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Old 07-30-2013, 12:21 AM   #10126
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I'm thinking more along the lines of the engine guards providing enough protection that you can ride the bike home after binning it versus having to call a tow truck. I've experienced or seen this enough times that I always install engine guards when possible.

Tough question about the head guards, depends on what's behind them (hard rubber padding is good) and how hard it hits. I had the OEMs on my R1100RT and they did save the cylinder head from damage when a car banged into it while suddenly swinging into my lane. Put a nice crease along the car's side...
The TT cilinderheadprotection is spaced using a number of hard plastic mounts that break on impact (take the energy of the fall).
They also have a visual purpous in making it more tough looking.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:33 AM   #10127
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I'm thinking more along the lines of the engine guards providing enough protection that you can ride the bike home after binning it versus having to call a tow truck. I've experienced or seen this enough times that I always install engine guards when possible.

Tough question about the head guards, depends on what's behind them (hard rubber padding is good) and how hard it hits. I had the OEMs on my R1100RT and they did save the cylinder head from damage when a car banged into it while suddenly swinging into my lane. Put a nice crease along the car's side...
Good point re riding home after a spill.

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The TT cilinderheadprotection is spaced using a number of hard plastic mounts that break on impact (take the energy of the fall).
They also have a visual purpous in making it more tough looking.
That's making my decision harder
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:45 AM   #10128
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I have a set of factory engine guards and have a set of Touratech head guards that I hope will fit. If they do not I will get a set of Twisted Throttle head guards.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:19 AM   #10129
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We greatly appreciate your response. I will pass this one to the SIL and the chances are good we will be down as we are about an hour away and he has a healthy budget for this bike.
Great ask for me. I'd love to meet you guys.

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Old 07-30-2013, 09:19 AM   #10130
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I have a set of factory engine guards and have a set of Touratech head guards that I hope will fit. If they do not I will get a set of Twisted Throttle head guards.
I couldn't see head guards on the Twisted Throttle website.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:48 AM   #10131
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Looking at the BMW bars in the garage just now, there seems to be a design flaw, as the bottom of the cylinder will always touch the ground in a drop.





So, I'm thinking that the Touratech cylinder guards are definitely the way to go.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:56 AM   #10132
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Looking at the BMW bars in the garage just now, there seems to be a design flaw, as the bottom of the cylinder will always touch the ground in a drop.



I wouldn't be so sure, put some cardboard or a rug on the floor and gently lay the bike down to see if that's true.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:00 AM   #10133
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Looking at the BMW bars in the garage just now, there seems to be a design flaw, as the bottom of the cylinder will always touch the ground in a drop.

*snip pics

So, I'm thinking that the Touratech cylinder guards are definitely the way to go.
The guy at Altrider (Jason?) laid a 13 with BMW bars on it's side (MOA rally) after telling me the same thing.
The valve cover didn't touch. (The guards did flex enough for the rubber to touch the valve cover.)

That said: I went with the Touratechs because they appear to offer more coverage and because he didn't have any of his stuff ready.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:03 AM   #10134
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The Twisted Throttle cylinder head guards are not on the website yet but they are in the video. If they are like there other products they will be a better quality than the Touratech guards that I bought. At some time in the future I may change out the factory engine guards for ATLriders. Many times I tend to get what is available then get a better product when it becomes available. At this time we are limited by what is released. I do have to complement Twisted Throttle for not putting the guards online until they have them available. Wunderlich has many items for sale that they have not released or even have an expected release date.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:37 AM   #10135
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Be sure to only lay it down on linoleum floors- those bars are worthless. I always found Hepco did a good job at avoiding stupid designs like that- what do they have for this application?
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:32 AM   #10136
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I wouldn't be so sure, put some cardboard or a rug on the floor and gently lay the bike down to see if that's true.
Mine had a lay down this weekend, after rolling off the side stand, and the underneath of the cylinder is covered in scratches.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:31 PM   #10137
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Mine had a lay down this weekend, after rolling off the side stand, and the underneath of the cylinder is covered in scratches.
BMW engineering = oxymoron

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Old 07-30-2013, 01:42 PM   #10138
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Be sure to only lay it down on linoleum floors- those bars are worthless. I always found Hepco did a good job at avoiding stupid designs like that- what do they have for this application?


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Old 07-30-2013, 03:48 PM   #10139
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:18 PM   #10140
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Usually the best design out there for these bikes- Not surprised to see them address the key issue here, protecting the heads in a tip over.
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