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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 31-Oct-2019, 07:23 AM (516) Thread Starter
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Upper crashbars: do I need'em?

Hey all

Recently bought a 2004 R1200GS, my first real bike since my last one was a 125cc Kymco Zing II.

At the moment, the bike's not carrying any protection. I'm gonna order me some Wunderlich engine crashbars, but I'm not sure if i should install the upper crashbars aswell. I'm not planning on doing a lot of offroad any time soon, so do I actually need them? In all the other threads people are only talking about the off road use, so is it safe to assume that I wouldn't have any use for them on asfalt roads?

Anyone who can help me out?

PS: Not only am I new to the GS world, I also have zero experience with forums, so please forgive me for any use-related mistakes
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 31-Oct-2019, 01:07 PM (755)
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My uppers have scratches

I've dropped my 2017 R12GS a number of times, typically at near zero speed, and the upper bars definitely have scratches, but nothing else was damaged, at all. So, with a newer bike I would definitely get them, but with a 2004 bike you might just want to skip it and take your chances, especially if you are getting in the dirt much.
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I've dropped my 2017 R12GS a number of times, typically at near zero speed, and the upper bars definitely have scratches, but nothing else was damaged, at all. So, with a newer bike I would definitely get them, but with a 2004 bike you might just want to skip it and take your chances, especially if you are getting in the dirt much.
Wow! That’s a tough lift. I’d be almost tempted to roll it side-over down the hill like the snowmobile guys do.
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I have a 2007 GSA...sadly like the first reply I've tipped my bike on it's right side three times now (must be a gravitational pull to the right) and each the upper bar has saved scratching the plastic. Once was simply a parking lot oops. Did break the turn indicator lens which required some clear silicone to be good as new.

I'd see if any used ones show up on fleabay.
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Alright, thanks for the reply guys!
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2 weeks ago was doing a trip to N Carolina/Tennessee/Georgia. Dropped the damned thing on a steep parking lot slope when I put my plant foot down on an unseen oily spot coming to a stop . Between the boxes and the "crash" bars and the hand protectors, once again no structural or cosmetic damage. Ain't the first and won't be the last. They are worth the cost.

PS before I could pick my embarrassed ass off the pavement 3 people ran over and did the quick pick up. Thank you friendly folks.
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I've removed mine after running them for a year. Bars, jugs and racks protect it well enough.
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I've had a few get offs where the lower crash bars took the hit and left the upper crash bars unscathed, so far. BUT, the upper bars are in place and I wouldn't think to not have them protecting the quite expensive plastic that would otherwise be taking the damage in future get offs.


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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-Dec-2019, 11:25 PM (225)
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I'm not convinced the OEM upper crashbars have done me any good although they make a nice place to hang auxiliary lights. But. Notice how the brake and clutch levers have that groove near the end? That's apparently a designed-in weak spot - if someone (not saying who) were to drop the bike, and the OEM plastic handguards were to flex and allow pressure on the levers, that's where they would break. In theory.

I have the MachineArtMoto handguards which have been a worthwhile addition.

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