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Old 10-11-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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2014 GSAdventure Upper Crash bars

Anyone have an idea when they (or if they are) available? I put the Touratech Upper Crash Bars on Dirtgrllls 2013 GS and I'm quite impressed in their quality, fit and level of protection they give.

I've talked to Touratech about them and they just blew me off with a canned answer ("With all the 2014 800GSA's that BMW is predicting will be sold I'm sure our guys in Germany are working on them!").

I'm anxious to take it offroad but with short legs and no upper crash bars I'm reluctant to even think about it.
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:43 AM   #2
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H&B are coming out with theirs within the end of this year... let's hope its more november than december :o)
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:51 AM   #3
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I talked with the guys at Touratech Seattle and was told they were actually in the works. Altrider said they would look at uppers after they built a set of lower bars.
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:10 AM   #4
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Coincidentally, I came here for the purpose of starting a thread on just this topic; glad to see it's already going.

I wrote to Touratech USA and got a reply two days ago that they plan to release a set, however Touratech Germany has not given them an ETA.

I've also asked Wunderlich and TwistedThrottle and will post if I hear anything. I'm surprised SW-Motech's aren't already released; I like the brand and would be happy to buy their's without hesitation. Hepko and Becker I hold in the same regard so either would make me happy.

Personally, I'll be buying the first set that comes available as will many others I expect. You would think the "first-to-market" race would spur them to do the development and manufacture rapidly.
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:32 AM   #5
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By the way, here's a picture of what the SW-Motech crashbars look like.

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Old 10-12-2013, 11:47 AM   #6
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GIVI is also working on specific bars for the Adv
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:33 AM   #7
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I will prolly go with a set of the Touratech upper frame/engine guards. It would be great if they powder coat them silver to match the lower engine guard on the 2014 F8 ADV.....are ya listening T/T?
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Old 10-17-2013, 05:51 PM   #8
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SW-Motech's (German) website has been updated, showing upper crashbars.

http://shop.sw-motech.com/cgi-bin/co...ypid=115424487

Hopefully they'll be shipping soon to North American retailers.
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I checked the others including Hepco & Becker and don't see anything yet, so it appears (not surprisingly) that SW-Motech is going to win the 'first to market' race.

Price as advertised on Germany's SW-Motech site is 159.95 Euros ($225.05 Canadian dollars at today's rate). Personally, I'm a tad disappointed as I was hoping for something larger and higher up the side of the faux tank, especially for what will sell for $300 in North American retailers' shops. Thinking I'll wait a bit to see what Touratech's version looks like (fingers crossed).
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Old 10-17-2013, 05:59 PM   #9
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I chatted with SW-Mo USA yesterday. They're not carrying them yet BUTT can order them.

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Old 10-17-2013, 06:06 PM   #10
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... It would be great if they powder coat them silver to match the lower engine guard on the 2014 F8 ADV.....are ya listening T/T?
UGH, Silver?!?! Really?!?! There's enough silver on this bike already. Shiny metal is for chromed-up Harley's, no place on an adventure bike. TT- Make my bars black, please. :)
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:23 PM   #11
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I wanted to let you all know that uppers for the GS are coming very soon and we're also creating an AltRider upper crash bar for the GSA as well. Prototypes of the uppers are dropping any day now so we’ll get you solid dates and pictures soon.

Some renders of the uppers for the GS --it will give you an idea of what the uppers for the GSA will resemble but they will be designed to fit the OEM lower bars.



Hand TIG welded, precise fitment, quality fasteners and available in shot peen silver and powder coated black.



We'll get you shots of the prototype when we have them.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:54 PM   #12
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Thank you....now that's how customer service should be in a connected world. Thanks for keeping us updated.
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:44 PM   #13
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Just picked up the lower bars toady and am on the preorder list for these when they come in at Blackfoot Direct, the western Canada supplier for AltRider gear.
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:25 PM   #14
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I'm struggling to choose between Hepco&Becker and SW-Motech:

http://neu.hepco-becker.de/Montagean...02606.0001.pdf
http://shop.sw-motech.com/cosmoshop/...27_10000_b.pdf

HB would come upper and offer a nice place to attach auxiliary high beams, but the mounting might allow the bars to move and touch the panels when it should protect them?
SWM seems to have sturdier mounting, but protection doesn't come as high. Don't know if it's really any problem, I think these bars should be touching ground first most times anyway.

On my earlier F800GS '08 I had Adventure Spec bars, which were absolutely perfect.

Or maybe I'll wait a bit to see if other options as Altrider comes available. The winter season is starting now here, so I have some time.
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:21 PM   #15
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Looks like we'll have some great options to choose from soon. I'm not going off road on my GSA until I get these. Nice insurance to have for sure.
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