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AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled

Order the Crash Bars and Skid Plate for the water cooled R 1200 GS together as one system here.

If you've already installed the AltRider Skid Plate, mounting brackets are not required. Choose "Without Brackets" in the dropdown to the right.

A new bike requires new protection, so AltRider completely redesigned the crash bars for the new water boxer model. A step up from years past, they utilize 1.25 inch (31.75 mm) O.D. stainless steel tubing making them the largest diameter bars on the market. The decision to increase the diameter came from years of research and production results. The West Coast BMW Off-Road Training School has been outfitting their bikes with AltRider gear for the past 3 years. This real world testing yielded much insight on how much damage large bikes can do during crashes. 1 inch (25.4 mm) bars allow a significant amount of flex during a crash, creating the need to space them farther from the bike. The stout 1.25 inch (31.75 mm) bars allow a tighter profile while still providing real protection. Available in shot peen satin, black powder coat, triple black (grey) powder coat and blue powder coat finish, they're extremely resistant to rust whether you’re riding the liquid cooled GS across the highway or across a river.

The top of the bars are secured in a total of three locations per side. The front mount is the only one on the market designed to utilize 2 bolts per side to increase the ability to distribute the load of any impact. The rear is held with a custom machined through-bolt that replaces the engine mount hardware -- increasing strength of the bars up to 25%. AltRider offers one of only a few designs that utilize a custom machined through-bolt. There are no plastic spacers to break upon impact. This creates an incredibly strong design that distributes any impact evenly throughout the bars, and also makes a solid foundation for upper crash bars.

Another first for AltRider crash bars are the integrated 3/16 inch (4.76 mm) lower flanges designed to interface with an AltRider skid plate. This creates a modular protection system that doesn’t mount directly to the motor and is substantially more robust than anything else on the market.  

Other bars are fabricated by crimping then welding joints, creating a forced fit with a weak bond. In this method, gaps are created which are later filled with weld. The additional heat causes warpage and all-too-common installation difficulties. All AltRider joints are 5-axis laser cut, creating a perfect union before the bars are hand TIG welded in a jig. This process creates a precision fit, easy installation and superior strength. Using only the best manufacturing techniques means all AtlRider motorcycle accessories are of the highest quality, ensuring the best protection for your adventure bike.

Installation is simple and straightforward. All necessary hardware, including a difficult to find T55 bit, is provided with the bars. 

  • 100% designed and manufactured in the USA
  • 1.25 inch (31.75 mm) stainless steel tubing
  • 5-axis laser cut and hand TIG welded joints
  • Custom machined M12 engine through-bolt heat treated and plated to Grade 8
  • 40 mm flange mount design increases strength exponentially
  • 3/16 inch (4.76 mm) lower flanges integrate with AltRider skid plate 
  • Weight: 12.2 lbs (5.5 kg)
  • Compatible with R 1200 GS Rallye and Exclusive models
  • "Triple Black (Grey)" color matches the Agate Grey frame tube color of the Exlusive
  • "Blue" powder coat color made to mimic the frame color of the Rallye edition
  • Because powder coat is baked-on plastic, not wet paint, colors may not be a direct perfect match for the frame paint color

 

*Please note for 2013/2014 model year bikes: BMW changed the design for the frame in November 2013. To tell if you need bars for the 2013 or 2014 and newer models, examine the frame tab referenced in steps 5 and 9 in the installation instructions. If your tab has two holes, you’ll need 2013 bars. If your tab has one hole, you’ll need 2014 and newer bars.

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AltRider's Crash Test


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AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Feature
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Product Contents
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Product Contents
2013 R1200GSW Crash Bars instructions-R2.pdf Download_icon

Install Instructions for 2013 R1200GSW Crash Bars

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Install Instructions for 2014+ R1200GSW Crash Bars

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AltRider Crash Bars for the R1200GSW

AltRider Crash Bars for the R1200GSW

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AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Feature
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Installed
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Additional Photos
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Product Contents
AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled - Product Contents

AltRider Crash Bars for the BMW R 1200 GS Water Cooled


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  • Mon 09 Nov, 2015
    by

    Really Happy with this purchase

    I did a LOT of research before deciding to buy these crash bars, and boy am I glad I did. They're certainly not the cheapest bars that are out there, but they're clearly well made and very well designed. Installation was a breeze, with the exception of removing the OE top engine mounting thru bolt, which required two people and a 3’ foot long breaker bar to pull off. (If only I had researched just a bit more before I went to work I would have found out the Loctite product BMW uses requires heat to loosen its death grip on the bolts/nuts to which it is applied!) Beyond that preventable hassle, the bars mounted up exceptionally well and look to be as solid as advertised. The finish is high quality and is a closer color match to the stock BMW frame paint than I’d expected. All in all, I would highly recommend this set of bars.
  • Thu 19 Jun, 2014
    by

    Almost want to drop it just to see it work !

    Way more solid than the competition- I looked at everything out there. Nothing compares. As always make sure you use the tools suggested. I used a 2 foot piece of metal bar to get extra leverage to remove the factory engine bolt. these also do a great job as replacement for highway pegs - no need for them, your foot locks in securely and very comfortable for a stretch on a long ride.
  • Mon 26 May, 2014
    by

    Burliest of crash bars on the market.

    I did a lot of researching before buying my crash bars. The AltRider bars had the largest diameter tubing and stainless steel construction. One of the first engineering principles you learn is the basic beam bending equations and based on those, a 1.25" tube will offer over double the resistance to bending of a 1" tube. Cold-worked stainless steel can also have double the yield and ultimate strengths vs. mild steel which translates to much higher impacts without damaging the cylinder heads and valve covers as well as not looking rusty after a couple years of abuse. AltRider being a local company that also manufactures in the US is really cool, but to really feel good about a purchase I have to know it'll work; the fit and finish of my bars along with a well engineered design give me that confidence. One additional note, the installation process was very anti-climatic. All the time I spent researching and then pouring over the instructions, then it was just 5 nuts/bolts per side to do the actual install on my 2014 (7 if you count mounting the bracket to the bar).


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