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BMW R 1200RT => BMW R 1200RT Accessories => Topic started by: sgl on 2019-08-20 23:19:44

Title: Cylinder head protection
Post by: sgl on 2019-08-20 23:19:44
Are the bmw cylinder head covers adequate protection in a tip over or should I get the guards from ZTechnik, Illium, wunderlich, etc?
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: timminator on 2019-08-21 03:36:03
Are the bmw cylinder head covers adequate protection in a tip over or should I get the guards from ZTechnik, Illium, wunderlich, etc?
I have found them to be more than sufficient, my bike has been down twice and zero damage.  Most drops happen in your garage, or at low speed maneuvers, in which case these are fine.  If you go down at a higher speed the bars are going to provide more protection.  But if you're going down at higher speeds, you probably have way bigger problems than damaging the cylinder covers.  Just my 2 cents.
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: Hors Piste on 2019-08-21 10:48:23
Are BMW selling head covers for the 1250 now then?  I haven't seen them anywhere up 'til now.
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: David. on 2019-08-21 11:25:41
https://www.bmw-motorrad.co.uk/en/models/tour/r1250rt/accessories.html#/section-accessories-for-the-r-1250-rt

Scroll down to Safety and open up Cylinder head cover guard.
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: Hors Piste on 2019-08-21 11:50:45
Thanks David, yes I knew that they were on the BMW website but I had been unable to find anywhere that actually sold them.  Time for another trip to the dealer if they are available now.  Unlikely to get them before my trip to France next week though I guess.
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: Sprintgull on 2019-08-21 13:20:16
I found the BMW covers were good when my 1200LC laid down for a rest.  As mentioned above, like most drops this was stationary in a car park.  Just a scuff on the black plastic insert.
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: Casbar on 2019-08-21 15:42:55
How do cylinder head protectors stop the bags getting scuffed then? Had them on my 1200, but never got to see as I never dropped it. But I have put engine and rear bars on my 1250 just in case. I did not put them on for a high speed down as the bike will be trashed anyway, but for low speed or stationary  drops. Surprised with cylinder head covers, the mirrors don't touch down.
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: simbo on 2019-08-21 16:21:38
How do cylinder head protectors stop the bags getting scuffed then? Had them on my 1200, but never got to see as I never dropped it. But I have put engine and rear bars on my 1250 just in case. I did not put them on for a high speed down as the bike will be trashed anyway, but for low speed or stationary  drops. Surprised with cylinder head covers, the mirrors don't touch down.


I didn't think they did? I thought that was the job of the plastic protector for the bottom of the pannier, or the halfords bumper strips as some use.
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: Sprintgull on 2019-08-21 16:37:06
The cylinder head protector protects the cylinder head.......   Halfords bumper strips protected the panniers.  As you said Casbar if you are moving at any appreciable speed or hit anything then you'll have a lot more to think about anyway.

Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: Hors Piste on 2019-08-21 16:47:03
Well inspired by this thread I decided to visit my dealer and, as luck would have it, they just happened to have a set of head guards - so now I will have them for my trip.  Hopefully will never find out if they work (BMW only claim that they protect against "stones thrown up from the road" and suchlike).
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: MikeS on 2019-08-21 19:52:41
Is it impolite to ask the cost?  I'm considering them.


Mike
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: sgl on 2019-08-22 06:10:42
BMW covers are about $280US. 
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: Hors Piste on 2019-08-22 09:20:26
With 10% discount they were £189
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: DaveB on 2019-08-29 13:18:26
I thought of the head protectors, but instead went for the Wunderlich engine bars and I'm happy with them.  Cost £269 from Nippy Normans
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: Fotofast on 2019-09-13 00:16:26
I considered full set of bars like on my GSA for my RT but went with X-Head_LC cylinder guards, didn't want to ruin the lines and like others have said if you need more than this this there are going to be bigger problems.   
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: hammo on 2019-09-13 09:57:29
Head covers will only protect the covers if you lose your balance and the bike catches you out thats all , obviously if you want full protection in the event you drop your bike you will require engine protection bars and pannier protection for the rear , Illium Works demonstrate their bars on you tube with an actual drop of the bike (Ouch!!!) but they obviously do the job but they are not cheap .
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: Hors Piste on 2019-09-13 13:22:58
The slightly odd thing about that video is that they don't show you the bike after it's been picked up.  Still, I'm sure everything was OK  ^-^
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: R2K on 2019-09-13 22:02:39
R1250 MACHINEART


