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SW Motech cylinder protectors on 2015 1200 GSA
« on: August 31, 2015, 05:18:57 am »
Hi Folks
Anyone had issues fitting these protectors on this bike?
Right side is fine but the crash bars don't fit over the protectors on the LHS.
When one stands on the foot pegs looking down one can see the crashbars on the left are slightly smaller around the cylinder than on the right hand side.
 

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Re: SW Motech cylinder protectors on 2015 1200 GSA
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2015, 02:51:59 pm »
I'll find out tomorrow when I get mine. Then we can compare.
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Re: SW Motech cylinder protectors on 2015 1200 GSA
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2015, 08:59:23 pm »
OEM crashbars and head protectors! Why make a heavy bike even heavier?
 

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Re: SW Motech cylinder protectors on 2015 1200 GSA
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2015, 10:43:12 pm »
Hi Folks
Anyone had issues fitting these protectors on this bike?
Right side is fine but the crash bars don't fit over the protectors on the LHS.
When one stands on the foot pegs looking down one can see the crashbars on the left are slightly smaller around the cylinder than on the right hand side.

Laat ons weet ja. Ek het ook my protectors afgehaal van my LC af sodat ek dit op die LCA kan sit. Een ding wat ek opgemerk het, is dat jy die crashbars eers moet losmaak en afhaal.

Moes jy dieselfde gedoen het, of is daar n makliker manier??
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Re: SW Motech cylinder protectors on 2015 1200 GSA
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2015, 04:51:24 am »
Pics show the smaller OEM crash bar on the left and how the protector bumps up against the crash bar, preventing the crash bar from fitting back. Right side is perfect.

Crankshaft, ek kon nie sien dat dit moontlik is om sonder die crash bar los te maak maar dit is net vier boude so dit is vining en makliker om so te werk
 

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Re: SW Motech cylinder protectors on 2015 1200 GSA
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2015, 09:02:21 am »
OEM crashbars and head protectors! Why make a heavy bike even heavier?

Ek het ook 'n behoorlike bashplate, cylinder protectors sowel as ekstra support struts op my LC GSA se crashbars opgesit - alles items wat in jou boekies bloot onnodige gewig behels.

Dit hang egter af waarvoor jy jou fiets gebruik - indien jy 'n pavement warrior is sal ek voor in die koor wees ten einde saam te stem dat dit totaal en al oorbodig is en dat dit bloot oor voorkoms gaan. Indien jy egter jou fiets behoorlik aanwend beteken hierdie addisionele paar kg egter wel die verskil tussen jy wat met jou ysterperd huistoe ry vs. jou fiets wat op 'n sleepwa huistoe ry - wanneer jy behoorlik die boendoes invaar is die logistieke nagmerrie om jou fiets te laat recover alleen alreeds meer as genoeg rede om voldoende beskerming aan te bring...Weereens, horses for courses.
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Re: SW Motech cylinder protectors on 2015 1200 GSA
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2015, 05:04:31 pm »
Pics show the smaller OEM crash bar on the left and how the protector bumps up against the crash bar, preventing the crash bar from fitting back. Right side is perfect.

Crankshaft, ek kon nie sien dat dit moontlik is om sonder die crash bar los te maak maar dit is net vier boude so dit is vining en makliker om so te werk

Dare, laat weet as jy n oplossing het. Wat van n alternatiewe A-key boudjie met n kleiner kop?? :lamer:
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Re: SW Motech cylinder protectors on 2015 1200 GSA
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2015, 12:08:28 am »
Ok. I received the parts today and installed tonight. It was a tight fit but nothing touching the bars. My guess is that your bars aren't 100% aligned. Chatting to Johan at Wild@heart about your problem, he found on the one side of his GSA LC he had to use a wrench to pull his crash bars out to fit the crash bars support.

Another note is that these damn SW Motech protectors aren't a precision made piece of kit. For the amount of money they cost I thought they would be. There was a bit of frustration and swearing to get two or three of the holes aligned with the engine mounting screws.

I could not take descent pictures tonight. I'll try again tomorrow in the sun light.

