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Old 09-07-2007, 06:18 AM   #1
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Anyone running engine guards on their RT?

I have my shiney new R1200RT and want to keep it that way, in the event of an accident, brain fart, etc. I'm considering adding the Touratech engine guards. Do any of you run these? Do you have a photo of your bike with them in place? Are there any specific pro's or con's other than their intended purpose? Is there a better option?

Just looking for more helpful advice. Thanks!
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Old 09-07-2007, 06:49 AM   #2
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I think the only option formy 1150 rt was the OEM/police variety. I'm sure that is available to youas wel,l albeit at a price that yo may not like. Have a look at the parts fiche at Max Bmw. I don't thik you can go wrong...
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Old 09-07-2007, 08:17 AM   #3
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I've stayed away from them, primarily because you need to take them off to get the bodywork off.

I went with the plastic guards on the heads.
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Old 09-08-2007, 01:31 PM   #4
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I have the Wunderlich bars on my 2007. two bolts and one set screw per side to remove the bars. It normally takes me an extra 5 minutes to remove/replace them on the rare occasions when I remove the body work. I like them, because I've managed to drop every bike I've ever had while pushing it around the garage. Mostly because I'm an uncoordinated dork . Your experience may vary. I figure that they're cheap insurance.
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Old 09-08-2007, 02:17 PM   #5
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I went with the plastic guards on the heads.
Same here.

I suppose if you toss it down the road, the bars will help, but probably won't help that much in a tipover. You're still going to hit the mirror and the saddlebag. Plus I think they look kinda funky. But whatever, it's your bike, do what you want.
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Old 09-08-2007, 03:06 PM   #6
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I park my R1150RT on the sidewalk near the front door at work. Don't ask me why, but one of our less intelligent shop guys was driving a forklift on the sidewalk and clipped the saddlebag, knocking the bike over. It popped the mirror off and scratched the plastic head guard. I'd rather have scratched plastic than scratched magnesium.
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Old 09-09-2007, 07:06 PM   #7
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I have the Touratechs on the floor next to the bike ready 4 installation. Of course Friday on my way to work I stalled the bike in a low speed turn and it dropped like a rock! Popped the mirror off, scratched the pannier, and of couse messed up the valve cover that I could have protected had I made the installation a priority

Oh well - such is life! Only 600 miles on the bike though!
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Old 09-09-2007, 09:26 PM   #8
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New valve covers cost about $100 each. I got tired of futzing with the protectors, so whenever the covers get boogered up enough, I'll buy new ones.
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Old 09-13-2007, 06:22 PM   #9
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Tried to install the Touratechs on the RT and said no after a few tries. I could make it happen, but each time I did the valves it would be a PITA. The left side is not an issue, but the right one is tough. The cylinder is further to the rear on the right and there is not enough room for a torx socket and wratchet to fit without taking off some panels.

Looks like I will not worry about it. Anyone want these for their GS? I got them for $149 and would sell for that, plus I will cover shipping in CONUSA!
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