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Old 01-26-2015, 04:40 PM   #1
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2014 R1200 GS Crashbars

I am having trouble deciding between Alt Rider crash bars and Touratech Crash Bard for my 2014 R1200 GS. Any input is greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-26-2015, 05:45 PM   #2
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I had the same dilemma and went with AltRider but I don't think there is a bad choice between these two. Having not inspected either, the deciding factor for me was not having to loosen/remove them when it comes time for the valve check and I like the look of the slightly larger diameter tubing on the lower bars. 1 1/4 inch vs 1.

I'm usually not impressed with fabrications of the sort -bent tubes pressed together and welded by someone getting paid piecework... To my surprise the pieces making up the bars were well machined, welded by someone skilled and done so as if he were going to show it off on his own bike. Great workmanship and it showed during assembly by being very easy to line up...I'm happy.
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Old 01-26-2015, 05:52 PM   #3
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+1 on the AltRider. Especially if you're looking for a crash bar/skid plate combination, it's a fantastic design.
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Old 01-27-2015, 09:03 AM   #4
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I was torn between the two brands also but went with Touratech. I dont think you can go wrong with either Alt Rider or Touratech, both make a quality product that will work well. I prefered the design, fit and finish of the Touratech bars, I have both the engine guards and upper crash bars installed. Some folks really like the larger diameter Alt Rider bars but to me it seemed overkill.
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Old 01-27-2015, 09:34 AM   #5
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I am having trouble deciding between Alt Rider crash bars and Touratech Crash Bard for my 2014 R1200 GS. Any input is greatly appreciated.
I had AltRider crash bars on my 2011 GS. I have Touratech crash bars on my 2014 GS. They are equally excellent although I like the TT uppers more that the uppers on the AltRider bars. Here's a photo of the TT bars with uppers. I know that they aren't pretty but it's not a pretty bike to start with :-)

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Old 01-27-2015, 01:19 PM   #6
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need uppers?

I have BMW lower crash bars. I would like to avoid the $400 and the extra weight of uppers if they are not needed. Anyone here think uppers are a must, or will the wide lowers protect enough?
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Old 01-27-2015, 01:48 PM   #7
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I have BMW lower crash bars. I would like to avoid the $400 and the extra weight of uppers if they are not needed. Anyone here think uppers are a must, or will the wide lowers protect enough?
Conventional wisdom says they are not needed. So far I have not heard of anyone damaging their radiators on a trail or street drop.

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Old 01-28-2015, 12:59 AM   #8
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I have BMW lower crash bars. I would like to avoid the $400 and the extra weight of uppers if they are not needed. Anyone here think uppers are a must, or will the wide lowers protect enough?
On low speed crashes the lowers are enough. At high speed you're screwed anyways.
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