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Claudio

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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wbw6cos

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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PadG

You should look over this recent thread:

 

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Ltripreno

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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Claudio

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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Warren_H

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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wbw6cos

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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PadG

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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Warren_H

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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garr2
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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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CommuterChris

was the original wiring sufficient to reach the new location?

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wbw6cos

I believe you are asking about the Wunderlich, but for the ilium, there is sufficient wire to mount at new location; they are real close to the OEM area.

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garr2
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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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