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Tenere Tragics: Testing AltRider parts in the Australian Outback

Mar 23, 2011 // Trips on Two Wheels //

It seems like the last few months have had a theme here at the AltRider office: Yamaha blue.

As we developed and prototyped our hard parts for the Super Tenere XT1200Z, it seemed like we were eating and breathing and thinking of nothing but that bike. When we sent it back to our Australian distributor, Steve at AdventureMoto, it was like losing a member of our crew.

So it was good to hear the Tenere was doing well in the Outback. In fact, after Steve covered it in all our new production parts, he took it on the first Tenere Tragics Ride.


AltRider parts for the Yamaha Super Tenere XT1200Z

AdventureMoto's Super Tenere XT1200Z with AltRider parts

AltRider crash bars and skid plate for the Yamaha Super Tenere

AltRider parts for the Tenere in Australia

AltRider hard parts for the Super Tenere

The ride organizer, Clubby from Trail Zone Magazine, used some of our parts, too, but admitted he wished he’d had more:

“I ran the AltRider rear rack, header pipe cover, rear master cylinder cover and shaft pinion cover on our Yamaha XT1200Z Project Bike courtesy of Steve 'Wolfman' Smith on the ride, and all came through with flying colours! And let me tell you, I am eyeing off the AltRider bashplate as well! I was lucky/careful enough to get through the ride with no 'undercarriage incidents'.”

Some riders who didn’t get AltRider parts were not that lucky. One participant, Graeme, pulled up alongside some group members, only to have them point out the pool of oil forming under his sump. Despite having a skid plate installed, he’d punched a hole and was in trouble. Out in the middle of nowhere, Graeme lucked out: someone was carrying metal putty and was able to patch up his bike (you can read more about it on the Tenere Tragics blog).


An AltRider skid plate would've helped, but steel epoxy was a quick solution

Two other gents had the same experience, confirming to us that our mounting system for the AltRider skid plate – using complex and stout bracketry– was a wise decision.  Sometimes you wonder if you’re over-engineering something, but in this case I think we made the right choice.

AltRider protection for the Yamaha Super Tenere XT1200Z

We’re pretty happy that these skid plates are now available to start protecting Super Teneres worldwide. Make sure the next time you go off the pavement, you’ve got strong sump protection… and a stick of steel epoxy.