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Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: Kunkies on 2019-10-05 14:53:58
I have also installed the MachineartMoto X-Head.  They look great, don't seem to cause any heat problems (the valve covers don't get HOT anyway),and I did extensive research to ensure whether it's a tip over or low side slide out (don't ask),they will more than protect the magnesium valve covers from bleeding out engine oil.


Installation was a breeze, ~30 min. for both sides.


 
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: Norcal1 on 2019-10-08 21:06:52
I also went with MachineartMoto X-Head for my 1250RT and they look fantastic. Went on a ride this weekend with another RT who had the crash bars and he said he is taking them off and puting on the X-Head. They just look so much better on the RT than crash bars. Moto-X  has a video also on there drop results. It is all ones choice, just glad there are choices.
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: Casbar on 2019-10-08 22:14:07
I also went with MachineartMoto X-Head for my 1250RT and they look fantastic. Went on a ride this weekend with another RT who had the crash bars and he said he is taking them off and puting on the X-Head. They just look so much better on the RT than crash bars. Moto-X  has a video also on there drop results. It is all ones choice, just glad there are choices.


It's about protection not looks. Great there are choices.
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: R2K on 2019-10-09 02:22:14

It's about protection not looks. Great there are choices.
It’s actually about both, with a priority on protection.  I always consider the esthetics when adding Farkles considering function first.


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Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: Casbar on 2019-10-09 13:54:41
It’s actually about both, with a priority on protection.  I always consider the esthetics when adding Farkles considering function first.


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Well there you go then. i consider protection first and the cost if I drop the bike over the looks. My Illium bars look fine and I know they will work as the owner has a vid showing the bike being dropped on the Illium site. Had cylinder head protectors only on my 2014 but I bought that used. So on my new bike I decided to go with bars. Can anyone post a vid of a bike being dropped with just cylinder head protectors on for comparison.
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: R2K on 2019-10-09 21:39:59

Well there you go then. i consider protection first and the cost if I drop the bike over the looks. My Illium bars look fine and I know they will work as the owner has a vid showing the bike being dropped on the Illium site. Had cylinder head protectors only on my 2014 but I bought that used. So on my new bike I decided to go with bars. Can anyone post a vid of a bike being dropped with just cylinder head protectors on for comparison.
8 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IuXQs5lRrKk&feature=youtu.be


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Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: Casbar on 2019-10-09 22:21:36
8 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IuXQs5lRrKk&feature=youtu.be (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IuXQs5lRrKk&feature=youtu.be)


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Thanks, but that isn't an RT with all the plastic and panniers. Just for clarity, I'm not bothered what anyone fits to their bikes its a personal choice, I'm just interested if the cylinder head protectors would help with damage to the plastic and panniers, I understand they will protect the cylinders.
Title: Re: Cylinder head protection
Post by: beemerboy9 on 2019-10-09 23:44:25

Thanks, but that isn't an RT with all the plastic and panniers. Just for clarity, I'm not bothered what anyone fits to their bikes its a personal choice, I'm just interested if the cylinder head protectors would help with damage to the plastic and panniers, I understand they will protect the cylinders.


My 2014 RT with BMW head protectors dropped very awkwardly on a downward car park ramp - top box on, no panniers. There were 4 points of contact  - the replaceable black plastic insert on the head guards (replaced cheaply),the LH bar end (touched in with paint stick & rotated so that it count not be seen),the underside of the passenger grab rail (touched in with paint stick) and the rear light unit (which I replaced since it was chipped). So this time I have gone with crash bars.....