Who has the BMW crash bars on there bike?

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  1. Angryrican

    Angryrican Beer lover

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    and have you stacked or crashed on them and how did the bike fair?:D

    Looking for real world experience here, not "I don't think they will/will not work" comments:ear
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  2. Casejeep

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    with so many other options out there... i would stick with a brand that does nothing but off-road protection.

    but no i dont have BMW brand.

    i have Altrider and i wouldnt get these again.
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  4. gus007

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    I have SW-Motechs and they have held up quite well to my various get-offs.
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    dendrophobe Motorbike Junky

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    From research I've done (and personal experience! :deal) SW Motech crash bars are the best bang for your buck. Mine have held up to all sorts of abuse. Much more than I'd like, actually...
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  6. Ducksbane

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    I'd agree that the SW Motechs are the best value. I have the BMW bars, they came on the bike which was an ex demo. They look pretty good, they don't appear to offer much protection, but I've probably dropped the bike at least half a dozen times at low speed and they have always done their job, so I guess that I can't really complain! :D
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  7. Angryrican

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    Thanks Ducksbane! That is the info I was looking for, any damage to the side panels etc?
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    No ... no damage to the side panels, but they weren't very big drops and I do worry that there isn't much radiator protection. The only damage has been a few small marks on the bars themselves and a bend in the gear lever. Still ... if I was starting from scratch I would probably get the Motech's ... they're probably cheaper anyway. :deal

    The BMW bars do have one other good feature apart from styling ... you can rest your feet on them on long road rides to get a different position for a while ... so it's not all bad.
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    What ever you buy, just keep in mind they will not make your bike a tank or bulldozer, they are designed to save plastic, maybe a radiator when you fall over.
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  10. Angryrican

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    OK cool, I found a barely used set for less then the SW-Motech's. I like the look a bit better so I'll go that route
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  11. machinebuilder

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    FWIW, the BMW performance center in SC uses the SW Motech bars,
    They found the BMW bars don't protect the very expensive radiator
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  12. JGoody

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    I have a question about the BMW bars. I recently bought a F650GS twin and the dealer installed the BMW bars. On the right side the bar touches the round cover on the engine -- this seems bogus to me. Did I get a mismanufactured set of bars ? There is an enlongated hole (slot) for the bolt in the front that anchors the bars which is at the end of it's travel -- but I don't know if that's stock or some work by the dealer to get the bars to go on. Any help from anyone with the BMW bars as to how they should fit would be appreciated -- and should I try to get the dealer to return them to BMW or?
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  13. Angryrican

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    I just got them and installed and the do not touch anything, the have to be installed wrong. Post up a few pics with different angles so we can see them and help you out.

    Also I laid the bike down in my yard in every possible way to get an idea of how they would do in a crash and you would have to stack the bike really hard to damage the radiator and panels, plus the pannier racks and some protection also, I guess time will tell how they hold up:freaky
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  14. JGoody

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    Here's some photos of the engine guard.

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  15. JGoody

    JGoody Been here awhile

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    And another view

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  16. JGoody

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    And one more of the attachment screw, it's hard to see the elongated hole. PS I think the picture is upside down. Hope this helps clarify my issue. It's actually touching the round cover on the right side of the engine. Thanks!

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  17. Angryrican

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    That's not the correct screw and if that is the one that pivots it gets a washer on each side, they definitely shouldn't be hitting the engine. I'll snap some pictures of mine tomorrow so you can see what it should look like
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  18. JGoody

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    Thank you -- that will be really helpful in getting it fixed.
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  19. Angryrican

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    here goes, plenty of space between engine and bars

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  20. JGoody

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    Thanks! I'll show these pictures to the dealer and see what they say.
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