasaki’s dual sport KLX230s. Teejay is a total novice off-road. Cait however, although quite experienced in the dirt including her recent venture on the District 37 Barstow to Las Vegas dual-sport ride, still doesn’t consider herself an expert. Both of these girls have a positive, upbeat attitude, and their fun, energetic outlook shines through. Cait is definitely a give-it-a-go type of personality. Her take on the various challenges, experiences and adventures that she’s had make for fun listening.