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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 29-Jan-2019, 07:52 AM (577) Thread Starter
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OEM v Wunderlich

Hi all, Iím new to this forum having just ordered an R 1250 GS HP to replace my trusty (92,000 trouble free miles) 2013 R1200 R. That bike was sadly lost to a cager who ďdidnít see meĒ as he ran into my rear on a highway as I was making my way to work.
As I wait for my new wheels to arrive, Iím riding my K1600GT in places where it is not meant to go and getting all of the essential adds together for the GS. One add is crash bars. I know there is much on this forum about them; I have read most, but still dont have a firm grasp on what will serve me best. So, I ask:
Wunderlich v. OEM v. SW Motech?

I think I like the looks of the Wunderlich best, but if aesthetics was the sole criteria, I wouldnít have any bars at all. So, Iím looking for info from folks who have had actual experiences with any of these bars-not just, ďI have them, but thankfully havenít needed themĒ? Which offers good protection? Which does not get in the way of servicing? Which has caused frame damage on a drop (my dealer suggests that OEM bars are designed to give on a drop while other bars actually cause bent frames)?
Lastly, for mostly road riding with some dirt, but not enduro, are tank bars worth having?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 29-Jan-2019, 09:08 AM (630)
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Re crash bars

I cannot speak to the Wunderlich, but can to the other two.

I had SW Motech on my r1200r and have OEM on my 2016 r1200gs.
My experience with 0 mph tipovers is not that extensive, and had no crashes at speed, BUT...

I found the SW Motech MUCH softer (more likely to get bent/deformed) in that similar tipovers with the SWM vs the OEM were MUCH more likely to bend the SWMs than the OEMs( which have not bent at all). They, the SWMs, did work, but the OEMs seem to have more memory to spring back in the limited series of <10 tipovers.

I prefer the OEMs to the SWMs for that reason. And I think they look better---eye of the beholder and all that.
I will add that there is an advantage to the SWMs in that they can be touched up or painted whatever color you choose (shake can School Bus Yellow--a nearly exact match for the Ohlins underneath)

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I have the OEM bars and I keep hitting my right shin on them. They also charged me to remove them to do the valve check. I wish I had gone for the AltRider bars. AltRider bars are installed on the bikes at the BMW certified riding school if that tells you anything..
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I have the OEM bars and I keep hitting my right shin on them. They also charged me to remove them to do the valve check. I wish I had gone for the AltRider bars. AltRider bars are installed on the bikes at the BMW certified riding school if that tells you anything..
Thanks, Rick. I had forgotten that I hit my left shin a time or two during a trip that I took through Sicily and mainland Italia on a rented GS that had OEM crash bars. I have ruled out the AltRider bars as I donít expect to be riding in places where those much stronger (11/4Ē diameter vs. 1Ē for othersí) bars are needed, Iím not a fan of the look of them and I had a bad experience with AltRider bars on my GT.
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I can confirm that the OEM bars bend/distort easily.....both sides.

The welded on tabs for the mounting bolts can be bent back into place, but you need a hydraulic press to shape the bars if they distort enough. I guess they do their job in reducing the forces applied to the frame, they being the sacrificial anode.

They offer no protection to the valve covers, you will need to buy some additional cover, many out there, I went with X-Head.

Outback Motortek is experimenting with prototypes for the R1200 GS and GSA, they have a solid reputation. I've thought of replacing the OEMs when OM start production
https://outbackmotortek.com/bmw-r120...opment-part-i/

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I can confirm that the OEM bars bend/distort easily.....both sides.

The welded on tabs for the mounting bolts can be bent back into place, but you need a hydraulic press to shape the bars if they distort enough. I guess they do their job in reducing the forces applied to the frame, they being the sacrificial anode.

They offer no protection to the valve covers, you will need to buy some additional cover, many out there, I went with X-Head.

Outback Motortek is experimenting with prototypes for the R1200 GS and GSA, they have a solid reputation. I've thought of replacing the OEMs when OM start production
Thanks Candubrain, Iíll check out the OMs.
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