Let's Talk Crash Bars

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by oldadvtraveler, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. oldadvtraveler

    oldadvtraveler Been here awhile

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    I have a 2015 R1200GS and am wanting to add crash bars. there are many choices out there and would like to know what brand you have and are you pleased with yours. Possible will add some additional lighting on the bars too. would you use the same brand skid plate? thanking all the fellow riders out there in advance.
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  2. bobbybob

    bobbybob Long timer

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    Alt Rider crash bars. Very sturdy, won't bend in a drop.
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  3. Nesbocaj

    Nesbocaj Earth, we're #1

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    ...and the possibility of valve adjustment w/o removal.
    The OEMs on my '14 need to be partially removed.
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  4. slowinfastout

    slowinfastout Just Ridin' By....

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    I've got a Touratech rig, with the trick highway pegs, too ! Lots of good choices, avoid the cheaper stuff that bends in a drop (BWM OEM for example). Have since added a set of Clearwaters suspended from the upper crash bar.



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  5. bobbybob

    bobbybob Long timer

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    Yup--and Alt Rider's don't need to be removed.
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  6. MrGone

    MrGone Been here awhile

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    I'm just curious how do factory GSA bars with the touratech or the new alt rider support compare to alt rider bars? I know the alt riders are larger than thicker but will adding the support bar to factory bars be sufficient?
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  7. cds247

    cds247 Long timer

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    For what use? Highway riding, forest roads, dirt trails? The Altrider bars are stout. I like the black dog skid plates. Both are way more protection than you need for day to day street riding, but sometimes overkill is just enough.
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  8. MrGone

    MrGone Been here awhile

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    mostly forest roads and BDRs

    if the bike goes down at speed I have other concerns
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  9. xzatx

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  10. Callisto224

    Callisto224 Long timer

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    I've had the BMW OEM crash bars for years, dropped the bike a few times with zero issues.

    There's nothing wrong with the OEM bars, and no need to remove them when adjusting the valves.
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  11. slowinfastout

    slowinfastout Just Ridin' By....

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    Not always. My friend running a R1200GSA dropped his bike on a rocky trail when were riding. It had BMW OEM factory crash bars The crash was a low speed event and the bar pulled out of its 2-piece construction fitting, ripped out the boss mounts to the engine, folded back into the magnesium valve cover and punched a gash into it. Quite a bit of damage was done. The photos are here on ADV Rider somewhere - buried in the past.
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  12. bobbybob

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    My friend dropped his 2014 GS in the garage and the OEM bars bent into the valve cover.
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  13. MagyarBetyar

    MagyarBetyar Adventurer

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    Alt rider on mine dirt and road crash tested.
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  14. oldadvtraveler

    oldadvtraveler Been here awhile

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    I have heard other good reports on the oem bars, thanks
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  15. miker325

    miker325 Been here awhile

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    AltRider upper and lower bars on my 2015 GS. Very Stout and a nice finish that's much closer to the OE frame color than the TT bars. Recently hung a pair of Clearwater Kristas off the upper bars as well.

    Very picky... and very happy.
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  16. xzatx

    xzatx Been here awhile

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  17. bikeroz

    bikeroz Long timer

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    The 2017 OEM crash bars and the current TT reinforcement is not a 100% fit.
    However, I found this on the BMW Motorrad website

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  18. xzatx

    xzatx Been here awhile

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    the difference between 2016 and 2017 crash bars is just that rubber bumper facing the valve cover, on the 2017 they increased its size a bit.
    so i'm sure you can easily modify that rubber piece and make it fit, isntead of spending tons of money on putting brand new crashbar set...
    i also like the oem stock bars look, much more than the squarish altenatives.
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  19. Versys_User

    Versys_User Can I Change My User ID? LOL

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  20. Deano747

    Deano747 2014 BMW R1200GSW; 2014 Ducati Monster 1200S

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    I have the Touratech including upper bars.

    Fitting was a real mess with the holes not lining up. Their jigs are slightly out and the bars need to be jiggled and held and bent into place.

    Altrider on my next bike.

    Never OEM........BMW buys from aftermarket cheaply and sells them on at a premium price. More profit in aftermarket stuff than the actual bike.
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