Re: Iliumworks or Wunderlich R1200RTW crash bars?
Well I can certainly understand the rationale for full engine guards and thought about it quite a bit when I bought my '16 RT but in the end was OK w/o. If the dealer had offered them I would have definitely accepted the offer. Having another vehicle knock the bike over is definitely an indication for full guards. I know I go out of my way to park away from other cars when I go to the store or stop for food, wherever I can, but it happens for sure. One factor for me is I'm tall at 6'3" w/o shoes, so this makes it a little easier to stay upright for low speed stuff, emphasis on 'little' as it's just one factor I understand. On our long ride this summer we managed to park in wind and weather protected areas 90% of the time during motel stops. I'm guessing I'll be sorry some day but as I see it I have about $700 worth of credit towards a repair since I haven't paid for guards per se. The dealer threw in the valve cover guards and side case bumpers.
Apparently some folks are more prone to drops than others for myriad reasons. Just yesterday my wife was driving about a block from where we live and she witnessed an 'older' guy on a BMW drop his beemer when his plan to come to a rolling stop suddenly morphed into the need to stop outright as my wife's car was approaching his 3-way intersection where he had planned to make a right turn into her path. He put his left foot down into a pothole, he lost his balance and down she went. Pretty easy to see why this happened--he had to make an unanticipated sudden stop which he set himself up for with the rolling stop, and he didn't notice the pothole, presumably because he hadn't planned on stopping. This particular intersection has poorer visibility to oncoming traffic from the left, so again, he set himself up for this type of event.
2016 R1200RT - Dreamliner
2013 F800GT - Sold
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1985 Kawasaki 1000 LTD - Sold
1964 Harley Davidson Sprint 250 - Sold
1968 Honda 350 - Sold