It’s possible to do a lot of damage when you drop a motorcycle at low-speed, or even when you’ve stopped. That can be when you’re tackling a tricky off-road section (we’ve done that). Or if you misjudge the camber of the road (also done that!). Or if you happen to get on your bike outside a busy pub and forget you’re on a steep hill (yep, that one too!). It’s bad enough on an old, beaten up bike, but even worse if it’s a recent purchase. So the new Wunderlich engine crash bars for the latest BMW R1200GS may protect your investment, even if your dignity still suffers.
All crash bars work on the same principle. Put a protective cage around the bits you want to keep safe – generally the engine. Then if you do have a mishap, the bars take the fall. For the BMW R1200GS, Wunderlich has produced both Lower and Upper engine bars, to cover most of your front end.
The Wunderlich Upper Engine Bars will help to cover the bodywork, upper engine casings and lower section of the petrol tank. There’s a connector tube running from either side to give extra strength. And they’ll fit the Wunderlich lower bars, the original BMW versions, or extra Wunderlich parts like the cylinder head guards or spotlights.
All the bars are designed to use existing frame anchor points, and give protection with the least width and weight. To fit the BMW R1200GS LC 2017 onwards, the Wunderlich Upper Engine Bars will cost you £219.
You can also cover your lower half with the Wunderlich Lower Engine Bars. They’ve got a total of six mounting points to existing anchors on the frame, plus a central mount which acts as a pivot during a fall. They follow the lines of the engine, so they won’t remove your ground clearance, have integrated valve cover protection, and shouldn’t stop you being able to change the oil or adjust the valves.
The Wunderlich Lower Engine Bars will fit the BMW R1200GS 2013-on and 2017-on, the BMW R1200R LC 2015-on, and the BMW R1200RS LC 2015-on. And they’ll cost you £199. Both the Upper and Lower sets of bars also come in stainless or black finishes, if you prefer them to blue. Either way, £400 for pretty comprehensive crash protection will save you a fair bit of cash if you have the misfortune to fall.