Which OEM farkles are good for the GS?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Viking84, Feb 12, 2017.

  1. Viking84

    Viking84 Long timer

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    Hi guys, I am considering joining the BMW GS crowd for this season, and as such I am trying to figure out how to spec my bike from the factory, and which bits I should get from aftermarket suppliers. Note that Touratech and SW-Motech are pretty much the only two I can easily and reliably get hold of here in Norway.

    The bike will be a 2017 Rallye, with the tall suspension and rally seat. Apart from that I need the following:

    - GPS (OEM, want it as integrated as possible, will wait for Nav VI)
    - Crash bars (OEM?)
    - Cylinder head guard (OEM?)
    - Bash plate (Touratech or SW-Motech? OEM seems wimpy)
    - Hand guards with aluminium insert (Bark Busters from SW-Motech shop)
    - Luggage (OEM or Touratech?)
    - Lights (Rigid Industries + Hex EZCan)

    This bike will see a fair bit of off road use and is very likely to be dropped at some point - I want it to survive a low speed drop with nothing but the crash protection getting damaged ;) Is there something in the list above that should be changed? Are the original bars solid enough? Other tips for farkling a GS are also welcomed!
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  2. Motorius

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    So a few thoughts here.

    If you are going into off-road stuff, I suggest soft panniers. Hard cases have the downside of slipping off a peg, and breaking a leg where soft panniers will "give". Some US brands to look at include Wolfman, and Mosko Moto (which are now the BMW soft panniers re-branded).

    The standard bash plate is junk. There are a lot of choices, but almost anything is better than the one on the bike. Keep in mind not all plates will fit with all crash bars, so I would choose your crash bars first, then your plate. No one looks at the plate, but you have to like the looks of the bars.

    My bike came with coated SW-Motech bars on it (used bike) in black, and they already show some small scratches. If that would bother you, look for stainless crash bars that can be buffed out.

    Have not bought Barkbusters yet, but I most definitely will. Want to make sure whatever you get, especially up north, will have some pretty big wind deflectors on them. The Barkbusters can be had with the "Storm" deflectors which are pretty large.

    I own the Nav5 and like it, but really have barely used it so I am not a judge. And I have yet to add lights...

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  3. Viking84

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    Thanks for the tips! Hard and soft luggage will mosts likely be purchased, hard luggage for most rides and then soft for when I am intending to tackle something more challenging, or spending the whole trip outside of big cities / theft areas :)
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  4. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    Why don't you take a quick trip to Germany and visit Wunderlich ? I have added almost the whole Wunderlich catalog to my bike and am very happy with the results.

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    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    Also consider what must be the best lights : Clearwater.
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  6. mxz

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    Hi, I'm also waiting for my first 1200GS. I got the standard version though. I'm putting on most of the farkled OEM - cylinder head covers and crash bars, NavVI is a must for the GS (available March) and I'm sticking to Vario cases. Back when I had a 800GSA I used their aluminum panniers and they were perfect and it all worked with a single key. They are actulally made by Touratech for BMW. I'm also getting the LED fog lights, I just prefer to do all farkle installs at the dealership anyway.

    The headlight cover and sidestand base extender I'm getting from SW-Motech. BMW does not offer these.


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  7. Viking84

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    Good point on Wunderlich, their stuff should be fairly easy to get here given that it is German!
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    Why, that almost makes me Green with envy.... almost... :D
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    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    Digitdion Been here awhile

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    I am a big fan of Altrider bashplate and their cylinder protection. Can service the engine without having to remove the bars. Great design.
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    So to actually answer the OP's question, just the Nav unit.......that's it.

    Buy everything else from someone else, although I really like the BMW foot pegs. Forget what they are called, but they have the rubber bit sprung into a serrated bit. But they are not an option for the bike, but an aftermarket accessory.
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  12. Viking84

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    Note that price isn't the main focus here, but performance is. Especially regarding the crash bars and the hard luggage:

    - For the crash bars and cylinder protection I seem to remember some reports on these bending into the cylinder, but I can't seem to find it again. What would be a good alternative in that case?
    - For the luggage I recall the thickness and solidity of the original BMW equipment being worse than the same bought from Touratech or elsewhere, is this true?
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    The BMW panniers are made by Touratech. They aren't made of the thickest material I've seen. I think the Touratech branded boxes have a bit different design, but not sure if the construction is any different.
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  14. Viking84

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    So, current plan is as follows, please shout out if any of these bits have known weaknesses:

    - BMW R1200GS Rallye
    - BMW Comfort, Sport and Travel pack (all the stuff that should have been standard ;))
    - BMW Nav VI GPS
    - BMW Sports suspension (210/220mm)
    - Touratech crash bars
    - Touratech cylinder covers
    - Touratech bash plate (expedition XL, seems to protect all along the underside of the bike if I get stuck on a log)
    - Touratech Zega Pro2 Special 38/38 (the one with the cutout for the exhaust)
    - Touratech breather hose for shaft drive - is this really needed for water crossings??
    - BarkBusters (Storm)

    Is there anything else I should have on the bike from the start? I am bound to drop it, and I want to protect the expensive bits as much as possible! Have chosen Touratech as the BMW dealer gives me a discount on any farkles with the new bike :)
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  15. Motorius

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    I might say add a set of Skene Designs lights on the back.

    http://www.skenedesign.com/lights/P3_Features.shtml

    I've got them and they are incredibly bright. While I avoid riding at night, during the day no one seems to want to creep up on my ass at stop lights.

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  16. Viking84

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    Not a bad idea, I am probably adding lights both front and back along with the Hex ezCan connector at some point during the year, but that will have to wait a little. With the strobe feature on that setup I am pretty sure getting noticed in traffic will be no problem at all ;) Maybe add some blue covers to get some extra respect....
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  17. GibbonsMonkey

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    I'd give a hard look at Bumot Defenders for cases. Probably much cheaper than TT. I'm really happy I went with them this time.
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  18. Viking84

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    Seems I will have to look at some other cases, Touratech are having delivery issues!
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  19. RsZk

    RsZk Been here awhile

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    I'm also in the process of finalizing my accesories for my Rallye which is slated for production in March with May delivery.

    I would add a side stand foot enlarger to your list of you are spending any time in the dirt or sand.
    Happy farkling!

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  20. The Golden Monkey

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    I would check out the Holan Nomada or Bumot Defender cases. I wouldn't recommend Holan if you were in the USA, because they seem to have trouble including all the necessary hardware and haven't been responsive to me after the sale. But you're a lot closer to Poland, so hopefully that would be less of an issue. The cases are very well made and stronger than Touratech or most others (with the possible exception of Bumot), and have a more aerodynamic shape than Bumot.

    The Altrider bars and skidplate seem to be the strongest available, but the cost of shipping to Norway might remove them from contention.
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