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I bought a mint, low mileage 2011 R1200RT last winter and have been enjoying the bike very much. My biggest issue with the bike is that it's a bit heavy and hard to handle when off the road in places like dirt parking lots, campgrounds, steeply sloped spots or just pulling off the side of the road. Well, last week the inevitable happened and I dropped my RT at a sloping boat launch area where I was going to take a break. So I instantly wiped out a side case cover, cylinder head protector and mirror housing.
A set of front and rear crash bars would cost the same as this damage and I wish that I had bought them now. I did a search on this forum for crash bar info but all the threads for the camhead RT are really old. What I'm looking for is a recommendation and source for front and rear crash bars. There's a number of choices for front bars, a few choices for the rear, and they are all very expensive. Then there's the bargain stuff on eBay.
Does anybody know a source for reasonably priced front and rear crash bars for my 2011 R1200RT? Any advice? Thanks in advance!
 

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I also have a 2011 RT SE. I did the same. Cost me what new bars would cost if I’d bought them beforehand. I sourced new Ztechnic stainless steel bars for the front and found silver Touratech bars for the rear. Both really easy to fit. The Ztechnic were £350ish but are still brilliant and hold the Givi fog lights. The Touratechs were from a guy on EBay for £90 second hand but not a scratch on them. There are some deals to be had but frankly they are worth every penny new.
 
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I also have a 2011 RT SE. I did the same. Cost me what new bars would cost if I’d bought them beforehand. I sourced new Ztechnic stainless steel bars for the front and found silver Touratech bars for the rear. Both really easy to fit. The Ztechnic were £350ish but are still brilliant and hold the Givi fog lights. The Touratechs were from a guy on EBay for £90 second hand but not a scratch on them. There are some deals to be had but frankly they are worth every penny new.
I would prefer stainless bars front and back and I do like the Ztechnik bars but I can't find anybody that makes stainless rears. So I assume that Touratech has stopped mking stainless rears. If I have to I will go with painted bars such as the Wunderlich items but maybe something will show up on eBay or the like.
 

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I would prefer stainless bars front and back and I do like the Ztechnik bars but I can't find anybody that makes stainless rears. So I assume that Touratech has stopped mking stainless rears. If I have to I will go with painted bars such as the Wunderlich items but maybe something will show up on eBay or the like.
I wanted the same. Stainless steel front and back. Ztechnic does not do a rear set in SS. I asked Heed in Poland if they made a rear set and they said SS does perform well in bending machines and wouldn’t do it. havent found a SS rear set by anyone. Sadly.
 
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