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Engine Guards / Cylinder Protectors R1200S

We've had some recent heavy rain which has caused a lot of washout on the roads here. There's a road near where I live that I'm very familiar with and know where all the bad spots are after a a good rain.

Well... Today I found a new spot that was completely camouflaged with the road and in a slow, tight corner and where there's never been any debris before. The bike slid for about 20' on the on the valve cover guard and my riding pants got a little damage but that's it.

So I currently have the BMW 71 60 7 684 308 standard plastic valve cover guards on my R1200S, which work well but now that I am looking to replace one.

I'm wondering what others are using and what experiences, if any, folks have had with any aftermarket guards good or bad.
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Wow, if you cylinder head covers weren't damaged..same again.
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1. Touratech silver/black - if you can find them used or wait until they become available: https://touratech-usa.com/Store/Cylinder-Head-Guards-Silver-R1200GS-RT-HP2-up-to-2009

2. MachineArtMoto - readily available, cheaper than Touratech and very durable: https://machineartmoto.com/products/x-head/x-head-v-3/

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1. Touratech silver/black - if you can find them used or wait until they become available: https://touratech-usa.com/Store/Cylinder-Head-Guards-Silver-R1200GS-RT-HP2-up-to-2009

2. MachineArtMoto - readily available, cheaper than Touratech and very durable: https://machineartmoto.com/products/x-head/x-head-v-3/

I like those X-Heads.
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Wunderlich also has a nice looking set in aluminum at their usual premium price. Friend has the ones for the R1100S on his bike and they are very well made.
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Have you checked stock prices? The magnesium stockers weren't that expensive (i.e. not worth buying the guards that cost more than the parts they're intended to protect). I noticed mine are oxidizing so I'm getting ready to powdercoat the stockers black.
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Have you checked stock prices? The magnesium stockers weren't that expensive (i.e. not worth buying the guards that cost more than the parts they're intended to protect). I noticed mine are oxidizing so I'm getting ready to powdercoat the stockers black.
Being able to ride back home was worth it though. I even continued on with my ride.

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Good point. I've also seen JB weld and aluminum can repairs which worked well enough.
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I had some Wunder-or-other aluminium guards on my R and had a slide.
Worthless.
I'm a big fan of the Machineartmoto guards, so...+1.
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Found some on fleabay a while back for the R11S, very similar to these at about this price:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycle-Engine-Protector-Guard-Fit-BMW-R1200S-2006-2007-R900RT-2005-2009/222525047780?hash=item33cf86c3e4:g:30YAAOSwi7RZKET f&vxp=mtr

They seem to be hard plastic molded over a chromed steel frame and are not obtrusive. There looks to be about a uniform 1/8" air gap between them and the heads. No slides so far, thank you, but a couple of garage/parking lot tip-overs and they did their job perfectly. I'd think they could handle much more but would rather not be the one to report on that.
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