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Cylinder head protectors

Discussion in 'R1200RS Appearance Mods' started by Geebee, May 20, 2015.

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What cylinder head protection will you go for?

  1. The BMW crash bars

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  2. BMW cylinder head protectors

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  3. Aftermarket crash bars

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  4. Aftermarket cylinder head protectors

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  5. I love living dangerously ;-)

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  1. Geebee

    Geebee Member

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    I'm still on the fence when it comes to what cylinder head protectors to install. Right now I'm inclined towards the more solid crash bars rather than the cylinder head covers. Apart from the BMW options, are there other alternatives you would recommend?
     
  2. Fitzharris

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    I thought about the bars, but went with the protectors after seeing the bars on an RT. It was a styling compromise.
     
  3. Vtbob

    Vtbob Well-Known Member

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    I just received my machine art protectors. I pretty impressed with the quality and the fact that there is an inner "softer" carefully designed piece between the valve cover and the tougher "composite plastic" outer cover. Will install them latter today. seems to be very easy
     
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  4. Nigel-GS

    Nigel-GS New Member

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    Make sure to use lubricant on the threads or they will weld to the cylinder head as they did on my GS .Regards Nigel
     
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  5. Chet

    Chet Active Member

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    I ordered the same ones as BoB and just installed them. Finish and fit were excellent, they replaced the stock spark plug covers and I think they fit right in with the color scheme of the bike.

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    Or maybe I should say plastic scheme.
     
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  6. k2keller

    k2keller New Member

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    I put the AltRider cylinder head protectors on mine, and I really like the look.
     
  7. Alfa

    Alfa New Member

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    Do you think that these protectors will restrict the air flow over the heads to allow for maximum cooling?
     
  8. Psy69

    Psy69 Active Member

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    People have been using them since the 2013 LC GS with no ill effects.
     
  9. Scooter71

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    I bought the factory engine guards. They are metal and very solid but will only protect the lower portion of the Valve Cover so basically a slow drop in the garage. I do think they look good and will do their job.
     

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  10. Woodleg

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    That's right. And don't forget it, LC boxer uses Liquid Cooled heads... So airflow in this point shouldn't be a problem.
     
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  11. k2keller

    k2keller New Member

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    My engine temps have been fine with them on.
     
  12. Rman

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    Me three. Got them on the other night, they do fit well. Just hope I'll never need to test them out.
     
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  13. Psy69

    Psy69 Active Member

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    I got a pair of these
    I like the fact the guy stands by his product by dropping his GS, and also the larger coverage offered to protect from any roll over on the heads.
     
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  14. Rick P

    Rick P New Member

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    Thanks Psy69! I'll get these too I think - pretty impressive protection. It was quite interesting the sound the bike made when it hit the deck - certainly sounded a very solid but somehow lighter impact than I was expecting - bet the fuel tank was empty! Not the best lookers though...
     
  15. Psy69

    Psy69 Active Member

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    Function over form ;)
     
  16. Jim Evans

    Jim Evans Well-Known Member

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    I'm going for the crash bars so I can mount some extra lights. When the shop gets around to delivering them I'll let you know how mounting the bars goes.
     
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  17. Grumpy Goat

    Grumpy Goat Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Just ordered the X-Head protectors also, largely based on the large amount of protection coverage and the fact that the guy dropped the bike deliberately and there were no obvious ill effects. Of course he mever did start the engine so who knows ... ;)

    Mine will look just like on Chet's bike. :)
     
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  18. Aussie Import

    Aussie Import Well-Known Member

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    Only, maybe, 5 "sleeps" until my RS should be ready for collection. I do like the MachineArt products, and will probably order a "package" of the mudslinger, the front guard (if and when available) and the covers.
    I had BMW protectors on my 1st R1100S which was "T-Boned" and had the motor driven into the pavement by a 71 year old Astra driver. The protectors were not seriously damaged - but the bike was bent. Since I am still walking and undamaged, you can see why I love the flat twin.
    I did not replace the protectors when I swapped over to the replacement "S".
    Seriously, if you hit the deck hard enough to actually damage the covers without protection, the covers will probably be damaged too and it is really a cost of 2 aftermarket covers v. 1 standard unit - but the "bling" factor tips the scales in favour of MachineArt.
     
  19. Grumpy Goat

    Grumpy Goat Well-Known Member Contributor

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    They just arrived this evening and wil be installed tomorrow. :) They look very robust, and the inner rubber liner is very thick and will attenuate the impact from a drop quite nicely.
     
  20. Scorch

    Scorch Well-Known Member

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    I have these on mine, and decided on them after the bike was dropped and I saw how much damage a low speed drop can have, and also how it will roll over on the cylinder head due to inertia (as described in the video above).

    The BMW covers and the Wunderlich carbon fibre ones look a little nicer, but they don't cover the tops of the cylinder head, and so some damage could still occur. See how high up the scratches go here:
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    The damage is completely hidden behind the protectors as you can see below, though I am finally having the valve cover replaced tomorrow.
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    I also had to replace my clutch lever, and there are scratches on the luggage rack, giving an indication of how far over the bike might rock on the cylinder head.
     
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