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Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Kamala, Oct 11, 2013.
As soon as I find my freaking tape measure I'll get the info.
27 3/8" center of seat stitch line to bar
24 1/8 edge of seat to bar
Well kids, I had a reasonably honest conversation with Touratech and it looks like 2015 before anything resembling an Upper Crash bar for the GSAdventure will hit the streets. I was more than surprised (aka pissed) as they have shown up in the TT catalog since early this year (Part #048-5163). At least rather than being told (a 4th time) that "If the part is in the catalog it means its in manufacturing and it should be here in 4 to 6 weeks" they stated that based on demand they have pinged the factory and they are still a long way off.
That's like me, I got this information on Friday from TT Germany. So before buying a Companero-Suit have a look for Klim.
For die Upper Crash bar I think I'll take the H&B and I hope they will work on my trip to South America.
I can understand everyone being frustrated. I went through the same process. I went with the bars from adventurespec.com. Could not have been happier with the purchase
I think it hasn't been mentioned here before, but Givi seems to have made a set of uppers too. I can't find the product detail page, but you can see part of the bars on this picture: http://www.giviusa.com/my-motorcycle/bmw/f800gs-adventure-13-14/d5110st-specific-screen-detail
Edit: Found a better picture: http://www.rad.eu/nl/c/p/41464-givi-valbeugel-tnh5110ox-bmw-f-800-gs-adventure-13-14-.htm
The reason I was not considering the Adventure Spec upper crash bars was that they required you to remove the lower crash bars and I feel the lowers added quite a bit of protection.
I have a set of the sw-motec. They are great and come up a nice height. They also bolt in quite nicely and dont budge a bit. They pair nicely with the sw-motec skid plate. Much thicker than the stock and very good protection.dropped my bike twice on the bars and they didnt move at all but both were also in soft dirt.
The 2014 you can drop in dirt no problem don't be reluctant to ride off road. the lower crash bars don't look like much but they do work. i would also pick up a set of the SW-Motec. They are very high quality and thick.
I had the SW Motech bars on my standard 800 and was really happy with them. Do you have any more photos with different angles of those SW Motech bars? Maybe from head on and from the top ie rider view. They look pretty neat.
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best i can do right now will post better pics later
Those are cool and show me what I needed to see, thanks. I reckon these follow the lines of the Adventure better than most top bars available. Plus, you don't need to remove the factory lower bars which is a plus for me. I also like that they don't bolt onto the motor casings, rather onto the frame.
I'm going to price a pair of those here in South Africa
installed the H&Bs today
I just installed the SW Motech crash bars on the GSA. Much beefier than the SW Motechs I had on my klr. I'm headed out for the COBDR on Monday, so I will see how they hold up.
These are the Adventure-Spec bars specific to the F800 GSA.
I had to wait a little bit for them to be shipped from UK because by the time I ordered them the North American stock was sold out.
My slight hesitation with buying these was because I had to uninstall the stock engine protection bars and I thought I might be giving up some protection lower on the bike. It turns out there isn't really a whole lot of difference. I took some pictures to try and illustrate that, but you'll have to imagine the actual difference.
Tall riders with long legs may find their knees are too close or contacting the bars. I'm a shorter fellow and it's not a problem for me but I can feel the bar there when I'm moving around on the bike a lot.
I haven't yet tested them with a crash or drop but I'm sure it will happen at some point and that's why I bought them. If I find anything worth noting I'll share with the group.
Now for the pictures:
The next photos show the difference in lower protection. Imagine the silver bars mounted in the same bolt locations as the new black bars that are installed. HOWEVER, the silver bars wouldn't really sit outside of where the black bars are. I just couldn't fit them where they would actually sit because the black bars are already there. Again, there's not much difference in lower coverage. The main difference is the silver bars wrap around to the rear and the black ones don't:
And back to overall pictures:
Anyone seen these new stainless bars from Givi? Their part number <!-- fine .wishlist_panel_riepilogo_img-->
If I were to buy an 800 Adventure tomorrow, the Givi bars would be my first choice.
However, while I'm waiting to buy one, I'm eager to hear news of Touratech bars for this model to appear. The bars for the standard F 800 GS make it look much more chunkier. Those bars for the Adventure version would be amazing.
I have been waiting for the Touratech or Altrider bars since I bought this bike in April, mainly due to them being stainless to match the bars that came with the bike as well as there being less chance of rust problems. Both are claiming to be bringing some out "soon" but it appears there is no hurry.
The Australian importer of these bars has quoted me $399 RRP, which I know will be a shitload less than the Touratech ones, and probably Altrider. He has yet to come back to me as to when they will be available. I will advise when he does.
Same reason as me for wanting stainless bars. I don't like the black ones at all.
Do you have a thread about your bike? I'd love to see what other goodies you've got for it. I thinking of the original BMW panniers and the Givi 58l top-case, although I'm not sure if I'll be too big for the bike.
Sorry mate, no thread about my bike. As yet I haven't done much with it. Swapped the Pivot Pegs, 50 mm Rox Risers and Side Kicker extending side stand (http://aksengineering.com/sidekicker BEST thing since sliced bread) over from the old bike and put a hugger and front guard extender on from Ilium Works (http://www.iliumworks.com/index.cfm bugger looking up their site, now I will be $100 out of pocket for their new hand guards, damn you Ewan). Also added Garmin Zumo 390 LM GPS (pissed off they bought out the 590 a month later, you get that) and fitted it with the SW Motec bar mount (https://www.motorradgarage.com.au/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1396), again, half the price of the Touratech mount, doesn't have a lock but we are all (fairly) honest here in Oz so I didn't see that as important.
For the panniers I went all BMW aluminium ones. Had the BMW top box on the last bike and never had a problem with it. Had the Touratech side boxes but wanted to stay genuine this time. I also didn't like the way you fixed them to the bike from the inside, it meant you had to at least half empty the boxes to take them off, the genuine ones lock on from the outside, much easier. Even though Touratech make them, there is a vast difference in quality from what you get through BMW and the Touratech ones I had. One key for everything is also a great bonus.
I got the BMW inner bags and while they look good quality and are supposedly waterproof with carry straps and straps so you can tie the bags to the top of the box they are not a tailored bag to suit the box. Particularly the bags for the side boxes, where both boxes have several angular cut outs to miss the fuel tank, the bags are basic rectangular. Very disappointing, even more so considering the price. My 2005 955i Tiger had the Triumph factory panniers and inner bags, the panniers were oval shaped and the bags were a perfect tailored fit. I expected BMW to be better.
Last thing left really is a good set of bars and that will be who gets their's on the market first, Givi are looking best at this stage.