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    Hi, I would to inquire your personal views, opinions, critique of having the OEM Engine Protection Bars vs aftermarket Engine Protection Bars vs Frame Sliders & Front Fork Sliders on an F800R.

    I greatly appreciate any input you guys have for a new owner of that model.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Bars will protect your feet as well as the engine if the bike goes over. I am no convinced sliders will add the same level of personal protection.

    As for oem vs aftermarket there appears to be some reports in these forums that the wunderlich bars help with the engine vibration issue some find annoying better than the oem bars.

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    I traded Touratech engine bars for a set of frame sliders sold by Wunderlich and an engine spoiler. It was mostly for aesthetic purposes. My bike was dropped during my move because the mover forgot to put the kickstand down The only damage sustained was a broken turn signal lens cover, the end of the clutch lever broke off, and a bent shift lever and auxiliary light bolt. No scratches or scuffs on the engine or any painted parts. Then again, that was a very limited fall, not an actual crash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jyng33 View Post
    Hi, I would to inquire your personal views, opinions, critique of having the OEM Engine Protection Bars vs aftermarket Engine Protection Bars vs Frame Sliders & Front Fork Sliders on an F800R.

    I greatly appreciate any input you guys have for a new owner of that model.

    Thank you in advance.
    Sorry, I'm responding from a third party app, and the interface is goofy.

    I removed the BMW bars, and replaced them with the GiVis. They're higher, but less obtrusive than the BMWs. Also less expensive if you're buying new. They won't protect the cases from direct impact if you're moving and have a mishap, but they'll protect everything else in a tipover. I wanted to use the Wunderlich oil filter/cooler guard, which isn't compatible with the BMW setup.


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    +1 I also considered the Givis. They looked nice but ultimately I went with the GSG motos sold by Wunderlich.
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    I have the BMW crash bars and I would give them a 10/10 in function and a 7/10 in aesthetics. I don't even see the bars anymore. My bike tipped over at a gas station. The bike was fully kitted out with panniers (ST) and about another 40lbs of gear. a little scuff on the crash bar and on the pannier... everything else... NO PROBLEM! not a mark. For that incident alone, those bars were well worth it. Do I think sliders could do the same job? No, you'd probably end up with broken signals, mirror and maybe worse. I haven't looked at the GIVIs but I can say for certain I am happy with my crashbars.

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    I've crashed in the OEM's 3 times. One low side where there was hardly any damage, really surprising as the bars sucked it all up, and 2 high sides. Even though the bike flipped multiple times in each one they sucked up a great deal of the energy. After the first one after an hours worth of work I rode the bike home 1 state and 8-9 hours away. You might not like the way the look, but they work great. I always thought they looked right on there myself. My buddy also uses them with some rings attached as highway pegs.

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    Question to the owners of OEM BMW crash bars: do they stick out enough that they become a consideration at all during lane-splitting?
    I can't deny that the Touratech and Wunderlich appeal to my sense of esthetics a bit more than the OEM, but presume they woudn't afford as much protection....
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    No, not a consideration at all.

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    You'd hit your knees while lane splitting before the OE bars.
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    My 2011 F800R has the small Givi bars. Great for small dumps (especially with bags on), but frankly - haven't been dropping my baby much.

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    I put the OEM engine guard on my 2012 F800R. I got into a small collision a while ago, some guy stopped half way through merging between the two lanes I was splitting, I wasn't able to stop fast enough and I rear ended him. The rear wheel came up, and I wasn't able to hold the bike upright after it came down. I ended up gently setting the bike down on the engine guard at a roughly 30 degree angle. If I had gone with sliders (comparing with ones that my friend has on a different bike) I don't know if I could have kept the paint off of the pavement.

    That's my story, but if you want a MUCH more dramatic one, take a look at this thread that made me get the OEM guard:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...661464&page=15

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    A friend of mine bought a 2014 1200 GS and was talked out of buying engine guards. He was working in his garage, rolled the bike onto the driveway which is gently sloped. While back in his garage, the bike rolled forward off of the side stand and nosed down the driveway and crashed. He forgot to put the bike in gear! Anyway, $2000 later and replaced plastics, the bike looks new again. Tough lesson.

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    Thank you, thank you;

    BMW crash bars installed (by mechanic) just before the weekend

    , take a look at this thread that made me get the OEM guard
    indeed: I'd seen that and it certainly weighed heavily in favor of the BMW bars...

    rolled the bike onto the driveway which is gently sloped. While back in his garage, the bike rolled forward off of the side stand and nosed down the driveway and crashed
    oops!
    I gotta confess: been there done that. And that's one of the reasons I did get the bars; figured that with just one such tip-over the bars will pay for themselves; the added protection to the legs (if trapped under the bike) is only icing for the cake.

    For anyone else considering them: note/beware that if your feet are not 'petite', you will notice the crash bars are there (i.e. bump your toes into them). And they'll make 'walking' the bike a bit more uncomfortable, as you'll bump your lower legs into them. FWIW, the footpeg lowering kit I installed Sunday (suburban machinery) actually alleviates the problem; I'll post a review/commentary after I've used it a bit more: today was the first day (it still surprises me how much of a difference an inch or so makes.)
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