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post #1 of 12 Old Mar 27th, 2015, 3:34 pm Thread Starter
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Best Engine and Bag Protection Bars

Just got a real gently used K1600 GT, but unfortunately, as it's still pretty much new, it didn't come with the engine protection bars that I see on a lot of the 1600 series bikes. I've been looking at a few, and have seen BMW's own version, plus several others including Wunderlich, Ilium works, and even this version from an Italian company, Isotta, which seems to be a great price on one if it's a rugged as it looks. I also noticed the Altrider ones, which come out more and have brackets to mount lights on, though I don't know if I need more lighting yet. They also go from one side to the other, which seems like it would give more support. I know some of them have a provision for or come with some highway pegs, but that is not a big concern of mine as, like on the bike I traded in on this, a K1200 LT, they are not set up really well for those, and it is pretty uncomfortable to ride that way anyway. Are there others out there that I've missed? The best bag protectors for the rear of the bike I see appear to be Wunderlich, but they are pricey, and another guy is selling some homemade version, but they don't look as good as the Wundelich. Are there any other options for those?

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Re: Best Engine and Bag Protection Bars

I had the stock ones put on the front and as per a number of people who have laid the bike down, they seem to work. I like the fact that they are pretty inconspicuous.

I also added the homemade version for the rear bags. I like everything about them except that if you want to remove the bags, they stick out like Obama ears.

They all probably work about the same on a low speed drop and I tend to have more faith in the BMW engineers than I do after market accessories. My $0.02.

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I'm kind to leaning towards the Altrider ones, as they stick out a little further than the other ones, offering an increased margin of error, plus connect to each other, which should be sturdier I would think. And being they stick out a little further, I think they would be more amenable to using highway pegs if I ever decide to use some as they would be easier to get your legs clear of the fairing. As far as the rear ones, I'm not that concerned with how the bike looks without bags as I would never take them off to ride as I have too much stuff I need to carry like clothing, etc.

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Remember, sticking out a little further also means less ground clearance during hard cornering.

Some of the more sporty riders have ground the Altrider bars down during aggressive corner strafing runs . . .

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Looks to me like you'd have to be doing some really serious leaning to get down that far, maybe at a track day or something. I don't see myself doing a lot of that.

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I purchased the Ilium Works engine bars for mine. They are 3 piece and the center segment connects the left and right bars. They do not have mounting tabs for additional lighting. The bars do provide 7 different positions to mount highway pegs, and 3" of forward and rearward adjustment for varying inseams. And the foot pads on the pegs pivot for different foot positioning. I have not added the pegs as of yet, but I'm saving for them.

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I went with the Altrider bars with Ilium hwy pegs. The package works very well for me and has to be one of the most comfortable highway peg setups I have ever used. I have only heard of one individual that touched down on the Altrider bars and he was two-up with luggage and by his own admission, was running pretty hard. I don't recall any information on how he had the suspension adjusted. From my experience you have to REALLY be running hard to touch ground with the Altrider bars. A real purchase point for me on the Altrider bars was the fact the bike doesn't lay down as far with them if you do drop it, which should make it easier to upright the bike especially if your are alone.

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I have the Ilium engine guards with foot pegs and the rear (pannier) guards from a guy named C4 on the K1600GTL Forum

These two items are highly functional and I would not use anything else.....my .02/worth!

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I have the Ilium engine guards with foot pegs and the rear (pannier) guards from a guy named C4 on the K1600GTL Forum

These two items are highly functional and I would not use anything else.....my .02/worth!
Like Brett said I recommend the C4's rear protection bars. We have both dropped our bikes with minimal damage to the side case :thumbup:
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Re: Best Engine and Bag Protection Bars

This is also the set up that I have, I hope that I never have the opportunity to try them out though!
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This is also the set up that I have, I hope that I never have the opportunity to try them out though!

................but if you do..........................

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Re: Best Engine and Bag Protection Bars

Ilium guards and pegs (love the pegs) and C4's bag protectors...guess they work, hope I don't find out. I've never leaned far enough to even fold up the foot pegs, much less grind the guards.
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