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Old 01-21-2015, 08:02 AM   #1
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GSAw factory crash bars.

I'm looking to get on to an adventure bike.
in particular a 2015 R1200 GSAw.

Do the factory supplied crash bars provide adequate protection or should I be looking for some aftermarket substitute?

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Old 01-21-2015, 08:56 AM   #2
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If I had gone with a GSA instead of just a GS, I probably would have kept the factory BMW crash bars instead of swapping them out. Because I had no crash bars on my GS from the factory, I went with the Touratech uppers and lowers. I've heard that the stock crash bars are weak, but I've not owned them so I won't comment on them beyond that. The Touratech bars are pricey, but they seem very well made and I think they look great. They're made of stainless steel so they shouldn't rust. I don't know what the OEM bars are made of.

Others seem to really like the Altrider bars, but again I don't own them so I can't really comment on them.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:57 AM   #3
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Oem GSA bars are stainless
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:58 AM   #4
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Someone (I forget who) is making an extra brace for the GSA crashbar - ties that rear "loop" to the bike and makes it really strong.

Anyone else seen that? Link?
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:59 AM   #5
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Someone (I forget who) is making an extra brace for the GSA crashbar - ties that rear "loop" to the bike and makes it really strong.

Anyone else seen that? Link?
Tourtech I believe. I've been considering that.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:41 AM   #6
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Tourtech I believe. I've been considering that.

Yes, it's Tourtech.
I was just looking at their site.
They have both the lower reinforcing bars mentioned above as well as upper extensions to protect the tank more.....BUT they're not compatible with each other.
It's either /or not both.

I was leaning towards the upper extensions but am I thinking right?
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:57 AM   #7
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When they fall over they tend to fall on the cylinders first so the lower bars probably provide better protection for the bike. Make sure you get radiator guards.
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When they fall over they tend to fall on the cylinders first so the lower bars probably provide better protection for the bike. Make sure you get radiator guards.

I wonder if I use the lower protection bars will the MachineArtMoto valve cover protectors still work?

And thanks, I do have radiator guards on my list.
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Old 01-21-2015, 12:39 PM   #9
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Yes, it is Touratech - here is a video explaining how they work and why you should have them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-t...&v=Tn5l63J6r6I
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Old 01-21-2015, 01:05 PM   #10
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Someone (I forget who) is making an extra brace for the GSA crashbar - ties that rear "loop" to the bike and makes it really strong.

Anyone else seen that? Link?
I'd be worried about that putting stress on the frame, in the event of a tip over, amd BMW refusing any warranty on the frame in the future.
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Old 01-21-2015, 01:47 PM   #11
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I'd be worried about that putting stress on the frame, in the event of a tip over, amd BMW refusing any warranty on the frame in the future.
I had something similar on my 2010 and it took a hard hit or two over the years with no issues whatsoever. I'd think in a bad crash the plastic spacer bit would be the weak point over the frame so I think it would be ok.
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Old 01-21-2015, 01:50 PM   #12
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I wonder if I use the lower protection bars will the MachineArtMoto valve cover protectors still work?

And thanks, I do have radiator guards on my list.
I don't know but looking at the video and having looked at the valve cover protectors it seems like it would work. I'll probably put the lower reinforcement on mine when I get more motivation but I don't know that the additional valve covers would be needed if you have the lower reinforcement.
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Old 01-22-2015, 06:12 AM   #13
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It all depends on how hard the bike crashes or goes down. The weak point on the upper crash bars on the GSAWs is the top bracket. It is probably made to be somewhat "bendable". (because it is)
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:12 AM   #14
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I don't know but looking at the video and having looked at the valve cover protectors it seems like it would work. I'll probably put the lower reinforcement on mine when I get more motivation but I don't know that the additional valve covers would be needed if you have the lower reinforcement.
If you drop the bike on its side on flat Tarmac the bars will suffice, but drop it onto a lumpy surface with hard bumpy bits bigger than the bar thickness and you risk damage to the valve covers.
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Old 01-22-2015, 08:56 AM   #15
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Look at these (MachineArtMoto). They are likely sufficient by themselves but work with the BMW or TT crash bars.
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