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Re: SW Motech cylinder protectors on 2015 1200 GSA
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2015, 12:34:37 am »
OEM crashbars and head protectors! Why make a heavy bike even heavier?

Howzit.
Firstly, these cylinder protectors aren't that heavy. They pretty light.
Secondly, and the main reason, I've seen a GS LC limp home because a rock found its way between the OEM crash bars to punch a hole through the cylinder head. Thankfully metal putty was on hand to help seal the hole. It almost ruined the Lesotho holiday for the rider.

Yeah, always best to have the training and experience to not drop the bike but it does happen sometimes.

On the same trip, another GS cylinder head was saved because it had protectors on it.  It also had crash bars but the bars don't stop those sharp rocks.

I suppose all this comes from having a boxer engine that sticks out.
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Re: SW Motech cylinder protectors on 2015 1200 GSA
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2015, 11:01:47 am »
OEM crashbars and head protectors! Why make a heavy bike even heavier?

Howzit.
Firstly, these cylinder protectors aren't that heavy. They pretty light.
Secondly, and the main reason, I've seen a GS LC limp home because a rock found its way between the OEM crash bars to punch a hole through the cylinder head. Thankfully metal putty was on hand to help seal the hole. It almost ruined the Lesotho holiday for the rider.

Yeah, always best to have the training and experience to not drop the bike but it does happen sometimes.



On the same trip, another GS cylinder head was saved because it had protectors on it.  It also had crash bars but the bars don't stop those sharp rocks.

I suppose all this comes from having a boxer engine that sticks out.

Ek het hierdie protectors op my GS LC gehad en toe weer afgehaal toe ek hom verkoop het vir sy groter boetie, die ADV LC. Ek het nog nie kans gehad om hulle weer op te sit nie, maar dit is regtig lig soos jy sÍ, en dit lyk regtig mooi. Maak die cylinder head mooi toe.
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Re: SW Motech cylinder protectors on 2015 1200 GSA
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2015, 12:22:26 pm »
OEM crashbars and head protectors! Why make a heavy bike even heavier?

Howzit.
Firstly, these cylinder protectors aren't that heavy. They pretty light.
Secondly, and the main reason, I've seen a GS LC limp home because a rock found its way between the OEM crash bars to punch a hole through the cylinder head. Thankfully metal putty was on hand to help seal the hole. It almost ruined the Lesotho holiday for the rider.

Yeah, always best to have the training and experience to not drop the bike but it does happen sometimes.

On the same trip, another GS cylinder head was saved because it had protectors on it.  It also had crash bars but the bars don't stop those sharp rocks.

I suppose all this comes from having a boxer engine that sticks out.

I have to agree...I made the decision while tooling along on good gravel and a stone klapped my toe. It stung me through my boot (I always do ATGATT)
 

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Re: SW Motech cylinder protectors on 2015 1200 GSA
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2015, 12:25:34 pm »
Ok. I received the parts today and installed tonight. It was a tight fit but nothing touching the bars. My guess is that your bars aren't 100% aligned. Chatting to Johan at Wild@heart about your problem, he found on the one side of his GSA LC he had to use a wrench to pull his crash bars out to fit the crash bars support.

Another note is that these damn SW Motech protectors aren't a precision made piece of kit. For the amount of money they cost I thought they would be. There was a bit of frustration and swearing to get two or three of the holes aligned with the engine mounting screws.

I could not take descent pictures tonight. I'll try again tomorrow in the sun light.



Thanks Roarman. Not sure if I want to take a wrench to my crash bars just yet but yes I am sure the issue is with the OEM bars. My protectors fitted just fine over the holes.
 

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Re: SW Motech cylinder protectors on 2015 1200 GSA
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2015, 08:47:54 am »
Finally fixed the frigging thing! Went to my local BMW dealer Clearwater and spoke to Morne. He tells me it's a known issue that all the left hand side crash bars sit slightly closer to the valve cover.

He gave me an 8mm thick stainless steel spacer that I drilled out to 10mm and fitted it to the lower mount. This gives me about 3mm space between the protector and the crash bar.

Sorted!