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Claudio

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A new Alpine White 2019 R1250RT will be waiting for me when the snow melts.   This is an upgrade from my 2003 R1150RT (a big upgrade).

 

I'd like to get started on a few essentials and wanted anyone's suggestions on a decent set of crash bars (front and rear) for this bike. 

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Congrats on the new Shift Cam.  You will NOT be disappointed.  :bike:

 

I went with ilium Works for the front and rear guards.  They work; I know.  See the web site for a video of the Drop Test to see how they perform during a driveway drop.

 

They were fairly easy to install.  They have a helpful video on the site for installing the guards on the 1250 RT, which made it easier for me.

 

Cheers,

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I just got a 1250 RT myself.  There are different sizes and shapes and colors for engine guards.  I think they probably all do a good job, so it is mainly personal taste.

I thought the guards from Wunderlich were too much for what I wanted.  Iliums look good.  I opted for Z-technik  http://www.nationalcycle.com/engine-guards-zt.html  Similar to Ilium with a bit more protection above and below the cylinder.  And more options (I hope! ) for highway pegs.  I don;t have them yet.  They were backordered.  Not sure if I will go with a guard for the side bags.

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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. As I am not a knee-dragger, I think I'll go with both front and rear. In 16 years on my 1150RT, never crashed or dropped it but had it topple at a campsite when I loaded the high side bag first and didn't notice the lack of lean (slow motion domino into my wife's bike). Crash bars would have saved some damage. 

 

I think I've narrowed it down to:

1) Heed (https://heedshop.eu/en_US/p/Front-and-rear-crash-bars-for-BMW-R-1250-RT-silver-/475) [never used this brand before]

2) Wunderlich (http://www.wunderlichamerica.com/motorcycle/20381001-003.html)

3) Illium (http://www.iliumworks.com/BMW_Motorcycle_Accessories.cfm?pn=34-200BL&pID=153)

 

I like the stealth of the Heed front set but their rear looks like its a bit too much.  Now...which color wrecks the lines least...black or silver?

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Hi Warren_H,

 

For the ilium Works guards you will also have purchase their brackets to re-mount the OEM auxilliary lights.  I am not aware of other mounting hardware that is available elsewhere.  It seems like the round guards should be able to accept other (universal?) brackets, but I cannot confirm that.  Check their web site to see if the OD is listed for the bars.

 

Cheers,

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Warren - all of the bars uses the aux. light mounting points for their own mounting.  The Ztechnik and the Wunderlich DO provide alternate mounting position for the aux. lights on their bracket very close to being the same location as the original mount on the bike.

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Thanks, I was at the dealer today and they had a 1250RT with the Ilium Works front and read guards installed. I think that is the way I'll go with the highway pegs - after the Holidays. 

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On 12/11/2019 at 10:12 PM, Warren_H said:

Thanks, I was at the dealer today and they had a 1250RT with the Ilium Works front and read guards installed. I think that is the way I'll go with the highway pegs - after the Holidays. 

 

I recommend mounting the highway pegs as high as possible on the crash bars. I had Iliium crash bars and highway pegs on my 2013 RT and ended up grinding the clamp on the right side when I had to tighten a turn on Deals Gap to avoid someone crossing the center line going in the other direction. The highway pegs were only about an 1/2 to 1 inch lower than the max, but that was enough to drag at max lean.

 

 

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I thinking about crash bars for my 1250RT - Do any of them require you to move the BMW driving/fog lights?

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Warren - all of the bars uses the aux. light mounting points for their own mounting.  The Ztechnik and the Wunderlich DO provide alternate mounting position for the aux. lights on their bracket very close to being the same location as the original mount on the bike.

 

I have the Wunderlich engine bars fitted to my 1250.

The Wunderlich bars can accommodate the BMW driving/fog lights without  additional hardware, though it does involve moving the lights approx 9cm (3.5 in) both forward and down.

