AltRider Dual Control Brake System for BMW R1200GS
Equally important for adventure riders is the added control afforded by effective rear brake usage. Tension between brake and clutch/throttle improves low speed stability, and a skillful brake skid can set up a turn or help direct the machine around obstacles when weaving down a steep slope. Relative pedal position changes completely from standing to sitting. For example, a maximum-performance braking maneuver requires the rider to move as far aft as possible, which limits forward articulation of the ankle, already somewhat limited when wearing stiff boots. BMW’s R Series Adventure models attempt to compensate for this with a flip-down pedal, but they are fussy and often left in only one position once set.
AltRider’s new Dual Control Brake System is a beautifully machined and brilliantly simple device that enhances the stock GS brake pedal in three ways. A fixed, billet aluminum enlarger plate makes the business end of the pedal almost impossible to miss; however, it is also more at risk for a rock strike. A folding design would be helpful here. A bolt-on riser (available in two height options) provides a taller perch for the toe to engage when needed, and optional grip pins can be screwed in place to optimize traction. The brake snake, a stout stainless steel cable, prevents weeds and saplings from fouling the pedal.
Ergonomics are critical to managing a heavyweight adventure machine. AltRider’s Dual Brake System is a serious improvement to the rear brake. Components are available as a kit or in individual pieces. MSRP: $69.97 AltRider.com
|▲ Improved finesse when wearing stiff boots||▼ Larger pedal is more susceptible to rock strikes|
|▲ Enlarger plate is almost impossible to miss||▼ A folding design would be helpful
|▲ Second position eases access, even when standing or moving rearward||▼ No more excuses for running into your riding buddy
|▲ Brake snake sheds weeds and saplings|
|▲ Incredible fit and finish|