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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 :crying:
 

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Hepco Becker

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.
All fitted easily enough.
 

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SW-Motech

Mine are sw- motech! they haven´t been tested; were easy to install; fitted as they were OEM! The only thing I don´t 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. :wink2:
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.....:nerd:
 

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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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I have the SW Motech on my R1200GS 2009, I can confirm that they are strong... but not too strong (they have plates that can bend in case of impact, to avoid transmitting all the force to the engine/frame).

I was riding along an abandoned railway, to pass a culvert I came too close to the track and I hit a tie, hard enough to turn the bike at a forty-five degree angle... almost crashed, been lucky enough to regain control.

The crash bar did not touch the cylinder, all I had to do was to remove and straighten it once at home.

I have installed the lower part only (protecting the cylinder, not the tank), I dont plan to install the upper part (tank protector).

Good product for the price, some might not like the paint finish (a bluish grey) which dont match the BMW silver at all. Not made of stainless, will have to be repainted/re-powder coated after 2-3 years.
 

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thanks for that helpful hint "greybeard"...my plans have changed and now will find those that mount under the "beak".
 

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Go stainless

I went with Touratech. More expensive, I know, but I liked the idea of stainless bars. Also, no engine attachment points, it's all frame. I did not pay close attention when ordering and didn't realize that the BMW OEM Aux light bracket does not work with these. You need to remove the bracket and mount the lights on the bars. Touratech does say this, again, me not paying attention. The clamps to mount are $50 for the pair. Assembly and mounting was not seamless, it took a couple tries to get things aligned so they would connect properly but not a big deal. I've dropped the bike several times at low speed <5mph and once at 25 mph coming in too hot on a dirt road corner and the bars worked perfectly. A couple scratches but nothing major and no paint to touch up or rust to form. Sorry the picture is sideways.
 

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Touratech Crash Bar Reinforcements

I have the OEM BMW Crash Bar set on my '17 GSA. Touratech says that their Touratech Crash Bar Reinforcements won't fit on a '17. The only difference I can see is the addition of large rubber pads between the upper crash bars and the valve covers. The pads can be removed easily. Will they fit? Has anyone do this? Please advise.

https://touratech-usa.com/Store/BMW-Crash-Bar-Reinforcement-BMW-R1200GS-ADV-2013-2016-Water-Cooled

UPDATE: The Touratech Crash Bar Reinforcement Bars do fit a 2017 GSA with some minor modifications. You must cut away about 2" of the hard rubber pads and remove the bottom pop rivet and then they mount as usual.
 

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I have a standard 2013 GS with the OEM lower crash bars and Touratech uppers.
The BMW crash bars are garbage as far as strength goes, they are stainless and fit/look good but otherwise almost worthless.
I broke the right crash bar when I was pushing the bike on the grass to get it in the shed, it could not have been a lighter drop.
Photo is after I repaired it with a marginal weld job, BMW would not warranty it.
 

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I have a standard 2013 GS with the OEM lower crash bars and Touratech uppers.
The BMW crash bars are garbage as far as strength goes, they are stainless and fit/look good but otherwise almost worthless.
I broke the right crash bar when I was pushing the bike on the grass to get it in the shed, it could not have been a lighter drop.
Photo is after I repaired it with a marginal weld job, BMW would not warranty it.
why did you decide on 2 different manufacturers?
 

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I have a standard 2013 GS with the OEM lower crash bars and Touratech uppers.
The BMW crash bars are garbage as far as strength goes, they are stainless and fit/look good but otherwise almost worthless.
I broke the right crash bar when I was pushing the bike on the grass to get it in the shed, it could not have been a lighter drop.
Photo is after I repaired it with a marginal weld job, BMW would not warranty it.
really? wow. Design? Metallurgy? I had the SW Motech on my roadster and as others have pointed out they do bend, but I suppose they don't break?
I have the lower OEMs as I got them as part of the deal on my bike. So far they have not kissed the ground.
You think it may have been a faulty weld? Is stainless so much harder that they snap instead of give? An inferior choice of materials?

Gonna give the welds a look to see if anything looks amiss.

Any others have this experience with the OEMs?


Speaking out of ignorance here, but what practical benefit do the uppers have? Is it cosmetic more than anything else? That would be some crash for the uppers to come into play, I'd think, and you'd have far greater problems re your body. What am I missing?
 

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The break could have been the result of a faulty weld.

The upper bars were installed primarily as a mounting point for the BMW Aux lights and I like the looks of them, they also help prevent damage to the side covers when I'm getting the bike in and out of a tight shed that it is stored in.
 

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Ilium Engine Guards

I bought the Ilium Engine Guards. Main reasons they came in black, they were easy to install and do not need to be removed to check the valves.

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