Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Dublin, , Ireland
Some more feedback on how useful R&G crash protectors are:
Went down on LHS (with protectors fitted):
Rear Left Panier lid replaced.
Left Faring was OK.
Headlight faring and mirrors still got damaged, the protectors didn't work for these.
Bike dropped on RHS (before protectors fitted):
again headlight faring replaced, and RHS faring replaced (the one with the glove box)
And a new clutch cable fitted, I can confirm it does get 'nicked'.
From experience the protectors only seem to protect the faring panels, as stated above there are other parts that stick out beyond them, and the way the bike falls, it seems to balance on the protectors, then tips and the headlight faring and mirrors then hit the ground.
With the protectors fitted, it saved the cost of replacing the faring. The protector needed replacement (only sold in pairs), and the remaining panels still had to replaced.
The good news is that cost of the K1200 GT panels have dropped, making it a less expensive experience.
One down side is that you do have to drill the faring, and when it comes to trading the bike in, the BMW dealer could do you for replacing the panels, to restore the bike to original state, as was the case here.
Overall they do work, but not as well as you might think, and it could cost you 2 new panels and labour when it comes to trading the bike in, which would be the same cost of droping it twice. I did not fit them to my K1300GT.