 

A friend who knows nothing about bikes remarked that the halo lights and fog lights used together as DRLs made the bike very visible. 

 

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was the original wiring sufficient to reach the new location?

 

I had my Wunderlich engine bars fitted when I had the bike serviced at BMW dealer, but from a quick look just now it looks like the original wiring was long enough to reach the lights in their new position. If you have a look at my 3rd pic above you can see that the wiring  was taken a short cut directly to the light rather than running more neatly along the light bracket and zip tied in 2 or 3 places.

 

Ian

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bimmers

I believe the 2021 fairing is different from the prior ones, so Does anybody know if the wunderlich bars allow for all service without removal on the 2021  1250 RT. 
also how have you adjusted the extra lights for alignment, throw of light?

 

h

 

 

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BendBill
On 11/12/2019 at 11:07 PM, Claudio said:

 

 

I like the stealth of the Heed front set but their rear looks like its a bit too much.  Now...which color wrecks the lines least...black or silver?

 

I have Ilium on the rear.  They look less obtrusive than I thought.  Re color, I bought black because my 2018 RT is black.  With your white, you might consider the silver

 

You'll like your RT

 

 

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I have the black ones (Front/Back/Highway pegs) on my White R1250RT.

They blend very well with the bike

 

 

 

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TPadden
On 4/28/2021 at 2:52 AM, BendBill said:

I have Ilium on the rear.  They look less obtrusive than I thought.

Same and Machineartmoto cylinder head guards for the engine; totally unobtrusive and from my drop experience totally effective on my previous 1200RT.  

 

https://machineartmoto.com/

 

 

 

 

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wbw6cos

Somebody at START was telling me about paint for touching up any imperfections on the ilium works engine / side case guards.  I was told that there was paint at the auto parts supply stores that perfectly matched the black coloring on the guards.  Can anyone enlighten me again?

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TPadden
On 4/29/2021 at 5:31 PM, wbw6cos said:

Somebody at START was telling me about paint for touching up any imperfections on the ilium works engine / side case guards.  I was told that there was paint at the auto parts supply stores that perfectly matched the black coloring on the guards.  Can anyone enlighten me again?

 

Krylon Satin Black - $5 at Lowes.  Works for me.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Krylon-FUSION-ALL-IN-ONE-6-Pack-Satin-Black-Spray-Paint-and-Primer-In-One-NET-WT-12-oz/1000460283

 

That said, Ilium Works video around 1:30 recommends SEM 39143 Black Trim ... $15 on Amazon ...

 

https://www.amazon.com/SEM-39143-Trim-Black-Aerosol/dp/B000EM019O

 

 

 

Tom

 

 

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wbw6cos

Thank you for the info.   Apparently the black paint I have available in my shed is off a few shades.   I will check them out.

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Rick1130

I recently purchased a new leftover 2020 RT and after careful consideration went with Wunderlich front and rear in black.  This was a fly and ride with 2000 miles planned so i had them installed before picking up.  Sure enough last day, 150 miles from home, tired and I dropped the bike leaving a gas station when I put my foot down at light, foot slipped, down she went.  Wunderlich worked!  Not a mark anywhere on bike.  Just a scrape on bars which you can't even see unless you look for it.IMG_0553.JPG

 

I don't mind the larger rear bars as they give me another place to strap stuff on for camping trips, and it gives me a place to put my hand when I stretch on bike during long stretches.

 

I rode the bike through the Smokies including the Dragon and no issues with scraping in corners.

 

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The black bars almost disappear on the bike.  No scraping in corners!

 

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Rick G

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rounder jim

  Does anyone with the Wunderlich front bars know for sure if routine maintenance can ALL be done without taking them off the bike. I thought I read somewhere that one had to be removed to change the oil filter. 

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I have a 14R1200RT with Wunderlich front and rear bars.  I never need to remove them to service the bike.  Wunderlich was the first to produce bars for the Wethead I was one of the early adapters.

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