Let's Talk Crash Bars

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

  1. bikeroz

    bikeroz Long timer

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    @Versys_User Is it because I live down under that BMW sells the same thing twice? One upside down?

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  2. cmcb

    cmcb Onward and upward!

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  3. Callisto224

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  5. slowinfastout

    slowinfastout Halfway to nowhere in particular

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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.

    Sorry to hear that. I have had several sets of Touratech bars on various GS'es, and never experienced that. Certainly not bent into place. When installing, you do have to leave everything very loose until everything is on, then go around and snug up once they are fully on the bike. If you tighten one segment, then go install another section, that will result in fitment issues.
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  6. Deano747

    Deano747 Been here awhile

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    Yeah, did that. Qualified Fitter and LAME in a previous life.

    I'm sure their old stuff was quite good, but their quality control has slipped the last few years. Numerous complaints about their LC model bars not lining up by 5 degrees or so. Jigs were poorly done back when I got my stuff for my '14GSW.

    To be fair though, they may have made new ones as I haven't seen complaints from late '15 or early '16.
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  7. Cataract2

    Cataract2 Where to?

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    Hm, I took the RawHyde course last year and all the models there had stock crash bars.
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  8. Amania

    Amania wine co hooligan

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    I guess they got tired of replacing them...If they are using AltRider now.
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  9. Cataract2

    Cataract2 Where to?

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    No worries. I was thinking maybe they changed it since.
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  10. RawHyde

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    Hey Everyone... Jim with RawHyde here and I'd like to clarify some of the commentary above regarding crash bars...
    First - on our 1200 GS and GSA model bikes we do use the BMW crash bars... for two reasons... They are adequate for the job, and due to the nature of the boxer motor with cylinders sticking out sideways we don't feel the need for aftermarket radiator protection.... HOWEVER... not the same story for our 700 and 800 series bikes... when they hit the ground they go "all the way"... which jeopardizes the radiators... BMW does not make radiator guards for any of the models.. and we DO feel that we need these on our non boxer bikes... So we use Altrider because we have a great relationship with them ... and they do make a great product. By saying this I am in no way inferring that any of the other well known brands are inferior... its just a business decision for us based on many factors. cheers all... JH
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  11. motolover

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    We covered this topic several times already. It is never too much, if we need to help our inmates...
    All bikes at Enduro school in Hechlingen (around 40 of them) have OEM Adventure bars plus the BMW cylinder covers. They used to have TT covers, but they were not up to the task. I too had TT and replaced, because they were falling off, if the bike hit the ground.
    I installed the same combination and it proved to be very good, tested it many times as I am not very good in offroad riding. :muutt
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  12. kmhamlin

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    I've got SW Motech upper and lowers on my 2015 1200GS. They allow access to my cylinder heads and covers by machine art moto. Very happy with them.
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  13. supasonic

    supasonic Been here awhile

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    Hey dude. It´s been said (revzilla), that you also need to the sw motech cover for the cylinder, when the bike tips over. Is that true? I won´t buy sw motech crash bars, when i additionally need cylinder covers (200€?) to protect the bike. That would be nonsense!
    Thx in advance.
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