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    K1600 "Crash" Engine protection bars

    Hi All. I'm interested in putting engine protection bars on my brand new K1600GT. Any feedback from owners who have installed or had bars installed would be appreciated. Info on what brand and type you are using and how much you like them would be very helpful. Thanks.

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    Cool

    My GT came with the factory bars, after dropping bike in driveway, ouch, and scratching front cowl I replaced them with the Altrider bars. It's my belief they offer more protection and would have prevented cowl scratches.
    FYI install time about 90 min, good time to install CDANES running lights, K1600 forum, and replace the weak BMW horn. Installed photon blasters at the same time so my time was a little more like 4 hours learned a lot about bike
    Best investment is a electric screwdriver from Home Depot make quick work of torx screws

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    Thanks so much for the information. I suspected OEM bars might not prevent just the type of damage you described. The Altrider bars or Ilium product would also provide a place for highway pegs to give my old knees a break on longer rides. The Altrider bars also appear to make it easier to lift the bike should the unfortunate happen.
    Tom

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    I have the Wunderlich bars because the Altriders were not avail at the time. In a test drop, they worked fined and even the upper cowl was protected. Pricing is roughly the same.

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    I installed the altrider crash bars, easy to install and they accomidate the driving lamps the best I think,

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    I have the OEM bars. I have never used them, but my brother did when he tipped my bike over at a stop. I saw a minor scuff on the bar and no damage on the plastic bodywork. If the bike was going at any speed, it might have been a different story.
    Andre Boening
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    I had the Ilium bars installed yesterday and hope I never have to see how well they work. I went with the Ilium because the dealer recommended them over the other brands. I said "install whichever you believe gives the best protection". Also did not want something that had to be removed to service the bike.

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    I stuck with the OEM bars after some have reported Ilium and AltRider bars touch down in spirited riding. Also, I prefer the way the GT looks with the BMW crash bars.
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    Ilium Works Crash Bars and Highway Pegs

    Quote Originally Posted by mike m View Post
    I stuck with the OEM bars after some have reported Ilium and AltRider bars touch down in spirited riding. Also, I prefer the way the GT looks with the BMW crash bars.
    I installed the Ilium Works system - gift from my wife for Christmas. They went on without any problems (make sure you don't tighten anything until all bolts are started). They blend in very well, and offer great protection. I can't see them from the cockpit until I flip the highway pegs out. I was afraid they'd make the bike look ugly and wide, but they look great!!

    I think I would have preferred the Altrider because they give better tip over protection, but you can't beat a gift!!

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    Ilium question

    I have been leaning on getting the Wunderlich guards however have just seen the illium & alt rider and like them as well. One question, does the Ilium prevent cowl damage , does it have enough outward protection w/o allowing damage to the fairing? I know the altrider and Wunderlich provide so much but I like the Ilium's line!

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