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Old 03-14-2014, 07:40 AM   #1606
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The MachineartMoto guards (3rd generation) do not crack or bend, and I don't wince anymore when my 25-year-old drops the R1200R on them.

I would expect the stamped aluminum covers to dent, which might look cool on a GS.

Wouldn't you love a ConsumerReports-style crash-test of all available valve cover guards? Which would be their "BestBuy"?

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Ok, you talked me into the MachineartMoto valve guards.

I'm still trying to figure out if the Acerbis Dual Road Handguards will work on a '13 R1200R.
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:59 AM   #1607
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Ok, you talked me into the MachineartMoto valve guards.

I'm still trying to figure out if the Acerbis Dual Road Handguards will work on a '13 R1200R.
I have a brand new set I'm letting go of. PM me.
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Old 03-14-2014, 12:40 PM   #1608
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I have a brand new set I'm letting go of. PM me.
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Won't fit my 2013, and I already ordered a set. But thanks anyways.
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Old 03-14-2014, 02:02 PM   #1609
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No sweat. Got some other stuff in the FM as well.
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Old 03-14-2014, 06:38 PM   #1610
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Take a close look at the OEM cylinder head protectors.

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The MachineartMoto guards (3rd generation) do not crack or bend, and I don't wince anymore when my 25-year-old drops the R1200R on them.

I would expect the stamped aluminum covers to dent, which might look cool on a GS.

Wouldn't you love a ConsumerReports-style crash-test of all available valve cover guards? Which would be their "BestBuy"?

Fred
It is not evident in catalogue photos but the OEM aluminum cylinder head protectors have two substantial molded rubber parts that fit between the aluminum and the cylinder head. I think they distribute and attenuate the forces from a drop better than the other options. No supporting facts, just an opinion. I crash tested them with a 6' slide and it is evident they are well thought out design.

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Old 03-14-2014, 07:56 PM   #1611
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:32 AM   #1612
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Nice ... I've got a cylinder head that looks just like that. Ice can be a bitch.

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Old 03-15-2014, 08:27 AM   #1613
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It is not evident in catalogue photos but the OEM aluminum cylinder head protectors have two substantial molded rubber parts that fit between the aluminum and the cylinder head. I think they distribute and attenuate the forces from a drop better than the other options. No supporting facts, just an opinion. I crash tested them with a 6' slide and it is evident they are well thought out design.
The ones pictured are the same as what is on my '11 GSA. My '11 R12R has bolts in the same mounting holes that are waiting for these OE aluminum guards or some guards or else don't . I priced them on Max's fish, $155 per side for bolts, bushings, bump stops and brackets. Just might be worth it tho as a new valve cover is $210.
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Old 03-15-2014, 05:13 PM   #1614
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My 2001 R1100RL

I love my RL which is the R1100R with chrome bits leftover from the R1200C. It has chrome heads, chrome headlight bucket, chrome end weights. It's the black with white pinstripe retro look with the spoked wheels.

Why the R1100R instead of others? I started my BMW riding on a '71 R60/5 and put about 30k miles on her all over the US and Canada. I did many 1000 mile days. Sold the bike and have regretted that ever since (regretting it over 22 years now). She had a clear windscreen that I would take on and off depending on seasons and Wixom bags for travelling, topped off with an Eclipse tank bag. I loved that bike. Had a couple of Honda XR's, then wanted another BMW. Bought a K100LT and loved the smoothness (a bit lacking in motor character though), the power, speed, and comfort....except for the HEAT! I get hot easily and couldn't ride that thing in June, July, and August...in Michigan! I longed for my 'ol R60/5 and the simplicity of the boxer, nose in the wind and carefree.

My search had me wanting either a 75 year anniversary model R1100R or the last year RL because the nostalgia of the spoked wheels and pinstriped tank reminded me of my beloved R60. I got a deal I couldn't pass up on my RL and LOVE IT. I ride without my Aeroflow screen in the summer, ride with it in the late Spring and early Fall and add Aerogards when it's really cold. It's versatile. I have been out west a few times now with her and love every minute of it. I did splurge for a Russell Day Long and asked them to move me up 2" and back 1" (instead of peg lowering kit) and they nailed it. On the stock seat my knees were sore and tailbone hurt. Now, I can ride from the time I get up til the time I go to bed and not be sore. It's a long distance very comfortable ride with the Aeroflow and RDL and quite nimble.

My main reason I went for the 1100 and not 1150, I wanted the clutch cable, not clutch master/slave cylinders (KISS principal), I didn't like the tank mounted oil cooler "dohickeys", and the beak. Another reason I like the R is no tupperware!

That's my RxxxxR story.

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Old 03-15-2014, 07:27 PM   #1615
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I love my RL which is the R1100R with chrome bits leftover from the R1200C...

That's my RxxxxR story.

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And a nice story it is but now I'd like to see your R1100R. How about some pics?
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:41 PM   #1616
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:21 AM   #1617
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... I priced them on Max's fish, $155 per side for bolts, bushings, bump stops and brackets. Just might be worth it tho as a new valve cover is $210...
Exactly. Headguards are nearly as expensive as a valve cover if you buy something like the BMW GS ones. Mess up your headguard or your valve cover. Six of one half a dozen of the other...
Probably a good idea to have them if you do offroading alot, otherwise, it's just more farkle-ism.
I still think the Machineartmoto X-guards are best bang for the buck.
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:38 AM   #1618
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BMW R****R Thread

Beat me to the punch. I had stock aluminum GSA guards and one minor tip over and they look like those above now. Replaced with the Machineartmoto ones, plastic but with rubber inserts and I swear they are tougher than the metal ones, just real thick strong quality composite plastic of some kind. I really like them.

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Old 03-20-2014, 08:44 AM   #1619
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The OEM black plastic guards look pretty good in person and, uh, erm. work. *cough*.



https://www.sjbmw.com/parts.asp?s=st...c=&p=1&pid=162


More of a bikini than a one-piece, though. Can't find an image just now, but they fit on two-bolt heads, too.

Edit: or, not quite, the 2011+ ones are a bit different:

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Old 03-20-2014, 09:04 AM   #1620
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...anyone has a set of BMW guards they want to get ride of cheap, let me know.


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