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Did You Know? An Analysis of the Africa Twin Adventure Sports Protection

Aug 03, 2018 // The AltRider Garage //

The exciting new Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports model comes with bars and a skid plate, does it offer the protection I need for adventure?

Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Honda states the bars are not “crash bars,” but instead are a “light bar.” Reviewing the hardware connecting the light bar to the bike you can clearly see that it was never intended to withstand an impact. Compare the Honda brackets for the light bar to the brackets for the AltRider Crash Bars.

Honda Brackets vs AltRider brackets for Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports

The Honda brackets are 2.05 mm steel and will not take much to bend, in addition the rubber mounts allow the bars to flex into the bodywork. The brackets for the AltRider Crash Bar System are 4.88 mm thick stainless steel, about 2.5 times thicker.


So the Africa Twin Adventure Sports model comes with a light bar, should I consider AltRider Crash Bars?

Comparing the upper Honda Bracket to the AltRider Upper Crash Bar bracket it becomes clear why Honda calls their bar a “light bar” as opposed to a “crash bar”. The black bracket is Honda’s, and the silver bracket is AltRider’s.

Africa Twin Adventure Sports Brackets: Honda vs AltRider

Notice the Honda bracket has 2 thin tabs that are the entirety of the upper connection, much of the force of any impact will be directed to these 2 tabs that are only 2.05 mm thick. Comparing the connection points between Honda's and AltRider's brackets it becomes obvious why AltRider’s Crash Bars will offer protection that the Honda system was never intended for.

Africa Twin Adventure Sports Brackets: Honda vs AltRider

Now that you're aware, build your bike for the riding you intend to do. If you are looking to for some off road action and want protection, don't plan on the Honda bars offer much protection. In fact, when industry legend Jimmy Lewis and journalist Jon Beck of Dirt Bike Test reviewed the Adventure Sports model they mention the fact that the bar is meant to be a light bar, not a crash bar, see minute 42:00 of their Facebook video.


The Africa Twin Adventure Sports comes with a Honda skid plate, why would I consider an AltRider Skid Plate?

Honda’s skid plate initially looks impressive, however, there are 2 major flaws. Thin aluminum and rivets don’t create an effective skid plate. Using 2.60 mm thick aluminum the Honda skid plate can be bent by hand, AltRider’s is 4.10 mm aluminum. AltRider’s Skid Plate is a single piece with TIG welded seams, designed to take many hits over a long period time.

Africa Twin Adventure Sports Skid Plate: Honda vs AltRider

Africa Twin Adventure Sports Skid Plate: Honda vs AltRider

What’s the problem with rivets? Rivets are applied by impact (peening) to expand/flare the rivet, creating a friction joint. The same force that expanded the rivet will occur again when hitting an obstacle. The impact can move the rivet and loosen the seam. Once a weak point on the seam occurs, this places extra stress on the other rivets and the seam will eventually fail. TIG welding is a fusion joint vs. friction joint; while a significantly more expensive method, it is ideal for the off-road environment.

Africa Twin Adventure Sports Skid Plate: Honda vs AltRider


The new Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports is an exciting new bike to take you where you want to go! If you’re someone who loves to ride off-road with rough conditions, protect your bike accordingly.

Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports with AltRider Protection


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// Aug 08, 2018
This is a very informative article. I am new to ADV riding and recently purchased a 2018 Adventure Sport. This morning I ordered the AltRider Upper and Lower Crash Bars and the AltRider Skid Plate. This is a significant investment in protective equipment, but after reading this article - I know I made the correct decision.
42564.garage_profile // Jul 16, 2019
Hello, I wanted to share my experience with the Altrider crash bars. The installation was reasonably strait forward. The support bar connecting the upper and lower bar could used some type of marking showing the top and bottom end of the bar along with something added to the instruction showing which end gets connected where. My only complaint is with the lower bar on the left or shift lever side of the bike. I wear a size 13 adventure boot and on several occasions when I have gone to down shift, instead of being able to hit the shift lever I hit the lower bar with the sole of my boot. This typically happens when I am in a hurry and need the engine to help slow me down and I'm less focused on my foot placement. As a result I ended up using only my front and rear brakes to slow me down when I could have used the engine to help. My suggestion is to move the back portion of the bar forward approximately .5 inches. Please feel free to contact me with questions Kevin Maynard 303-204-2129
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