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Old 05-24-2012, 08:24 PM   #1
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F800GS Protection Add-ons?

Just rode my new (to me) 2010 F800GS home and love it. Before I do anything stupid I thought I should install some bike protection. In particular, I like the Touratech line but am open to suggestions. I would appreciate any advice.

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Old 05-24-2012, 08:35 PM   #2
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I just got a new 2012 F800GS about a month ago myself and have been putting protection on it too. I have Altrider skid plate and crash bars. I got a used headlight guard and used Touratech seat at a bike swap here. I almost got the Ricochet skid plate from Utah Sport Cycle but I liked the idea of supporting a local company. I have a Ricochet plate on my smaller dual sport and it has seen some nice size rocks and held up great.

Here is a link to a thread about the Ricochet.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=452768

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Old 05-24-2012, 08:43 PM   #3
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Thanks iJabberwocky. I'll check out Altrider. It came with a beefy skid plate so I'm good there. Hwy 2, Everett to Leavenworth is on my list of rides to do. You must do it all the time.
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:39 PM   #4
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Thanks iJabberwocky. I'll check out Altrider. It came with a beefy skid plate so I'm good there. Hwy 2, Everett to Leavenworth is on my list of rides to do. You must do it all the time.
Yeah I have done it the past three weekends on my bike. I leave my KLX250s over in Leavenworth and ride that on a lot of single track over there. Great area and gorgeous views.
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:41 PM   #5
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Just rode my new (to me) 2010 F800GS home and love it. Before I do anything stupid I thought I should install some bike protection. In particular, I like the Touratech line but am open to suggestions. I would appreciate any advice.

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Touratech is over priced. Take you time and look. There are many many threads on this subject.
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:48 PM   #6
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I have posted before but I mixed and matched based upon quality, reviews and performance in the field.

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Old 05-25-2012, 01:07 AM   #7
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I'll go with the Sw-Motech Crashbars as soon as I get my bike. I needed 6 month to get used to their looks but know that's the only one I'm considering

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Old 05-25-2012, 02:03 AM   #8
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you cant go far wrong with ,ADVENTURE SPEC ,products ,ive just installed the crash bars ,and a RUGGED ROADS ,headlight protedter ,its the same as TOURATECH,but 3 times cheaper ,and just as well made .
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:18 PM   #9
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you cant go far wrong with ,ADVENTURE SPEC ,products ,ive just installed the crash bars ,and a RUGGED ROADS ,headlight protedter ,its the same as TOURATECH,but 3 times cheaper ,and just as well made .
I found that the Alt-riders (similar profile) touched my knees when I sat down. Just crash tested the SWmotec's, ricochet skid plate and bark busters... the only thing that broke was my clavicle

here's a thread about it... http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=792334
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Old 05-26-2012, 04:54 AM   #10
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I'll go with the Sw-Motech Crashbars as soon as I get my bike.
Absolutely. Their design does a great job protecting the bike. Mine routinely do their duty.

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Old 05-26-2012, 08:19 AM   #11
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you cant go far wrong with ,ADVENTURE SPEC ,products ,ive just installed the crash bars ,and a RUGGED ROADS ,headlight protedter ,its the same as TOURATECH,but 3 times cheaper ,and just as well made .
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:50 AM   #12
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You must get the following items whether where I may suggest or elsewhere. Buying Tour T is gonna cost you. They do make some exclusive items, and some you should buy from them. However many companies make a better if not somewhat similar product at a much lower price. More money in your pocket + more gas money = less work needed to make money = more time to ride.
Must Have:
Headlight protection - Best Rest
Crash bars - Adventure Spec
Skid plate - ADV Spec or Black Dog Cycle Works
Radiator cover - Rugged Roads
Hand protection - Bark Busters

NIce to add:
Rear rack - Rugged roads, ADV Spec, Kildala, Tour T
Pegs - Pivot Pegs MK III
Tires - K60 Scout (50-50 tire) Really good wear or the K60 and use the 140 size no problem on the F800GS
Lights - Rigid they are the best and bomb proof!
Bags - Caribou or Pelican and use SW Motec EVO Racks (Pelican has lifetime warranty no questions asked period! Dumps and break or ever they leak bam take them back)
Giant Loop bags are good, also top loading water proof bags from Outdoor Research
Muffler - Leo VInce
Twisted throttle has a lot of great stuff, and some of the above I have mentioned
Battery - light weight Antigravity, and Shorai

I would support these companies above as I have never had any issue with quality or costs form any of them whom I have used.

Hope this helps

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Old 05-26-2012, 06:58 PM   #13
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Just rode my new (to me) 2010 F800GS home and love it. Before I do anything stupid I thought I should install some bike protection. In particular, I like the Touratech line but am open to suggestions. I would appreciate any advice.

Thanks
I found the BMW Bash plate to be the best so far, and after 3 different crash bars (including the crowd favorite SW-Motech) have settled with the Touratech. The upper extension bars are designed to move in a crash and are easy to bend back into place. I like this design because it is not a rigid impact on the bike making damage in other parts less likely plus they definitely protect the bike.
I also use their hand guards for the same reason since the plastic is somewhat pliable yet virtually indistructable allowing them to bend a bit in a crash and bounce back to their shape while protecting your hand and not impacting the handlebar itself. Hope this helps!
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:13 PM   #14
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Before it rolled off the showroom floor:

SW motech crash bars - Super tough

Motooverland skidplate - One of the best, only one other brand has as much material in it, and has as good of coverage, and that is Black dog cycle works. My MOD plate is been quite amazing

Barkbusters, but if I had to do it again, Highway dirtbike handguards

All of these parts have paid for themselves time and time again.

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Old 05-27-2012, 01:04 AM   #15
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Before it rolled off the showroom floor:

SW motech crash bars - Super tough

Motooverland skidplate - One of the best, only one other brand has as much material in it, and has as good of coverage, and that is Black dog cycle works. My MOD plate is been quite amazing

Barkbusters, but if I had to do it again, Highway dirtbike handguards

All of these parts have paid for themselves time and time again.

Ryan
The SW Motech crash bars are very tough - until they're not. After a bunch of falls, and bends in the crash bars left and right, mine weakened to the point that a slow-speed fall caused them to give completely. So, in summation, I'd say after 20 falls, replace them; well, maybe 30.
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