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Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Viking84, Feb 12, 2017.
You'll be dropping it on the expensive bits
Kick stand foot en larger
TT skid- full length protection on nylon runners.
Barkbusters- though nothing will withstand 600lbs at speed meeting the ground.
Ricochet cylinder head bash-plates (4mm thick ).
TT radiator guards
TT headlight guard
TT Panalever guard
.....signature custom designs decals.
There's people that spend way more time adding farkles than riding the bike in conditions that actually require them.
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Thanks for the tips chaps :) Kickstand enlarger is added to the list, and luggage options are being researched! Regarding luggage, is there any difference regarding how solid the racks are? They will be doubling as crash protection for more off-road focused adventures :)
Part of the fun of bike ownership That said I do have a tendency to get myself into places where I will inevitably drop the bike, so protection is certainly needed. I rarely do very high speeds though, I just don't feel comfortable with it, so I am most likely looking at low speed tip overs such as failed log crossings, misjudged hill climbs, unseen rock in a river or similar stuff :)
Cheap, used dirt bike might be best farkle of all? I mean for crossing logs and accidental river submersions and stuff?
That would probably make more sense! I need to get to these rivers and logs first though, and a bike like my 500EXC is just not a nice companion for lengthy journeys. Hence wanting something bigger, with more than one cylinder. 1200GS might well be too big, but it will be fun finding out
I was going to add exactly what you just said. Comfort and style of getting back and forth being a serious drawback. Hard to find a true one fits all solution if you're planning heavy duty off road. Farkling up to protect the GS will also add more weight to a bike that is already 244kg not to mention the total cost of the resulting new package to be occasionally submerged. Anyway those are purely my own reflections. I'm not a hard core off road guy.
I might also have oversold the hardcore-ness of my off roading, it is simply tougher than my limited skillset can deal with, so I will end up dropping the bike But some logging roads and tracks, the occasional creek crossing, hill climb and small log hop is absolutely going to happen. I will either end up with a GS Rallye, a KTM 1290 SAR, or a used 2016 Africa Twin that I can flog with a clearer concience.
Clutch and brake levers
Larger hand guards
GPS Glare shield
Has anyone mounted the OEM WC valve cover protectors on the GSAWC? I believe in the notes it says it will not fit with the crash bars. BUT under the micro fiche, the GS trophy protection has both.
If you are truly an off-road motorcyclist, you should accept the notion you will dump your bike. Pure dirt bike or not, they occasionally take a dirt nap. A GS/GSA is a very capable machine and excels in both aspects of adventure. Both the ride on tarmac to the trail as well as the trail.
Just my 2 cents.
No doubt, it will get dropped
I want the easily replaceable parts to take the hit rather than the main frame and cylinders - better something I can swap out myself than having to get BMW to replace something :)
You can buy Altrider and a lot of other stuff from these guys in the UK - their prices are in some cases even cheaper than US pricing. www.adventurebikeshop.co.uk
Did anyone notice the 'other' OEM crash bars?
My two cents worth on the sidecases. I mounted Holan Nomada cases on my Yamaha Super T. They fit close to the bike and are built strong. With those cases, if your handlebars would clear an obstacle, your cases would to. Never had to look back and see. They are great cases.
I now have a new 2016 GSLC. I am giving the Bumot defenders a try. So far they look like a quality piece and they also fit up close to the bike. Some of the TT stuff looks like you should have a pilot car ahead of you for the wide load. Like I said, just my two cents.
I went down off road at 30 mph on a 2009 GS. The cylinder heads were protected by both MachineartMoto cylinder head covers and Touratech crash bars. The crash bars were destroyed and the head covers scuffed. Big believer in the head covers. Crash bars are fungible IMO. Any brand will do. Altrider is another option for bars and skid place. Also Black Dog Cycle Works.
Soft bags off road for the reasons mentioned. I try to avoid the hard bags off road but sometimes that is not an option. I would avoid a top case off road as well. I have Touratech Zega Pro's and am very happy with them, but I think there are a lot of options out there that are as good for less money. And TT has been having real supply problems.
Clearwater lights are awesome but expensive. Almost as awesome, and less money, are Baja Designs Squadron Pro.
Radiator and headlight guards are a must if riding with others.
If you used the Baja Designs what were you using to interface with the CANBUS?
I have two Squadron Pros on my '09 R12 GS. I didn't wire them up so can't answer your question.
I chose Clearwater lights on my '16 GSA in large part because of their CanOpener was the only device that I was aware of that allowed me to use the "wonderwheel." I may be wrong, but I believe the Hex ezCAN allows you to use BD's or any lights you want. Another option is Skene Designs (although with preset brightness; no wonderwheel).
I haven't yet done a comparison of the two light systems. As to sheer brightness, I never felt the need for more than the BD's provided me. I am really happy with the Clearwaters and love the wonderwheel flexibility but they are expensive.