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Protect your BMW R1200GS or Adventure, the stock crash guards wont!

Posted by Eric Lange on July 17, 2012
Eric Lange
Since riding his KTM 950 Adventure down to South America in 2008 and launching RIDE Adventures in 2010, Eric now resides in Oregon for most of each year. Riding is still a regular part of his work though, in that guiding tours is a passion he'll always have, and researching new routes and regions allows RIDE Adventures to continue growing and providing reliable travel services to adventure minded riders and travelers from around the world.

describe the imageNot trying to be too direct here, but BMW R1200GS Adventure owners need to buy these engine guards from Adventure Designs.  Might as well do so, cause you're going to pay for them one way or another!

The original lower crash bars that BMW included (the forward piece on the left of this photo) might give the impression that they'll protect the cylinder heads, and such may be true in the perfect crash scenario.  Can you make sure that you only put your bike down at the perfect angle and speed to utilize the original crash bars?  Didn't think so, and BMW knew this when they designed the original bars.  They've given us the 'impression of protection,' and know that anyone who's boxer engine hits the ground will be buying parts and/or service from them shortly after.

Enough conspiracy theory rambling.

Instead of crushing the aluminum cover and either causing leaks in the valve cover gasket or causing much more extensive (expensive) damage to your engine or other parts, protect your bike from the start with these Engine Guard Extensions, made by Adventure Designs.

Adv Designs Bars 2Immediately out of the box, it's obvious that the folks at Adventure Designs had the 500+ lb. R1200GS in mind when constructing these guards, as they feel absolutely unbreakable.  They're easy to install with a few simple tools and instructions provided, the paint scheme matches the original GS bars exactly, and they actually look quite nice!

These engine guards cost less than what you're likely to spend the first time you put your bike down.  (Just 1 original aluminum BMW cover alone costs about the same as both Engine Guards from Adventure Designs.)  If you figure you're never going to put that nice new bike down anyway, sadly, it sounds like you won't be using your GS Adventure to its fullest potential!

(Below: A picture of the original bars BMW "pretends" are sufficient protection; Bottom: The Adventure Designs crash bars supporting the bike!)

BMW original crash barsAdv Designs Test

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