Best crash bar for R1150GS?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Pastorius, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Pastorius

    Pastorius Adventurer

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    Wich is the best crashbar for the BMW R1150GS? I have found the SW-Motech crashbar for my BMW R1150GS and it looks great. Any other suggestions?

    Thanks a lot!
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  2. Snowbound

    Snowbound Been here awhile

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    I have the SW bars . They suit me .
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  3. gratefulJED

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    factory bmw adv bars
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  4. Spaggy

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    +1 on the factory adv bars. great for putting your legs up on longer rides, easy to remove for servicing, strong.
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  5. eap

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    I'm on my 3rd set of Wunderlich bars (98k miles). They work and don't block any maintenance access.
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  8. JoshBMW

    JoshBMW Been here awhile

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    None?

    Put some good Head guards on and call it good.
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  9. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    I have the Hepco-Becker bars, do a great job of protecting the cylinder heads and the injectors, etc.

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    They are not the easiest to install and they have to be loosened (in front, under the tank-- NOT in the rear) so they can be spread a little in order to remove the valve covers. They are extremely robust. I use both head guards and crash bars, as they protect in different ways. My valve cover is rashed to prove it.
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  10. canrider

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    I have the SW Motech bars and I'm very satisfied. Great access for maintenance and quite robust. One negative point is if you ride serious offroad , the steel bracket that crosses under the engine can get snagged on roots or rocks etc.
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  12. Pastorius

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    Thanks all of you, folks!

    I have chosen the SW-Motech. It has a distributor in my country (Spain), and it looks like great, like you say.
    So, tomorrow it will arrive at home.

    Nice to meet you!
    I will post the pictures once installed!
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  13. Steptoe

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    The factory ADV crashbars are a liability. They cause far more damage than they prevent. The bikes use the top of the bars as a fulcrum point and roll over onto the tank/bars/instruments etc, especially if the tank has a lot of fuel in it.

    Here's two examples i've had in the workshop. And there have been many more.

    Slow speed slide, shoud've been able to pick it up and ride away with minimal scratches - bars flipped the bike over onto the petrol tank and screen.
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    Another example of exactly the same thing.

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  14. gratefulJED

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    I'm talking about the OTHER Bmw adv crash bars - the ones without the horizontal fulcrum point installed :lol3
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  15. Steptoe

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    One small problem -they aren't the BMW ADV bars. They are just plain BMW GS crashbars. :lol3
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  16. gratefulJED

    gratefulJED long strange tripper

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    not a problem at all mon, so far....:wink:
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  18. BeamingBeagle

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    I was recently hit by a very attractive lady here in LA. She was driving along to my right a bit in front of me. She suddenly decided to turn left. The driver side door made contact with the right side of my bike. What resulted was a low speed hit in-which the bike was knocked out from under me. It went down on its right side and slid 10'-15'. When I picked it up I was pretty happy it was still running etc and I was glad to be ALIVE but I do feel that after seeing the damage, I'm going to switch to the SW-Motech bars. I did really appreciate my Happy Trails pannier frames though. And, if I had the panniers on the bike at the time of the crash my cylinder heads/valve covers probably would not have been half as damaged.

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    If you look close you can see a crack next to the weld.

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