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Secret Stash Box for the Triumph Explorer

Jun 13, 2013 // The AltRider Garage //

Innovation is standard when it comes to AltRider’s parts, whether it comes from engineering methods, design or features. Our latest innovation is the first in the ADV hard parts market – a secret stash box in the Triumph Tiger 1200 Crash Bars.

While they appear to be simple crash bars, these feature a hidden compartment that’s incorporated into the top end of each bar. Each stash box has an inside diameter of 1.08” wide x 4.7”deep (127.6 mm x 119 mm) with the cap in place. This inconspicuous storage spot is a practical application for everyday use or if you are traveling abroad on your motorcycle and need a place to conceal small personal items. All you have to do is screw off the end cap, stash your items, then screw the cap back on. Your items are not only hidden from any curious onlookers, but also completely protected from the elements.

Tips to Use the Secret Stash Box

 The following is an example of how to correctly utilize the 2 stash boxes located on the AltRider crash bars.

Step 1) Remove the Cap

To remove the cap, simply turn the cap counter clockwise (lefty-loosey). You will feel some resistance --this is normal. There is a weather seal inside the cap to keep water and dirt from getting inside the crash bars.

Step 2) Choose and Review Your Items

Remember that the opening is an inch in diameter so you have to be strategic with what you carry in each stash box. Here is a suggested list of items you can carry…

  • Currency
  • Spare Key (non-motorcycle)
  • SD card (no cases)
  • Copy of insurance
  • Copy of health insurance
  • Copy of driver’s license or passport
  • Copy of credit card
  • Copy of registration

Step 3) Pack Your Items

We recommend you pack all of your belongings in a resealable plastic bag (Zip-Loc). The best way to pack is to lay all items flat and to stack them to one side. You will end up wrapping the bag around the bolt, so keep this in mind when packing and do not try to pack too thick.

Step 4) Put the Cap Back On

After packing the items, the cap will need to be screwed back on. First, place the bolt on top of your stash bag which should be lying flat. Next, roll the cap over to one side and then roll the stash bag around the bolt.

Reinsert the bolt with the stash bag wrapped around it. The top of the stash bag has to be down inside the tube about a 1/2 inch to allow the cap to bottom out. Push the cap down all the way and start to thread into the nut at the bottom of the tube. Sometimes you will have to search for threads depending on how evenly packed your stash bag is. Turn clockwise (righty-tighty) until the cap bottoms out against the tube to ensure it is properly sealed.

Tip: Fold a piece of bailing wire around your stash bag while it is laying flat. This can help you fish the bag back out if the bolt does not catch the bag. Bailing wire is also a great thing to have on hand in case you need to stitch up a loose or cracked fairing. 

Tip: Wrap bolt (except for the last 1” – 1.5”) in electrical tape or cover in shrink wrap. This will prevent the bolt from wearing through your thin plastic stash bag if you have hard objects packed inside.

Tip: Apply some Vaseline to the outside of the ring seal to allow for easier reinstallation.

Removing Stash Bag

To remove your stash bag, simply unscrew the cap and use the bolt to catch the bag and pull it up if you cannot access bag with your fingers alone.

Order your AltRider Crash Bars for the Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 – available now in black and silver!