Re: Engine Guards from Japan
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!
12 K1600 GTL
02 K1200 LT (gone but not forgotten)