AltRider is a very young but already big american company based in Seattle specialized in the production of bash plate and protection for the big bikes like Ktm 990, Bmw GS and so on. How the hell did i get their support? A big coincidence and thanks to Jeremy (owner of AltRider) and Carlo Boffi (ex-marketing manager of Braking and now living in New York).
This is how things went, AltRider had planned to come at the Milan EICMA show to start entering the european market and decided to bring with them Carlo Boffi as italian interpreter. Just some weeks before the show Carlo had discovered my story about attempting Dakar with no money and searching more info’s about me he managed to get the info that i was going to be at EICMA presenting my Dakar bike.
Carlo and Jeremy from AltRider came searching for me literally every day but everytime we never managed to be in the same place at the same time!hehe Finally during the last 2 days we managed to meet and both Carlo and Jeremy were really nice and interested in knowing about my Dakar plan then while we were talking they noticed my bike didn’t have a bash plate, they asked me if it was just precaution for the exposition or if i still hadn’t made it (having mounted a low exhaust there was no company that had a Berg skid plate for the low pipe and with a tool box). Furthermore the really big coincidence was that Jeremy rides a Husaberg back in the states and is a berg lover!!!! Immediately Jeremy proposed me to help me out and try to get me a bashplate made starting from and with the short time we had. Little problem i thought…..he lives in USA and i live in Italy, second i had no chance of giving him an extra low pipe to bring back with him, so things appeared to me impossible!!!!
I was absolutely with no words when Jeremy the same day and during the last day of the exposition started getting pieces of cardboard and trying to get and create a template!! I mean guys he runs a company and was there to expose his products and instead of having breaks he would constantly come over to my bike and in the middle of everyone work to create a cardboard template, i really never saw anyone work at such a fast and functional way!!! By the end of the show he had made a template and after he went back home i sent him images and measurements because meanwhile i made some changes on the pipe and the dimensions of the tool box i wanted on the bashplate. You won’t believe it but having only the images and the cardboard template they made and sent me the bashplate for the Dakar!!!
To end with not only Jeremy has been the most efficient partner i ever had but he also worked to get me another sponsor and thanks to him i managed to get the support from Shorai, as you may have read days ago they supplied me with batteries!! Big Thanks to Jeremy, Carlo, Erik (best wishes for his marriage!), to all the AltRider staff and to Shorai for all being so supportive in my project!!
AltRider other than their products they organize also some really cool events and rides about which you can read on their website and see some incredible videos! In my plans for 2012 is to be at one of their rides in USA so i will keep you updated on that after Dakar