2014 GSAdventure Upper Crash bars

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Kamala, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. Kamala

    Kamala Long timer

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    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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  2. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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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 :eek:)
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  3. TwoCamSam

    TwoCamSam Adventurer

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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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  4. Aquafire

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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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  5. Aquafire

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    By the way, here's a picture of what the SW-Motech crashbars look like.

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  6. keep it simple!

    keep it simple! Been here awhile

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    GIVI is also working on specific bars for the Adv
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  7. pilesofmiles

    pilesofmiles Retired + Riding

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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?:wink:
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  8. Aquafire

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    SW-Motech's (German) website has been updated, showing upper crashbars.

    http://shop.sw-motech.com/cgi-bin/c...showrub--brands.bmw.f800gsadv&typid=115424487

    Hopefully they'll be shipping soon to North American retailers.
    Some additional views:

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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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  9. PoodlePumper

    PoodlePumper Custom Title User

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    I chatted with SW-Mo USA yesterday. They're not carrying them yet BUTT can order them.

    PP
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  10. Aquafire

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    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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  11. AltRider

    AltRider Been here awhile

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    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.

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

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    We'll get you shots of the prototype when we have them.
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  12. GPHusky250

    GPHusky250 Been here awhile

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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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  13. MCMXCIVRS

    MCMXCIVRS Long timer

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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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  14. peteace

    peteace Adventurer

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    I'm struggling to choose between Hepco&Becker and SW-Motech:

    http://neu.hepco-becker.de/Montageanleitungen/502606.0001.pdf
    http://shop.sw-motech.com/cosmoshop/artikelpdf/sbl_07_427_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. :cry
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  15. Dwizzle

    Dwizzle Adventurer

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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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  16. Aquafire

    Aquafire RMSR

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    For those like me that can't wait for these to be released, here's the status of the F8-GSA crash bar race:

    SW-Motech: No ETA but photos of a prototype (or CAD image) have been released. Retailers given images and told "coming soon".
    Touratech: Touratech USA indicates TT-Germany has no ETA for the bars.
    Givi: No info.
    Wunderlich: No info.
    Hepco & Becker: Photos and installation instructions available online; appear to be in production if not already available.
    Alt-Rider: Still in design, not even a prototype yet (CAD rendering of F8 GS (not GSA) shown)

    Did I miss anyone? Seems as though H&B is now in the lead.
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  17. peteace

    peteace Adventurer

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    Interesting list, but at least in Europe SW-Motech and Hepco&Becker are both available already:

    SW-Motech is available by order through local BMW dealer, and of course their European webshop.
    Wunderlich sells the Hepco&Becker. Long time it was shown on their website without stock, but just week ago I received a notice it's in stock.

    I guess these should already be in USA or Canada as well, or would be very soon?

    There are even links to detailed mounting instructions on my previous post.
    I am leaning towards H&B. Lower mount could be easily reinforced, if there's any doubt it would move on a crash.
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  18. twistedthrottle

    twistedthrottle Been here awhile

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    I am looking into the availability of the skid plate for the F800 GS Adventure. It appears they are modifying the design of the one for the non-Adventure model so that it fits both. When I know more about availability I will try to remember to post it up here.

    When are the first GSA deliveries expected stateside?

    Kevin
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  19. Aquafire

    Aquafire RMSR

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    This thread is about crash bars. Feel free to NOT hijack it and go start your own thread on skid plates. And the GSA started being sold in North America in June; did someone hack into the TwistedThrottle account because that post is very troll-like.
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  20. Aquafire

    Aquafire RMSR

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    PM from Kevin indicates it was an innocent mistake; no trolling/hacking invovled. And TwistedThrottle remain great people in my book. :)

    D
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