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AltRider: Venture On

Once in a while you come across a company who exist sole because they have found their passion and want to share it with other like minded people.  The perfect example of this is AltRider.  The company is passionate about bikes and design their products not just for customers but also for themselves:

Like you, the members of the AltRider team ride and expect performance and value from their products.

I recently ordered some parts from AltRider: a potentiometer guard; Garmin Rino GPS mount; T-Shirt; etc. Along with the items that I ordered, the parcel that arrived also contain a glossy brochure that made me want to max out my credit card, plus a stack of stickers to help me advertise them.

This evening I finally got around to putting one of the sets of stickers on my bike:

AltRider: Removing Backing Plastic

The stickers came with a plastic coating that made applying them a piece of cake.  I was tempted to leave this coating on as I didn’t want to damage the lettering.  However, aesthetics got the better of it and I took the top layer off.  I shouldn’t have worried as it came off easily.

AltRider: Viewed from front AltRider: Viewed form rear

 

I’ve ordered parts from many companies now but this is the first time I’ve put their sitckers on my bike.  So why now?  Simple: AltRider is awesome! Their parts are well designed, functional, and great to look at.  Their service is top notch, referring me to a local provider to save me money on postage. Finally, they’re fostering a community around their company.

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About The Author

Adrian Ritchie

Aidy has been riding motorbikes since just after he left university in 2003. His first bike was a 1988 Suzuki GSX-R750 bought for £1000. His second bike was a Suzuki GSF600 Bandit, bought for his adventure to Norway in 2005. Two years later he sold the Bandit to Shane (for him to learn on) and upgrade to a BMW R1200GS... which was promptly trashed one month later by a SMIDSY. Having had the R1200GS repaired, Aidy has spent the next three years giving it a damn good thrashing off-road. 2011 saw the R1200GS take to the remote tracks and desert pistes of Morocco... it managed to keep up with the 650 enduro bikes that make up the rest of the group and made it back to Guernsey in (mostly) one piece. In January 2012, he traded in the R1200GS for a new R1200GS Adventure, planning to use the Pegaso 650 for off-road racing. However, the lure of smaller enduro bikes proved too strong and in April 2012 purchased a BMS G450X