After getting my Africa Twin Adventure Sport I sized up the crash bars (or “perimeter lightbar” as Honda calls it) and decided that I needed much better crash protection with the areas I plan on riding the ATAS in/on. That thought was cemented after watching Motorcycle.coms Big Bore Adventure Touring Shootout and one from earlier this year where a tester in UK had the exact same thing happen . Even a mild tip over broke the vulnerable stator cover and ended the days ride. After having tested the high fender kit from AltRider and witnessed the quality of their parts the decision of crash protection was simple. I ordered the full crashbar system from AltRider. I knew that there may be a wait after speaking with Bruce as they were re-designing the upper crashbars to fit the ATAS. He told me that the standard AT crashbars would fit, but they did not feel that there was enough clearance between the bars and the tank to prevent the bars from contacting the fairing in the event of a high impact crash. The ATAS with the larger tank required the bars to be flared out slightly to provide the needed clearance. I also placed an order for the AltRider skidplate at the same time. The factory one was thin to save weight and I did not put much stock in its ability to protect the engine from a hard impact as it was riveted, in an impact rivets shear very easily. To top this off, the oil filter is very close to it and a hard impact could drive the plate back into the oil filter and completely ruin the ride (not to mention the bike). I think a few Super Tenere owners can verify this.... I received the crashbar system about 3 weeks after placing the order but the parts were well worth the wait. Having worked as a welder for several years I always look at welds first. These were some of the best welds that I have seen on any motorcycle parts, the quality was phenomenal. The first task was to remove the factory crash bars and skidplate, I easily removed them within the span of about 5 minutes and that was taking time for pictures. The AltRider skidplate is about 3 times the thickness of the Honda factory plate, it is a very sturdy piece. The Honda plate is much thinner than it actually looks due the way it was stamped. AltRider put a lot of design into their plate, note how the bends/welds Y off rather than just stopping. That feature will provide much greater strength preventing the bend from buckling under an impact, it will also help prevent cracks from forming under a cyclic load such as vibration.