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post #1 of 17 Old Nov 20th, 2011, 4:42 pm Thread Starter
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Found these on a different K1600 forum. They are manufactured in Japan by Moriyasu and can be purchased through Spiralspinner Co, LTD for $750:

http://eng.spiralspinner.jp/products...product_id=954

Took about a month to get them. Installed yesterday. They are extremely good quality, took about two hours after the tupperware was off, but if the instructions had not been in Japanese, might have only taken an hour.They line up perfectly with the threaded engine and frame bosses. Only installation challenge is removing the radiator fan. The stock running lights mount much cleaner and a little lower, giving a better look overall.

If anyone wants more info or installation pics and advice, please post a question to me at this forum and I will be happy to share. These are far better than BMW engine guards, although pricey.

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Very nice, clean look also>.
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And much better protection for running lights. These guards are mounted directly to the engine block and frame with reinforcing bars to spread the load. They are made to keep the weight of the bike off the engine in the event of a lay down and are solid as a rock. Perfect fit.

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They looks really substantial and seem to be much better if you want to mount some sort of foot extension resting point. They also look like they would do a much better job of protecting the plastic, your leg and the engine in case of a lay-down. If the ones that I am supposed to be getting for "free" had not been available, i would be very interested in getting these. I might just sell mine, if they ever get here, "anyone want just a left", as that's all that I have, and get a pair.

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You would definitely be impressed with these. They are very solid but still look classy. No question on the protection.

So this is the first half of the equation. The next step is to figure out the highway pegs to mount on the vertical support. Problem is that the supporting risers are not symmetrical because the engine bosses are not the same in alignment side to side, so some improvising lies ahead.

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Idea for highway peg.

Something that folds up (out-of-the-way) like the passenger footrest on my LT, that could be connected to the vertical bar (from the pic) seems like would be perfect.

could be adjustable (up and down) and even be spring loaded to retract when not in use!!!!!!!

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Found these on a different K1600 forum. They are manufactured in Japan by Moriyasu and can be purchased through Spiralspinner Co, LTD for $750:

http://eng.spiralspinner.jp/products...product_id=954

Took about a month to get them. Installed yesterday. They are extremely good quality, took about two hours after the tupperware was off, but if the instructions had not been in Japanese, might have only taken an hour.They line up perfectly with the threaded engine and frame bosses. Only installation challenge is removing the radiator fan. The stock running lights mount much cleaner and a little lower, giving a better look overall.

If anyone wants more info or installation pics and advice, please post a question to me at this forum and I will be happy to share. These are far better than BMW engine guards, although pricey.

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You have a typo. You added a zero to the price. Nobody would pay $750 for some welded tubing.

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im glad you said it
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You have a typo. You added a zero to the price. Nobody would pay $750 for some welded tubing.
Are they Gold plated for that price .
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How about $350 for some welded tube!

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Jap part on a Beemer? I think that bike just got a little better.

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So these bars look very nice, but what do others, preferably cheaper, look like?? Are there other bars available now? After reading the story about the low side skid that totalled a 1600, I think I need a set of these. Not that I foresee being on the low side!!!
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No question that these are very expensive, chrome plated as they are, instead of gold plated as they should be for that price. I looked at it as insurance that doesn't detract from the look of the bike.

Someone in the US should buy a pair and copy them so we could get the price down to a reasonable level. Not sure, but I think the weak $ played a role in the exchange rate at time. This is an easy assembly and someone will come up with a better option than BMW offers.

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Before owning my present K1600GTL, I spent the last 8 years or so and about 50,000 miles on a K1200LT. Initially, I would have been the first to jump on these "crash" (DAMN, I dropped it again!) engine protection bars as oppose to the ones that BMW "gave" me with my order. I'm guessing that my 02 K1200LT took 3-4 unexpected naps during my ownership and all but one left nothing to show except an embarrassed owner. One required a ~$200 paint and body work repair.

That being said, I do have to say that there is quite a difference in the handling / balance / weight distribution feel of the K1600GTL and if I do drop her, I'll be quite surprised. She just doesn't feel as top heavy and I feel so much more at ease during slow speed maneuvering.

I'm guessing, because so far, we haven't heard, that the engine protection bars that BMW is supplying will deal with a nap or lay-down problem. Everything else on the bike seems so well thought out. These after market bars do seem more rugged and look like they will give the engine more protection. Maybe more than necessary!

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Dan--I certainly agree with your assessment that we will not be laying this bike over as has happened to many of us with our LT's. My original 1999 LT (70K miles) surprised be three times that way and my 2009 only once, so I got better over the years. That said, probably the biggest reason I was open to the 1600GTL in the first place was its reduced CG and weight of the bike. I feel much more in control with a passenger on board at slow speed and tight maneuvers in a gravel parking lot. The rest of the 1600's neat features were incentives to buy a new bike, but the better slow speed control was at the top of my list.

As far as the other comments about the price of the engine guards, I note that my bill for the foot peg lowering kits from Verholen came to $412. So while I would like to have less expensive engine guards, by comparison, not that bad at $750. I guess if you can't afford the tickets to the game, you can always watch K1600 videos on YouTube--not quite the same as being in the saddle, but cheaper, if that's your objective.

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Just a follow up to the availability of Crash Bars, Highway Pegs, Floor Boards (Rider and Passenger), and side stand adapter.

I loaned my 1600GT into Ilium Works here in my home town for them to do R and D for the above items. They also a got a hold of a GTL for the same. John at Ilium has the jigs ready for manufacturing. Keep an eye out for their version's soon. See http://www.iliumworks.com/ . An e mail to them might speed up the process.

I've had their stuff on other BMW's and found to be of high quality.

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Just a follow up to the availability of Crash Bars, Highway Pegs, Floor Boards (Rider and Passenger), and side stand adapter.

I loaned my 1600GT into Ilium Works here in my home town for them to do R and D for the above items. They also a got a hold of a GTL for the same. John at Ilium has the jigs ready for manufacturing. Keep an eye out for their version's soon. See http://www.iliumworks.com/ . An e mail to them might speed up the process.

I've had their stuff on other BMW's and found to be of high quality.
I emailed them a while back about a brake replacement that is needed when you lower the riding pegs (I.E., Suburban Machinery) and they said that one might be in the works a little later. I am using their shifter adapter, a simple slip on that works.

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