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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 24-Apr-2019, 08:34 AM (565) Thread Starter
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R1250GS engine crash bars.

Thinking of fitting engine crash bars to my R1250GS.

Having Googled the subject I am drawn to Touratech's stainless steel bars. Rather like the fact that they have four mounting points. Rather pricey though.

Any advice welcome.
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I have stockers on my '17 GSA so I assume BMW knows what they were doing. A point I have seen raised is that to some extent, engine crash bars should be sacrificial. The worlds strongest crash bars may transmit impact to the frame, not a good outcome.

No idea how one could independently evaluate aftermarket bars for this feature, if it is even a significant one....
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Having Googled the subject I am drawn to Touratech's stainless steel bars. Rather like the fact that they have four mounting points. Rather pricey though.


I like Altrider's fit and finish and they don't suffer from the bend in weakness at the valve covers that Touratech's are know for.
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I have the BMW bars on my 2018GS and you have to partly remove them to adjust the valves and replace the spark plugs. I knew that going in but my biggest complaint is hitting my shin on the right side bar.
When I replace them I'll go with AltRider. No way to hit my shin if the bar isn't there.

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Take a look at Altrider. They allow you to service the valves without having to remove the crash bars and are very well made.
I had them on my GS and if I ever replace the stock ones that came on my GSA it will be Altriders.

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The AltRider founder has a good sales pitch on youtube where he walks through the thinking and engineering that went into their bars. It was very educational. Definitely a sales pitch though.
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According to this thread Altrider seem to be the way to go. Unfortunately they are not yet available here in the UK.

Choosing which crash bars to purchase is proving to be a bit of a minefield.
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I added the BMW Factory Crash Bar Reinforcement Kit from Touratech to prevent "fold in".
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I got the SW-Motech engine engine crash bars in black from Twistedthrottle.com at my BMW dealer's suggestion since my bike has the "exclusive" paint scheme with the black engine. They look great on the bike and the reviews are good.

Fortunately, I have not put them to the test. Good Luck!
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Dont quote me on this, but I think Heed Crash Bars are in Europe?

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