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post #1 of 67 (permalink) Old 13-Feb-2017, 04:31 AM (438) Thread Starter
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Let's Talk Crash Bars, what brand do you Have?

I am needing to add some crash bars on a 2015 r1200GS. what brand name did you get and are you pleased with your choice? there are a few choices out there. Going to add additional lighting on the crash bars maybe?
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Mine are OEM as they came with the GSA. Since I ride a fair amount off road I REALLY use those bars and they hold up well. That said, when I did need to replace the upper tank guard I only had to replace that one piece, other brands require a complete replacement of both sides, so I did save a bit of money as a result.

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Hepco Becker

My 2014 came used with Hepco Becker lowers and I added the uppers. I've been pleased with them and Rustoleum metallic silver matched great after learning a GS is forgiving to a point while stopped
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I purchased Hepco Beckers for my '16 - fair price and the anthracite color sits nicely with my white lc. Got the optional cross-brace with it as well.
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SW-Motech

Mine are sw- motech! they havenīt been tested; were easy to install; fitted as they were OEM! The only thing I donīt like about them is the fact that you have to replace the bolt that goes in the upper part of the engine through the chassis, while the touratech crash bars do not require to replace it! In the other side, these Motechs are cheaper!
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x7289155 thank you for the vid of your bike, what a great set up! however, you have made my "want list" even longer, my wife will black list you for this.
what bag is that where you removed the rear luggage rack? I have no plans of ever doing "2 up" and the xtra space would be handy.
thanks to all for the replies, a-shopping I will go.....
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I installed the full AltRider protection kit on my '16 triple black GS before I picked it up from the dealer. I liked this kit (upper and lower crash bars and skid plate) because of it's reputation for being very strong and it was available in black to match the bike.

Let me add that this GS has been ridden hard like an enduro bike in some pretty gnarly off-road terrain and takes a dirt nap from time to time - one or two of them were pretty spectacular and energetic. The bars are scratched and scuffed up but there's no sign of any deformity in the shape of them and they've protected the bike and all of it's more expensive and sensitive bits. This stuff isn't the least expensive option but I can say that I've tested it harder than I wanted to and it's ready to go with no problems.

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One other comment responding to your interest in lights. There are a number out there that attach to the crash bars and that seems like a lovely place for them until you, well, crash. I like a solution where I can step off of it as it's going down an not have to worry about what might break. I use the BMW aux lights attached to a bracket in the nose of the bike and leaves them mostly protected. I've bent the mount on them but the bars took the brunt of the impact and it was easy to straighten them out after the drop. Other lights have mounting systems that go up in the same area and I'd recommend looking at those vs. mounting on the crash bars.

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