Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Chappaqua, New York
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?