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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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Old 10-19-2017, 01:20 PM
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Wow, if you cylinder head covers weren't damaged..same again.
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Touratech or MAM

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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So I got a set of Machinearts and thought that the plastic they were made of seemed... off.
They are hard and feel similar to that type of hard plastic ABS or old Bakelite. I don't
know a term for that type of plastic but I went with it.

Today I was klutz backing my bike out of the garage. I lost my balance and
dropped it. You know, trying to hold it up awkwardly saying, "NO NO NO NO!!" *KLUNK*.
It was a slow drop but it came to rest on one engine cover. The cover literally cracked
and shattered. I mean shattered in that there were a few decent sized pieces that were
completely sheared off.

They really are brittle and just have no give to absorb an impact. If they break this bad
in a minor drop I doubt their effectiveness. I don't recommend them.

I'm going back to the OEM style.



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Not that it would necessarily make a difference, but I use different mounting hardware on my MotoMachine guards.

Referencing above depiction, for the forward mount I use a more robust (head) chrome bolt and larger 15 mm washer (same as at the rear). I also make sure as best as possible not to load up tension on the guard at any particular mount.

Glad to see your VC was not marred in the tip-over, Mike.
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So I got a set of Machinearts and thought that the plastic they were made of seemed... off.
They are hard and feel similar to that type of hard plastic ABS or old Bakelite. I don't
know a term for that type of plastic but I went with it.

Today I was klutz backing my bike out of the garage. I lost my balance and
dropped it. You know, trying to hold it up awkwardly saying, "NO NO NO NO!!" *KLUNK*.
It was a slow drop but it came to rest on one engine cover. The cover literally cracked
and shattered. I mean shattered in that there were a few decent sized pieces that were
completely sheared off.

They really are brittle and just have no give to absorb an impact. If they break this bad
in a minor drop I doubt their effectiveness. I don't recommend them.

I'm going back to the OEM style.



Never seen that before. You should contact MAM and show them.
They might replace it.
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So I got a set of Machinearts and thought that the plastic they were made of seemed... off.
They are hard and feel similar to that type of hard plastic ABS or old Bakelite. I don't
know a term for that type of plastic but I went with it.

Today I was klutz backing my bike out of the garage. I lost my balance and
dropped it. You know, trying to hold it up awkwardly saying, "NO NO NO NO!!" *KLUNK*.
It was a slow drop but it came to rest on one engine cover. The cover literally cracked
and shattered. I mean shattered in that there were a few decent sized pieces that were
completely sheared off.

They really are brittle and just have no give to absorb an impact. If they break this bad
in a minor drop I doubt their effectiveness. I don't recommend them.

I'm going back to the OEM style.



Here's my three cents. A slide will likely cause less damage to the valve covers than a straight fall over of the motorcycle. When the motorcycle falls over the protector recieves an impact all at once and is more likley to fracture or break. In a slide the impact is not as great and the damage is different to the protector. Your photos show this. But keep in mind you have the protectors to do just that, protect the valve covers and associated engine components. So, I think about any valve cover protector is just fine. I dropped a bike once and the protector broke but what it was protecting was fine; in a slide it'll get severly abraded but still will do what it was designed for.
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Hey Mike,

I have a set of the factory cylinder guards which I will gladly ship to you at no charge. Currently I have a set of carbon fiber guards installed which have a thick shock absorbing puck to spread the load to a larger surface area of the cover should the bike land on the cylinder.

I am trying to recall where I purchased them. If you shoot me a current email I will send pics of the set I have installed on my black and blue R1216$.
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These seem more expensive than the ones I bought but these are similar to the cylinder guards my R12S is wearing.

https://www.ebay.com/i/323384313420?chn=ps
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Thanks Kurt. How's it going? I should have waited but I already had bought a set.
I fixed your post below as well.......

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These seem more explosive than the ones I bought but these are similar to the cylinder guards my R12S is wearing.

https://www.ebay.com/i/323384313420?chn=ps
If any of you are scratching your heads, do a search for carbon fiber and/or BST wheels
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