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Old 07-09-2018, 01:05 PM
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Default R1200GS engine bars

Yes, I have one! The Explorer sprung a leak from the final drive so I went for GS. Anyway...
Generally, what's the collective wisdom about protecting against a low speed topple?
What are the best - considering cost - engine bars for a 2016 LC GS?
Are upper bars necessary?
Are rocker cover protectors a good idea?
Bungs on the swing arm and/or forks?
A couple of personal views: bars are ugly and could cause injury if you get your feet caught in them. It's not the end of the world to replace rocker covers. You may disagree. I don't really know.
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Old 09-09-2018, 08:38 AM
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I think I would go for the basic cylinder head guards.
The most likely damage would be from a low speed drop or fall from a stop. Maybe a tight hairpin turn?
Our GS was dropped in a car park and that's how they ended up getting stoved in Matt black which was £65. Much cheaper than a cylinder head. Damage was bars, handguard, and mirror.
EBay, Nippy Normans as I'm sure you know.
I don't have bobbins on the GS.
We do have them on Carols bike though.
They are cheap and do help protect vulnerable areas and hardly show.
I would put rad guards on as personally feel they are vulnerable but that's just me.
Where we going next Sunday then?😊
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:53 PM
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Hi Al, yep I tend to agree with Graham, I got the BMW standard bottom protection bars on my GS from new this year and theyíre actually really good blend in well to the engine colour wise and I donít think they get in the way, Plus they work for the intention I got them, low speed maouvering drop and protected with no damage at all, so Iím happy. Yes you had to be there at Dunton this year😂
Good to see you on the GS - was only a matter of time! See you soon, Dave.
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Old 13-09-2018, 07:37 AM
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Default Re: R1200GS engine bars

I agree. As you know I used the bars on one particular occasion and they saved any damage to the bike. I would imagine the GSA's tend to have top bars because with a full tank of petrol they are more top heavy and the top is wider.

I haven't a clue how they would perform in a moving crash but they must offer some protection and certainly more than none at all. I had cylinder head guards on my as well but they were behind the bars so I didn't see the point in having both.
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Old 15-09-2018, 12:05 PM
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Or you could weld a roller-skate to each rocker cover. They would also fend off any bits falling from a passing Ducati or flying 1000XR camshafts.
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Old 15-09-2018, 12:14 PM
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Thanks, guys. I like all those ideas. I think simple covers would be best aesthetically, but I'll probably fit some lower engine bars for better protection. The SW Motech look okay but they're painted so I'll probably go with the stainless steel BMW stuff.
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Old 23-09-2018, 06:25 PM
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Hi Al

welcome to the ,dark side, as they said to me, ha ha den
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