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View Results: Which Engine Protection Bars do you use for your R1200GS (Wethead or earlier)?
BMW 68 32.38%
Hepco-Becker 40 19.05%
Wunderlich 2 0.95%
Touratech 45 21.43%
AltRider 30 14.29%
SW-Mototech 21 10.00%
MotoGeist 3 1.43%
Ilum Works 2 0.95%
Other (let us know the brand in a post - with pics) 6 2.86%
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:29 PM   #1
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R1200GS Crash Protection Bars - one place

Hi everyone,

This Thread and Poll applies to all GSs (wethead, camhead, hexhead...)

AND I am going to try to add a poll, but I don't know if it will work, here it goes...

I have been searching here, BMWMOA, manufacturer sites, etc for the various options for crash protection bars for the R1200GS Wethead.

So, if everyone is game, and to keep things all in one spot, can you post a picture of your bike with your protection bars/systems and tell us

1. The make
2. Why you choose it/them
3. Does it interfere in any ways with maintenance or servicing (e.g. do you have to remove it first?)
4. How's the fit and finish, does it meet BMW quality, tolerances, fit and finish?
5. How easy/hard it was to install
6. How well do you think it will protect your bike (vs reasons other systems that maybe you felt wouldn't meet your needs?)
7. And any other good stuff about protection systems you think people should know about before they purchase.

List of bars I have looked at...are there others?

BMW (must scroll down the page)
Engine: http://www.bmw-motorrad.ca/ca/en/index.html

Upper: N/A

Hepco-Becker
Engine: http://www.motomachines.com/Hepco-Be...te_p_3463.html

Upper: http://www.motomachines.com/Tank-Gua...te_p_3464.html

Wunderlich
Engine: http://www.wunderlichamerica.com/mot...40101-102.html

Upper: http://www.wunderlichamerica.com/mot...50201-202.html

Touratech
Engine: http://shop.touratech-canada.com/sta...from-2013.html

Upper: http://shop.touratech-canada.com/sta...from-2013.html

AltRider
Engine: http://www.altrider.com/altrider-cra...pid/1125/cid/1

Upper: http://www.altrider.com/altrider-upp...pid/1128/cid/1

SW-Mototech
Engine: http://shop.sw-motech.com/cgi-bin/co...ypid=128747352

Upper: http://shop.sw-motech.com/cgi-bin/co...ypid=128747354

MotoGeist
Engine: http://www.motogeist.com/content/201...0gs-crash-bars

Upper: N/A

Illum Works
Engine: http://www.iliumworks.com/BMW_Motorc...=28-700&pID=90

Upper: N/A

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Old 02-10-2014, 09:46 AM   #2
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:17 AM   #3
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Excellent. 11 votes so far! Please keep 'em coming!
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Old 02-10-2014, 08:12 PM   #4
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I would like to also poll the BMW OEM users if they or the dealer experienced difficulty with installation due to a mount point being 1cm off -it just be me, can it?
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:59 PM   #5
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Wow great participation. So far 36 responses, in less than two days.

Get your vote in if you haven't had a chance to do it yet.

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Old 02-12-2014, 06:44 AM   #6
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Updated ILIUM Link...

http://www.iliumworks.com/BMW_Motorc...=28-700&pID=90
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:40 AM   #7
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I believe the engine guards on my bike are the stock stainless steel BMW guards. They mount to the frame under the gas tank and over the engine bash plate. They seem well made and of quality material. I'm pretty sure you can run the valve tolerances with them mounted but they must be unbolted to remove the sump bash plate to access the engine oil filter. Honestly I have thought of removing them only because I prefer a cleaner looking bike and I don't plan to crash the bike. Hey Gaston Raiher didn't run them on his bike!
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:16 AM   #8
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1. Altrider
2. Recommended by offroad riding course. I hesitated between AR and Touratech. The AR skidplate made the system a strong contender. But mostly, Touratech is currently out of stock and I didn't feel like waiting :p
3. 4. 5. They're in transit, I'll report after installing them
6. From reviews, I'm very confident those bars will work great in case of need.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:50 PM   #9
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Nice thread. I've had my bike since early Jan, clocking 550 miles in spite of the weather but haven't gotten crash bars yet. The open access to the cylinder heads is important to me and that, along with otherwise 'minimalist' design draw me to the Altrider and the Iliums. The ARs are stainless and available with uppers, but I think the Iliums are a cleaner look. Since I'm taking the BMW off road class in April, I may hold off my decision until after the class.
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Old 02-14-2014, 06:43 AM   #10
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Yo, didn't vote but mine came w/ HB upper and lower. After buying the bike I wanted to delve into it a bit and found that the front engine cover that conceals the alternator belt couldn’t be accessed without removing the lower bars. Removal required a pretty long socket extension to get to mount bolts. Turns out that the side plastics don’t come off without removing the upper bars. OP had mucked up the bolt heads attaching the uppers to lowers and I couldn’t get into where the uppers attached to the frame pieces enough to make it easy to remove them. Needed a dremel with cutting wheel for removal of uppers.

Revised the mounting of the uppers slightly so the nuts on the U-bolts access from the inside. New bolts to bolt the two together with protruding heads so if the hex recesses are turned the head can be attacked with a vice grip. All working and I love them but they come off for any maintenance. Carry tools including a long socket extension so I can get to all the mounting bolts.

Working on the R100GS was so easy. Change air cleaner in less than a minute. The R12, seems like minimum ˝ hour to set up for oil change. Maybe 1 hour to change air filter. Ah well. Ain’t giving it up.
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....haven't gotten crash bars yet.....Since I'm taking the BMW off road class in April, I may hold off my decision until after the class.

If you plan to use your own bike, I would suggest you get crash bars before you go. You will likely see your bike on the ground at some point in the class.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:48 AM   #12
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bmw bars coupled with the machineart valve cover guards

great protection.

My list of requirements:
1. stainless
2. allows GSA length shock install
3. minimal width addition, preferably none
4. price


Went with BMW. met all the requirements, and with the MaMo valve guard covers, it's pretty robust.

I am contemplating getting the TT upper guards, mostly b/c i would like to add lights and don't like the look of light bars or the fragility of the beak mounted kits. The added protection would be nice too.
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Old 02-14-2014, 03:37 PM   #13
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1. The make
2. Why you choose it/them
3. Does it interfere in any ways with maintenance or servicing (e.g. do you have to remove it first?)
4. How's the fit and finish, does it meet BMW quality, tolerances, fit and finish?
5. How easy/hard it was to install
6. How well do you think it will protect your bike (vs reasons other systems that maybe you felt wouldn't meet your needs?)
7. And any other good stuff about protection systems you think people should know about before they purchase.
1. AltRider
2. U.S. Designed, U.S. Made, U.S. Company, I liked the look, and the valves can be serviced with the bars on.
3. Oil Changes and Valves without bar/plate removal
4. Flawless.
5. Easy to install. I did it by myself in about 90 minutes.
6. I'm hoping the bars will do well when I drop the bike in the dirt. I liked the larger diameter steel used and how it mounted to the bike (no direct mounts to the engine). It also looks like it would keep the bike of the shift/brake levers and allow greater leverage to right the bike after a tip-over.
7. I think all crash protection can be situationally effective. Sometimes having the bike encased in foam wouldn't save it and make sure it looks good for your Starbucks posing.





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If you plan to use your own bike, I would suggest you get crash bars before you go. You will likely see your bike on the ground at some point in the class.
Well, I agree and plan to ride mine down, and use one of theirs.
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Well, I agree and plan to ride mine down, and use one of theirs.
Good idea! What course are you taking? (who is putting it on?)
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