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Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by xsf18cdf, Jan 16, 2013.
I hope so too, no hurry to find out, though.
Those look great![/QUOTE]
My dealer just got those same bars back from powder coat (flat black) and are installing them soon. Had the fork legs pulled to send to Ohlins for the new (WP) kit to be installed. I'm guessing about 3 weeks before I see the bike again- was in for 600mi service anyway.
Al Jesse makes crash bars and skid plates along with his famous panniers. I've got them on my 2012 and they fit perfectly, are made well and protectthe body more than some other designs.
I purchased a set of ALT Rider Engine Guards for my 2013 F 800GS.
Their bars seemed to be the best coverage out of one bar with out a bunch of add ons. The fit and finish is extremely clean, the front connecting area uses a billet alum insert for solid reinforcement, and the upper mounting uses the original engine mounting bolts with a full length portion of the bars inserting into the frame recession.
Expensive, but great fit and finish, easy to install, look great, and all though I have not had to put them to the test they look to be built to handle multiple crashes if need be!
I would attach pics however im new here, and still have not figured that part out yet?
FWIW- the F800 and F650 GS' used at the BMW riders school in South Carolina are equipped with SW Motech crash bars. Those bikes are down a few times a day in all kinds of terrain, and damage is VERY rare.
Hello fellow inmates. First post. I am an ADV noob, will be taking 800 off the pavement for the first time today
I got the alt rider bars and the BDCW skid plate installed on Friday. They look great. The bars appear to offer good protection, and don't get in the way; I am 6' and my knee pads only brush the bars once in a while, no real contact.
The black dog plate looks to be overkill for anything I'll be doing anytime soon, but at least I feel protected.
I'll post pics once I take them.
Here are the Holan crash bars I installed on the GS. These guys from Poland are very serious and the installation is easy. They provide a good protection of the plastic, which is a good point when you know how pricey they are !
until the rust comes... should have gotten the stainless
Am I correct in the F8GS stainless crash bar offerings are
Stainless is a must for me. Crappy powder coated steel doesn't interest me.
Touratech bars are stainless.....mine are freshly powder coated flat black
Crash bars are sacrificial, if they get that rusty it's way too cheap and easy to pull them off and have them blasted/powder coated again in the color of your choice.
yep what I did (paintjob for tomorrow):
discussed extensively here and I'm pretty sure it still applies for your 2013 since we were the prototypes!
So I can attest to the strength of the 2013 upper crash bars from Touratech. I mounted them to the OEM lower crash bars after having both upper and lower bars powder coated. I laid the bike down the other day with very minimal damage. The only points of contact were the bar end, 1/2" spot on both upper and lower bar and the rear foot peg (no panniers at the time). The only visible damage were on the bars where the powder coating was scratched off. Nothing bent, noting shifted and most important, the crash bars did their job and protected the expensive bits. This my first post here, so I'll post pics if someone can explain how this site allows me to.
Great to know. Mine come in Friday, and I was concerned that they were so close to the plastics that all they would do was cause damage rather than prevent it.
I bought the lower and upper TT bars too. Good to know they do the job. How much did it cost to have them powder coated? That's my next stop.
I purchased the top and bottom and had powder coated about 2 months apart. I paid $85.00 each time $170 total.
i just got the upper crash bars from touratech. It should have been an easy install, but mid way through I stripped the head on one of the stainless screws. Ok, I'll just back it out and replace it. Not so fast, not only did it strip, in both directions, but it bent as well. It finally broke while I was taking it out. So I figured lets get the rest out and replace them, The rest on that side did the same thing. After about an hour of fussing with that, I figured I should just leave the other side the wway it is.
Also on the right side, the sleeve design that goes into the frame, the screw they provide is too long. when you tighten it down it hitts the inner screw that is already in the frame, which pushes the sleeve out. I swapped it to the shorter screw they provide for under the front nose.
I am also not impressed with the welds. I know nothing about welding but I could have done a nicer job.
Touretech usually provides a good product but not to thrilled with this one.
I agree with the welds. They look like a first grader finger painted them on. I had no trouble with the hardware like you did. My thought about the weld is TT has been back ordered on these for awhile, I think they are just cranking them out as soon as they can.